Purpose

The purpose of REACH is to provide Montana high school students a chance to learn about careers within the healthcare field by offering them an opportunity to explore and experience various healthcare careers. We want to encourage the next generation of youth to choose fulfilling careers in the high skill, high demand, and high pay healthcare industry. REACH is a one-day program, taking place at the local healthcare facility that provides high school students the opportunity to explore the healthcare field through a variety of hands-on stations and activities. Professionals from the sponsoring healthcare facility lead the stations, volunteering their time and talent to mentor students and share their expertise.

Stations

REACH usually contains a series of 7-8 stations, each approximately 30-45 minutes in length, led by professionals from the sponsoring healthcare facility. The total number and length of stations can vary depending on the sponsoring healthcare facility. Students are divided into groups and rotate from station to station throughout the day. The first few minutes of each station is a brief “lecture” by the provider about how they got into healthcare and their educational journey. The remainder (and majority) of the station is devoted to a hands-on activity led by the provider. The hands-on activities are designed to give the students a more realistic impression of the particular healthcare career.

REACH

Possible station topics in the Research and Explore Awesome Careers in Healthcare (R.E.A.C.H) Program:

  1. Lab: Students learn how to draw blood, test for cholesterol, CBC and thyroid issues, how to use the machines, and what it takes to be a phlebotomist
  2. Emergency Room: Students learn gloving and sterilization procedures, how to conduct EKG tests, splinting and isolette procedures, how the machines work, and how to insert a needle using oranges.
  3. Radiology: Students X-ray a classmate's hand or ankle and learn how to read the results. They also see the technology involved and take their X-ray home on a CD.
  4. Physical Therapy: Students are led in a variety of exercises for recovery, including stability ball, weights and bands. They also conduct manual muscle tests.
  5. Medical Office: Students discover the importance of billing, coding, filing and transcription, as well as check-in and release procedures and how the admittance process works.
  6. EMT/Life Flight: Students tour an ambulance and life flight helicopter and learn what to do and expect as the first to arrive on a scene. Volunteer students are put in a neck brace and on a backboard and transferred to an ambulance.
  7. Nursing/Clinic: Students learn how to take a patient's vitals and blood pressure, test for strep throat, and assess symptoms. They also gain an understanding of the role of a clinic nurse.

AHEC Regions

MT AHEC Region Map 2014

Montana AHEC Program Office Western Montana AHEC North Central Montana AHEC
PO Box 170520

Bozeman, MT 59717

Tel: 406-994-6003

Fax: 406-994-5653

Director:
Kristin Juliar
kjuliar@montana.edu
32 Campus Drive
Skaggs Building - Rm 173

Missoula, MT 59812

Tel: 406-243-4746
Fax: 406-243-4141

Director:
Barry Kenfield
barry.kenfield@umontana.edu      

2625 Winne Avenue
Helena, MT 59601

Tel: 406-457-8018
Fax: 406-443-3894

Director:
Shani Rich
shani@mtha.org
  
 South Central Montana AHEC Eastern Montana AHEC      North Eastern Montana AHEC
2625 Winne Avenue

Helena, MT 59601

Tel: 406-457-8048
Fax: 406-443-3894

Director:
Natascha Robinson
natascha@mtha.org                             

123 S. 27th Street
Billings, MT 59101

Tel: 406-247-3379
Fax: 406-651-6418

Director:
Mary Helgeson
mary.hel@riverstonehealth.org      

11 South 7th Street Suite 241
Miles City, MT 59301

Tel: 406-234-1424
Fax: 406-234-1423

Director:
Christine Williams
cwilliams@montanahealthnetwork.com