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St. Petersburg College students learned about jobs/career opportunities and spoke with local health-related companies at Career Day Oct. 29 at the Caruth Health Education Center. Some of the participating vendors were BayCare Health System, HCA Hospitals, Gracewood Rehabilitation, Florida Hospital Carrollwood, Sunstar Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and more. As students visited vendor tables, they received a stamp on their attendance card. Once they had at least 10 stamps, they were entered into a drawing for three Publix gift certificates. HEC Career Day is held every spring and fall.

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A reporter tagged along with a family who attended in a recent back-to-school health fair at SPC’s Health Education Center, WUSF News reported. The story looked at how health fairs help families who don’t have an easy or affordable way to make sure their children get the health care they need.

“At the health fair in Pinellas Park, it was one-stop shopping for free physicals and immunizations,” according to the article. “We have set a new record. We’re well over 200. Last year we did 193,” said Kenneth Webster of the Pinellas County Osteopathic Medical Society, which was one of the fair’s sponsors. “But I think the main thing is it’s a great service because our doctors volunteer, our nurses, everyone volunteers because they understand that everybody can’t afford a doctor’s care or physical exams.”

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Museums have long been essential pillars in America’s educational infrastructure. But, increasingly, museums of all types and sizes — including the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art on the Tarpon Springs Campus at St. Petersburg College — are integral to U.S. health care in a variety of ways.

LRMA’s initiative, ArtHaven, is a free, weekly art therapy program for adolescents experiencing mental health, developmental or social challenges. Since 2004, the museum’s program has provided a licensed art therapist who works with children through the Chi Chi Rodriguez Academy and PEMHS (Personal Enrichment through Mental Health Services). Patti Buster, LRMA’s Education Coordinator, oversees the program which has been operational since 2004, and notes that grants have enabled this important work, including funding from the Pinellas Community Foundation, the Silverberg Endowment for Academic Excellence and the Maren Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.

LRMA’s program was documented in a new report, “Museums on Call: How Museums are Addressing Health Issues,” released by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). The full report, including a state-by-state appendix of examples, is available.

“This report showcases just one of the many ways museums have become essential community assets and service-providers,” said AAM President Ford W. Bell. “In addition to conserving and exhibiting our natural, scientific, cultural and historic heritages, museums also meet urgent community needs, and in today’s America health care is very much at the forefront of our field’s commitment to public service. On June 17th, the Alliance organized a congressional briefing where museum colleagues presented their stories on how they are addressing healthcare issues in Washington, D.C.

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Student researchers at SPC have been testing for bacteria in the water that comes from drinking fountains along the Pinellas Trail, according to an article in the Tampa Tribune. Their study is looking to determine how safe these fountains are.

“This is a public fountain that anyone can use,” Courtney Cain, who is part of the team, said in the article. “Maybe there’s a crack in their pipes that they don’t know about, and it’s contaminating the water that’s at that source.”

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Health Services Administration

If you have previous training in a health field and want to move up in your career, St. Petersburg College’s Health Services Administration bachelor’s degree can be your ticket. Conveniently designed for working professionals, the program features:

  • Classes offered online
  • Scheduled in eight-week mods
  • Specialized concentrations for YOUR background

Learn more at June 26 Info Session

Meet our faculty and get information about our bachelor’s degree in Health Services Administration.Wednesday, June 26, 5:30-7 p.m. Caruth Health Education Center, Room 177.

Get started now!

  1. Explore career data and program details at www.spcollege.edu/hsa
  2. RSVP online for June 26 info session

Call us with your questions at 727-341-3687.

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Community health care stakeholders recently gathered at St. Petersburg College’s Collaborative Labs to work with Dr. Claude Dharamraj, Director of the Pinellas County Department of Health, to develop the Pinellas County Community Health Improvement Plan for 2013-2017.

Among the many participants were community leaders:

  • Beth Houghton, Executive Director, St. Pete Free Clinic
  • Denise Kerwin, Director of Continuing Education, St. Petersburg College
  • Gary Hendrickson, Health Information Technology Professional, Paperfree Free Florida USF Health

Working collaboratively through the morning resulted in a robust strategic plan consisting of 12 goals, assigned with champions, time frames and metrics in the areas of access to care, behavioral health, health promotion and disease prevention, and healthy communities and environments.  The Collaborative Labs accelerated process made this possible in less than half a day.

Follow Collaborative Labs on Facebook or on Twitter with #spcolabs.

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St. Petersburg College now offers a regionally accredited bachelor’s degree in Health Services Administration with coursework in Respiratory Care. This program is completely online, accredited, transferable and specifically designed for practicing registered respiratory therapists. This degree is affordable, and financial aid is available.

There are many reasons for RRTs to consider obtaining a bachelor’s degree:

  • Helps you work your way up the ladder in respiratory care
  • Increases discipline-specific knowledge
  • Opens up additional opportunities in the field of respiratory care such as education and management

Learn more at www.spcollege.edu/RC-HSA/ or call 727-341-3477.

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