As the Affordable Care Act increases the number of people who will soon have insurance, Scripps looks to the future to train the next generation of medical professionals who will care for the community.
Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista, reaches out to local students to promote health care careers. More than 2,000 people participate in these programs,offered through the Youth into Health Careers Program. More than 75 percent of these participants begin health care or social service careers.
From kindergartners to teens, there is a program for everyone. An interactive puppet show teaches children about healthy lifestyles, while a five-week mentoring program provides high school students a real-world glimpse into hospital careers.
Students are matched up with professionals based on their interests and career goals. They shadow their mentors twice a week and learn the path they need to take to achieve their goals.