September 19, 2008
Marking a milestone in their young careers

The MGH Center for Community Health Improvement, formerly known as the MGH Community Benefit Program, provides a rich 20-month internship at the MGH to select students from East Boston High School (EBHS) and – through a recent partnership spearheaded by Patient Care Services and the MGPO – students from Health Careers Academy. This year's interns marked their completion of the program at a special ceremony Aug. 21 in the Thier Conference Room. Galia Wise, MGH School Partnerships manager, and Christy A. Zarrella, EBHS Health and Human Services Pathway teacher, congratulated the students for their commitment, success and hard work.

Special guest LeRoi S. Hicks, MD, MPH, of BWH and Harvard Medical School, presented the service's keynote address, applauding the young adults for completing high school, pursuing higher education and following their dreams. Hicks encouraged the students to identify and reflect upon their motivation and purposes, give back to others and most importantly, embrace humility.

ProTech graduate Crystal M. Hederson shared her experiences as an intern working in the MGH Pharmacy Department and thanked the MGH for the opportunity to experience firsthand the work that she hopes to pursue in college. "This fall, I will be attending Framingham State College, where I plan to major in Business Administration. Working in the MGH Pharmacy has helped prepare me for what I might expect to see in my college classes. I have worked with the business side of the Pharmacy to fill requisitions from outside hospitals that need medications from us. I also learned about inventory, computers and handling customers, both on the phone and in person. As a result, I have stronger communication skills, which are so important to work, school and life," she said.

protech graduatesThe MGH Center for Community Health Improvement has participated in the ProTech school partnership initiative for more than 15 years, providing work-based career preparation to high school juniors and seniors interested in careers in health care. Interns engage in a number of training programs and professional development seminars, in addition to working alongside MGH mentors throughout their two-year commitments.

For more information about the ProTech program, contact Wise at (617) 724-8326.

THE GRADUATES: From left, Alicia Lacerda, Hederson, Huseen Mohammed, Chantel O'Bryant, Andres Cuellar, Catarina Lima and Wise

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