Intermountain Healthcare and Latinos In Action have partnered up to provide students with the opportunity to get trained as Health Screeners. This micro-credential provides a means to develop skills and a knowledge base for addressing social determinants of health, pre-diabetes, high blood pressure, and depression. The course will help you to gain content expertise and necessary skills to successfully perform health screenings, interpret the collected data, and become a health advocate.
Taking this course was a very good experience; I enjoyed it a lot. I loved working with my classmates. We helped each other earn this micro-credential and I think that was what I liked the most.
My favorite part was learning something that I can use to help my parents, my family and my community. My mom was really impressed with the skills I’ve gained. I can even check her blood pressure now!
Before taking this training, I’d never thought about going into the medical field. This class helped me realize that you can help so many people if you study something health related.
Since I was awarded the certificate as a Health Screener, I’ve decided I want to be a nurse or a surgical tech after I graduate from high school. I’ve really enjoyed the challenge of learning something completely new!
Coming into this Micro-credential course I didn’t know what to expect. My teacher explained that it was going to be a great opportunity for us and we were going to become Health Screeners and Health Advocates. What I didn’t know was that this class was going to change my life forever.
Having a specialist coming from Intermountain Healthcare to give us the training was an eye opener for me in more than one way. My parents don’t really go to the doctor. They work a lot and they just ask my grandma to make them tea or something when they feel sick. After doing my mom’s health screen, I realized that she had some of the markers for pre-diabetes. To my surprise, she took it very seriously and made an appointment with a doctor in a community clinic. She was later diagnosed with diabetes type II.
Gaining the knowledge and skills to help others is something I wouldn’t trade for the world. I am in my fourth year of Latinos In Action. I’ve been asking myself what I want to do after high school, and I have thought of becoming so many things, from a hairdresser to a mechanical engineer, but now I can certainly say I know what I want. The overwhelming feeling of happiness from being able to help my mom plus the great experience I had during and after the training helped me discover that I want to follow a career in medicine.
I want to be a Health Advocate and help my family and my community. I want to get the training I need to gain the skills and knowledge to help those who are ill. I want to help people understand the imperative need they have to take care of their own health, to visit their doctors, and to know where they can get help regardless of their own financial, cultural or social limitations. I want to become a nurse and be the change I want to see in the world.
My dad works a lot and complains about a lot of stress. After attending the microcredential training I was determined to do his health screening. I asked my mom to help me convince him to let me do it, and he finally said yes. After interpreting the information I collected from my dad’s responses, I felt he needed to seek medical help. He sleeps a few hours a day, eats less and less and he is not interested in doing things like he used to. He’s agreed to see a doctor and my mom has already made an appointment for him. My mom is very happy about me becoming a Health Screener and Health Advocate. She said she’s never been able to convince my dad to even consider going to the doctor.
My grandmother also lives with us and I was able to screen her as well. After filling out the health screening forms with her age, weight, height, medical history, etc., I was able to calculate her total score as 6 out of 10. I was glad to see that my interpretation matched her existing diagnosis of diabetes and high blood pressure as determined by her doctor. My abuelita was very impressed with my new interpretation skills.