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Medical NewsOur Mind Still Matters

Is there a mental health crisis developing in America, or just a popular topic in the media? National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH) 2017 statistics document a nearly 13% rate of depression affliction in teenagers, and nearly 7% in adults; hardly an epidemic, but concerning, nonetheless. Every day, we all Read more…

Medical NewsWhy Choose a Medical Pathway in High School?

Choosing a career is one of the most difficult choices a student has to make. The Palm Desert Health Academy provides real world experience for students to help them make decisions for their future. As students, we have learned that it is important to have a firm idea of what Read more…

Medical NewsMedical Health Academy Alumnus Shines

As an alumni of La Quinta High School’s Medical Health Academy (’03), Andrew Kehl set his sights on using his new medical knowledge to help others. Deliberately enlisting in the U.S. Air Force as a firefighter, he finished his emergency medical technician (EMT) credential and responded to over 400 medical Read more…

Integrated PracticesHigh School Wellness Clinic Underway

Indio High Health & Nutritional Science Academy (HANS) teacher Jason Tate has a dream – to build a comprehensive wellness clinic in his high school – and he is almost there. Tate has brought many dreams to fruition in his tenure as a biology teacher at Indio High including the Read more…

Medical NewsIndio High Nutrition Class Partners with FIND Food Bank

Starting in November and continuing through June, Indio High School nutrition students receive over 1,200 pounds of organic produce from FIND Food Bank. Every other week, each of the 38 students enrolled in Physiology of Digestion with instructor Jason Tate take home over 20 pounds of produce to share with Read more…

Medical NewsPrepared for the Future

Palm Desert High School has four career pathways now, one of which is the Health Academy. The academy has been at Palm Desert High since 2010 and is coordinated by teacher Mr. Ron Paiz. The Health Academy has given many students an advantage over others considering health careers by teaching Read more…

Medical NewsLa Quinta High School Medical Health Academy

LQHS Medical Health Academy (MHA) is a three-year Health Science program for students interested in medical occupations that will take them from their high school experience to college, career or both. MHA students are preparing for careers including, but not limited to nurses, physicians, technicians, physical therapists, and psychologists, as Read more…

Integrated PracticesFunctional Medicine’s Role in Health Academies

Five exabytes of data were created between the birth of the world and 2003. In 2013, statistics show us that 5 exabytes of content are created every day. To put this into perspective, 5 exabytes of data is the equivalent of all the words ever spoken by mankind. The way Read more…

Medical NewsDisaster Prepared

Cathedral City High School held its annual disaster drill on Thursday, October 20. The disaster drill is a simulated emergency response drill that instructs students and faculty alike in California on how to properly respond to an enormous earthquake if and when it happens. The San Andreas Fault, located in Read more…

Medical NewsUsing Technology to Plan Your Year

Why aren’t more people as productive as they should be? Procrastination seems obvious, but is there more to it? People of all ages simply don’t do the things they could potentially do to deliver their highest quality product or service. Why is this? Often, the best product or service is Read more…

Medical NewsOpportunity of a Lifetime

The Palm Desert High School Health Careers Academy junior class participated in a job shadow day on March 16. Three vans transported 43 students to 20 medical-related locations including JFK Memorial Hospital, Eisenhower Medical Center, medical clinics, dental offices, senior centers, JW Marriot Desert Springs Resort & Spa, and even Read more…

Natural OptionsMHA Students Rise to the Occasion

La Quinta High School Medical Health Academy (MHA) students took part in the Clinton Foundation’s Day of Action in partnership with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Students joined civic leaders and others from the community in planting a community garden to be used by the Culinary Institute at LQHS, Read more…

FitnessKeeping Students, Faculty and Families Fit

Palm Springs’ Cielo Vista Charter School has opened a new community fitness center, thanks to a well-deserved $70,000 grant from the Desert Healthcare District (DHCD). In 2010, the school created a wellness program that went beyond traditional PE classes to teach students about healthy eating and lifestyles. The goal of Read more…

Natural OptionsIndio High Launches Wellness and Healthier Living Career Academy

Wellness can be defined as an approach to health care that emphasizes illness prevention and prolonging life, rather than emphasizing the treatment of disease. This viewpoint, as well as the current condition of health among humans, has inspired a new career academy at Indio High School under the leadership of Read more…

Medical NewsCVEP/Health Career Connection Interns – Where Are They Now?

Health Career Connection (HCC) is a national nonprofit that provides college students, recent graduates and alumni with paid, full-time internships in healthcare fields. This unique internship program is offered in the Coachella Valley in partnership with the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (CVEP). The HCC/CVEP ten-week internship program provides underrepresented local Read more…

Medical NewsAHA Student Program Success

Coachella Valley is home to an innovative program launched last summer by the American Heart Association, Coachella Valley Economic Partnership, and a group of enterprising students from Palm Desert High School and Cathedral City High School (Desert Health® Nov/Dec 2014). The objective was to come up with a way to Read more…

Medical NewsSport Medicine Programs in the Coachella Valley

The Healthcare Industry Council (HIC) is one of three industry councils facilitated by the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (CVEP). The primary goal for the HIC is to invite business leaders in the field of health care to help shape the course of career specific learning. Ultimately, the HIC efforts connect Read more…

Medical NewsMiddle School Students JUMP at Careers in Healthcare

HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America) – JUMP (Junior Upcoming Medical Professionals) is a student-led organization designed to be a stepping-stone for 7th to 8th graders interested in entering the health science and medical technology field.  Through the program, HOSA-JUMP members have the opportunity to participate in career exploration through Read more…

Medical NewsDisaster Training for Local Health Academy Students

If disaster were to strike during school hours, would you know what to do? Members of the La Quinta High School Medical Health Academy (MHA) sophomore class are now more prepared to help themselves and their friends after taking a national disaster training program offered by FEMA called Community Emergency Read more…

Medical NewsAHA’s Cardiovascular Youth Academy Pilot Program

Taking a lead role in the community, a group of students joined together with American Heart Association professionals to help spread awareness of cardiovascular health. Five students from Cathedral City High School’s Health Environmental Academy of Learning (HEAL) Medical Health Academy and three students from Palm Desert High School’s Health Read more…