Students from Jefferson County attend MASH camp


Junior and senior high school students from Jefferson County attended a Medical Applications of Science for Health (MASH) camp June 2-13 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences South Central program in Pine Bluff.

Students and their schools were Kyerra Creggett, Dollarway; Brewer Owen, White Hall; Colton Barrett, White Hall; Braylin Little, Watson Chapel; Kenan Dzide, Pine Bluff; Peyton Aulds, Ridgeway; Terryn Riles, Pine Bluff; Summer Williams, White Hall; Tarendeep Thind, White Hall; Sommer Yount, Watson Chapel; Loveleen Kaur, White Hall; and Serenity Shelton, White Hall.

The medical enrichment experience is designed to give students a glimpse of what a health profession is really like. Students participated in a variety of activities including observing surgery; learning more about anatomy through dissection of animal organs; learning about reading X-rays; shadowing a doctor making rounds; an automobile crash simulation and many others. The program hopes to encourage youth interested in medical fields to continue their education and go to rural areas to work.

Students were sponsored by the Arkansas MENTOR Medical Partnership and Jefferson County Farm Bureau. The partnership includes UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers and Rural Hospital Program, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Arkansas Farm Bureau, Baptist Health and the Arkansas Department of Health’s Office of Oral Health.

Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private farm and rural advocacy organization of more than 190,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life.