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More than 1,300 Students to Participate in Annual Scrubs Camps

Nov 15, 2019

About 1,325 students in grades 5 through 12 from 129 North Dakota rural communities will take part in the Rural Collaborative Opportunities for Occupational Learning in Health (R-COOL-Health) Scrubs Camp program between November 13, 2019, and April 24, 2020.

This is the 11th year Scrubs Camps are being offered to communities throughout North Dakota. This year, 17 communities are offering camps. Ten of the communities received grant funding from the Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences and the North Dakota Area Health Education Center (NDAHEC) to help support the camp activities.

Community Grant Awardees

  • Beulah/Hazen
  • Cando
  • Harvey
  • Hillsboro
  • Kenmare
  • Linton
  • Stanley
  • Turtle Lake
  • Velva
  • Washburn

Scrubs Shirt Awardees

Seven other communities are being supported by the CRH and NDAHEC with Scrubs t-shirts for the students and volunteers participating in their Scrubs Camps.

  • Bottineau
  • Carrington
  • Devils Lake
  • Hettinger
  • Mayville
  • Rugby
  • Williston

Scrubs Camps are an opportunity for students to learn about local career options available in rural healthcare. The camps offer creative, interactive activities with hands-on experiences in several health career tracks. Students will learn about numerous professions in the health field, including pharmacy, physical therapy, massage therapy, respiratory therapy, nursing, chiropractic, dentistry, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, veterinarian, physician, and many more. Each camp customizes its agendas to include the professions of its choosing.

Kylie Nissen, senior project coordinator at the CRH, has been involved with the R-COOL Health Scrubs program from the beginning and is excited about where it is going.

"Even though North Dakota healthcare facilities may not see immediate results, they understand the value of the camps and are willing to invest in their youth to 'grow their own' by working collaboratively to inspire local youth to pursue careers in healthcare," Nissen said. The current and projected shortage of healthcare professionals in North Dakota and across the nation is creating a critical demand for an increased healthcare workforce. A national shortage of at least 124,000 physicians and 500,000 nurses is projected by 2025.