(Young Leaders in Health Care)

A Scripps Hospital Encinitas Outreach Program


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What is YLHC?

  • Directed by emergency room physician Dr. Andrew Accardi and SDA science teacher Ms. McCluan, this program involves 9th-12th grade high school students from eight local area schools (San Dieguito Academy, La Costa Canyon, High Tech High San Marcos, Carlsbad High School,Torrey Pines, Canyon Crest Academy, Vista High, and Pacific Ridge), and gathers monthly at the hospital to discuss the American health care system, explore career opportunities, meet medical professionals, and develop service projects to implement in their school communities.

  • For their 2009-2010 service project, SDA won the award of "Most Creative" for their Scripps Hospital Cancer Fair project regarding gastrointestinal (GI) cancers with an emphasis on diet and early detection.  They received this award again for their 2010-2011 service project, "Roid Rage," which explored the dangers of sports-enhancing drugs.  For the 2011-2012 school year, SDA won 3rd place for their presentation "Healthy Eating and Eating Disorders".  SDA was awarded 1st Place for their 2012-2013 project, "The Heart," which explored cardiac health and heart anatomy.  SDA was awarded 2nd place for the 2013-2014 project, "Earthquakes and Tsunamis:  Disaster Preparedness".  In 2014-2015, SDA was awarded 2nd place for their project exploring "Bone Cancers".

  • YLHC Members also participated in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life fundraiser in August of 2010. 

  • Additional information about YLHC can be found at the Scripps Hospital website:  http://youngleadersinhealthcare.com and our Facebook Group "SDA Health Care Essentials and YLHC".

Mission Statement

  • Young Leaders in Health Care Mission's Statement is: "To provide a forum for high school students to learn about the health care system and its breadth of career opportunities. Mentor students in the act of leadership giving them tools to use in their daily life challenges. Provide a service project to satisfy high school requirements and make a positive impact on the community. Provide a venue for a student run competition where each school presents a topic in line with the year's goal."

Upcoming Meetings

  • The SDA Chapter of YLHC will meet Thursdays during lunch in Room 20 (Ms. Ramos).

  • Check the SDA Weekly Bulletin and our Facebook page for changes.

  • YLHC also meets once a month (usually the first Thursday of every month from 6-8 pm at Scripps Hospital, Encinitas).  Please consult the YLHC website for meeting times and details:  http://youngleadersinhealthcare.com .  The first hospital meeting of each school year typically occurs from 6-8 pm the first Thursday of October. 

  • The YLHC theme for the 2015-2016 school year will focus on teen health issues.

2015-2016 Club Officers

  • Advisor:  Ms. McCluan, SDUHSD Teacher on Special Assignment for Science

  • Presidents:  Delilah Forrest and Max Pendleton

  • Vice Presidents/Treasurers:  Ray Mosko and Annie Pugmire

  • Secretaries:  Emily Kimball and Julie Roshala

  • Public Relations:  Jaycie Roshala and Yasamine Durali

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