For Immediate Release
Contact: Andrea E. Garcia, Touro University California
Associate Vice President, University Advancement
W: (707) 638-5272
C: (707) 704-6101
Touro Hosts 9th Annual Teen Life Conference
(Vallejo, CA – February 1, 2015) – Instilling the significance of health care while teaching the value of a medical career was the drive behind this year’s Teen Life Conference (TLC) at Touro University California.
Now in its ninth year, the TLC provides a resource for Vallejo and surrounding teens and families to address relevant health care issues and post high school career options through educational lectures, health screenings, interactive informational booths, and physical fitness activities.
The event is run by a group of 180 volunteers comprised of Touro students and faculty from the Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Pharmacy, and Education and Health Sciences.
“The TLC is an opportunity for Touro students and the community of Vallejo to engage and learn from each other. As medical and pharmacy students, it is critical to get out of the classroom and discover the real world environments, resources, and challenges that are unique to our neighborhood,” said Brittany Napier, Touro University California Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine student and Lead Coordinator for the event.
“Health care is no longer just a problem to be tackled in a hospital but rather a holistic process to improve quality of life through the prevention of disease and the proactive promotion of health,” she continued. “Teens will not only be educated on how to live healthier lives but also will learn about health careers in a fun environment.”
More than 450 high school students representing Mare Island Tech Academy, St. Patrick/ St.Vincent HS, Pinole Valley HS, DeAnza HS, John W. Finney HS, Jesse Bethel HS, Liberty HS, and Vallejo HS will be in attendance.
Students will be provided with health screenings, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine demonstrations, sex education, immunization awareness and more health-related topics.
Touro clubs will provide students with an array of exciting displays and demonstrations, such as learning to suture, and a brain station where students can touch and look at brain specimens.
“We hope they will walk away with some valuable knowledge from out clubs, drive to pursue a career that inspires them and to have had fun at our rock wall, dance, yoga, obstacle course and weight-lifting stations.”
Teen Life Conference in the News
"Teens Get an Education on Health at Touro" - Dianne de Guzman, Vallejo Times Herald, 3/4/2015
A Note from Alissa Farrell, DO, Faculty Advisor to the Teen Life Conference
The 9th annual Teen Life Conference was held on March 4, 2015, and was a huge success! This annual event is hosted by the students from all the colleges at Touro University and is an opportunity for local high school students to come to campus and learn about health care issues and post high school career planning. There were about 275 high school students from 7 local high schools that attended this year. The event was led by OMS2 student Brittany Napier with many other student coordinators and volunteers. The faculty advisor for the event was Alissa Farrell and there were many other faculty who attended and participated in the event; namely Drs Glover and Nuno at the OMM demonstrations.
If you would like to become involved in next years event, please contact Alissa Farrell at email@example.com. Please visit the website for more information and pictures of the event at teenlifeconference.com. You can also follow us on facebook, twitter, and instagram.
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