NEWS | June 15, 2018

Elementary students learn about careers in health care


Career education events earlier this month enthralled more than 50 students from two schools. The events were hosted by UC Davis’ Department of Government and Community Relations, and supported by Sacramento City Councilman Jay Schenirer’s “WayUp” initiative.

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Students participated in fun activities with health system nurses and other care team providers.

WayUp Sacramento is a partnership between the health and education sectors in the city of Sacramento, with a focus on reaching out to underserved students, primarily in South Sacramento. The goal of the initiative is to educate elementary students about possible careers in health care.

The students attending the events were 4th graders from Keith B. Kenney and Ethel Phillips Elementary School. Interim Vice Chancellor Thomas S. Nesbitt joined Schenirer in welcoming both groups.

The students participated in a variety of presentations and activities, including a powerful presentation from Jann Murray-Garcia, an assistant clinical professor in the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, about setting goals and dreaming of the future; a fun-filled presentation from Ren Bee, a member of the nursing school’s inaugural master’s-degree leadership class, about careers in nursing; and an activity with dietary interns to learn about food and nutrition.

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Medical interpreters explained the importance of cultural and linguistic experience when working with non-English speaking patients.

Following lunch, students rotated through stations to find out more about other careers. They learned about the vital role medical interpreters play in patient care, how physical activity keeps people healthy, and the various tools and gadgets UC Davis fire marshals use when conducting inspections. The students also met with members of the UC Davis Police Department and asked questions about careers in law enforcement.

Departments and programs interested in participating in future health care career education events should contact Carolyn Ramirez at or Laura Niznik Williams at in Government and Community Relations.