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Health Sciences Division Kicks off Fall Semester with Third Annual Spirit Day Event

Health Sciences Spirit Day 2019

To kick off the fall semester, Howard Community College’s (HCC) Health Sciences Division held its third annual Spirit Day on September 11, bringing nearly 300 health science students together to learn about resources on and off campus.

During the event, local health care agencies, employers, and four-year colleges were on hand, providing information, answering questions, and offering insight on preparing for careers or advance education in the health sciences field.

The day began with presentations, including a tribute to 9-11, and was followed with 30-minute breakout sessions. The first session, presented by Brandon Bellamy, transfer and graduation counselor at HCC, focused on student success, guiding health sciences students toward various resources available at the college, and urging them to take advantage of what is offered.

At the second session, “Mental Health and Suicide Awareness,” students learned about ways to deal with stress in college and resources available if they become overwhelmed, whether it be school, work, or home life. And for the third year, HCC held a session in partnership with the Howard County Health Department for students to be trained how to administer naloxone, commonly known as Narcan, used to reverse an opioid overdose. Students who participated received a certificate and a prescription for naloxone.

“During the first year of Spirit Day in 2017, 190 people received training in the administration of naloxone,” said Georgene Butler, dean of Health Sciences Division. “The numbers of participants has continued to grow, and this year, there were 246 participants in the training session.”

In addition to the 297 HCC students to attend the event, alumni, faculty and staff, and 30 students from Oakland Mills High School participated in Spirit Day.

Student success is the ultimate focus of Spirit Day each year and is one of many approaches the division uses to promote resources for its students,” said Susan Seibel, chair of the Dental Hygiene department at HCC.

“Health Science programs are rigorous and students in their first year may find it very challenging,” she said. “It is important that they feel ‘right away’ early in the semester that they have resources and a supportive faculty.”

“In addition to available resources, there were representatives from various universities present where students could obtain information on transferring, which is important for continuing education.”

The Health Sciences Division at HCC offers programs in a variety of nursing and allied health care fields, including cardiovascular technology, dental hygiene, diagnostic medical sonography, emergency medical services, health promotion and human performance, medical laboratory technician, nursing, physical therapy assistant, and radiologic technology.

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