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Rural Health Careers Camp for High School Students

Students attending high school in rural Illinois communities can apply to attend a low-cost Rural Health Careers Camp in Rockford to learn more about pursuing a health profession. The camp, which runs June 24 through June 27, 2019, is sponsored by the National Center for Rural Health Professions in partnership with Rockford University, Rock Valley College, the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network and the Illinois Area Health Education Centers Network Program.

Participating students will stay in the Rockford University residence halls and will participate in various hands-on health labs, an accident simulation and a health investigation. They also will receive information about health careers education, academic requirements, financial aid and campus life.

Priority for the 55 spots in the Rural Health Careers Camp will be given to high school freshmen and sophomores from rural communities in the following counties: Boone, Bureau, Carroll, DeKalb, Henderson, Henry, JoDaviess, Knox, LaSalle, Lee, Mercer, Ogle, Putnam, Rock Island, Stark, Stephenson, Warren, Whiteside and Winnebago.

The $100 fee for accepted students covers camp programming, housing and meals provided at Rockford University, 5050 E. State St. The fee is not due until notification of acceptance to the camp.

Rural Health Careers Camp Application 2019 (pdf)

Rural Health Careers Camp Application 2019 (word)

Applications are due Sunday, March 3, 2019.

For more information, Vicky Rhine at (815) 395-5854 or at the National Center for Rural Health Professions, University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford, 1601 Parkview Ave., Rockford, IL 61107.

The National Center for Rural Health Professions at the UIC Health Sciences Campus-Rockford strives to meet the health care needs of rural residents and their communities in Illinois, around the nation and throughout the world. Certified by the Illinois Board of Higher Education since 2003, this University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford center has programs and collaborative partnerships that have become successful models for education, service, research and policy related to rural health involving multiple health professions.

Health Careers Camp Brochure