3rd Annual Future Health Champions Field Trip – El Sol Science and Arts Academy

Thank you for supporting Future Health Champions 2018!

May 25, 2018 – From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the UC Irvine Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing proudly hosted 57 middle school students from Santa Ana's El Sol Science and Arts Academy at the 3rd Annual Future Health Champions Field Trip. Planned and coordinated by the school’s undergraduate and graduate nursing students along with our partners the UCI Program in Public Health, UCI School of Medicine, and UCI Ayala School of Biological Sciences, the El Sol students spent the day exploring the UC Irvine Health Sciences campus and engaging in fun, hands-on activities developed by UCI students and faculty.

El Sol students had the chance to experience dissection, microscopy, CPR, first aid, splinting, nutrition, and how to say no to drugs and alcohol.  

The Future Health Champions Field Trip is the result of a long-standing partnership between El Sol Academy and the UCI School of Nursing. Every year, nursing students work on-site in Santa Ana with the El Sol community.  The nursing students gain clinical and teaching experience by conducting free health screenings and teaching a wide variety of health topics.  The field trip then introduces these young people to careers in health sciences and allows faculty and nursing students the opportunity to share their passion for healthcare. 

This year’s Future Health Champions Field Trip included:

Campus Tours – Exploration of UCI’s campus and Medical Simulator Lab, where participants met and examined our high-tech interactive mannequins. 

Microscope Lab – Discovery of the world of microbes.  

CPR Instruction – Information on basic life support and how to perform CPR.

Skills Lab – Practice of basic first aid and how to “Stop the Bleed," and a lesson in biology with hands-on dissection.

Founded in 2001, El Sol Science & Arts Academy of Santa Ana is a dual-immersion charter school with more than 850 students enrolled in preschool through eighth grade. Since its inception, student test scores have risen dramatically at El Sol, which is today recognized as one of the top-two performing schools in Santa Ana

The Future Health Champions program is supported in part by a grant from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, as a pipeline activity to inspire young people from under-represented and diverse ethnic communities to consider a career in the health professions.  

This year's FHC was a big hit with the El Sol students!