Project Outreach and Prevention (POP) on Youth Violence One-Week Health Professions Enrichment Program


Project Outreach and Prevention (POP) on Youth Violence One-Week Health Professions Enrichment Program

Summer Program Seeking 9th -12th Grade Students from NWI looking to become Physicians, Dentists, Nurse Practitioners, or Physician Assistants


GARY, IN – July 8, 2024 – Emergency Medicine Physician, Dr. Michael McGee, and Trauma Surgeon Reuben Rutland, co-founders of Project Outreach and Prevention (POP) on Youth Violence and Positive Approach to Teen Health (PATH), launch a one-week Health Professions Enrichment Program (HPEP) starting, July 8th thru 12th (8:30am to 4pm), at Indiana University Northwest, Dunes Medical Building, 3400 Broadway, Gary, IN 46408.


POP welcomes students, 9th to 12th Grade from Northwest Indiana who are interested in becoming, Physicians, Dentists, Nurse Practitioners, or Physician Assistants, to sign up for their free one-year program at: [https://hpepsummer.eventbrite.com/], meeting twice a month at IUN and Purdue NW respectively. Program Agenda: July 8: IUN - Health Careers Day/CPR; July 9: IUN - Medicine/Nursing/Dental Pathway Procedural Workshop; July 10: Purdue NW - Careers in Nursing: Excelling in College; July 11: Visit to Community Health Centers (Community Health Net, Marram, & Northshore); July 12: Methodist Hospital NLC Seale Auditorium (Meet Health Care Providers, tour ER, OR, Hospitalists, etc.) Event Sponsors are the Legacy Foundation, IUN Northwest and Purdue Northwest.


Dr. McGee was recently at the White House with Doctors for America, and the Office of Gun Violence Prevention, where he represented the National Medical Association, American Medical Association, and the American College of Emergency Physicians, Diversity Inclusion & Health Equity (DIHE) Committee. Dr. McGee was also invited to rapper and record producer, Quavo’s The Rocket Foundation “Rocket Summit” where he was a panel moderator for victims of gun violence.


POP works relentlessly on their mission, providing several programs all year round that includes, Public Health Initiative: Youth Violence Prevention, which is a school/community partnership that encourages students to use non-violent measures to resolve conflicts; S.A.V.E (Students Against Violence Everywhere), a chapter based initiative led by students who recognize the unique role they play in making their schools and communities safer; HPEP: (Health Professionals enrichment Program), designed to strengthen academic proficiency and career development of students underrepresented in healthcare professions; and Code Blue: a program created to help build better understanding and relationships between youth, law enforcement officials and other community leaders. POP also presents “Stop the Bleed” techniques and procedures that are critical in its life saving potential while waiting for emergency service.


Project Outreach and Prevention (POP) on Youth Violence [www.poponviolence.org], is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization created to prevent and alleviate Youth Violence, while inspiring healthy lifestyles, positive behaviors, and accessible career opportunities. POP provides outreach services, educational seminars, as well as college and career readiness opportunities. Achieved by encouraging healthy lifestyle choices, and by joining with active community partners to create safe, fulfilling and academically enriching environments.

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