2018 Ethel Lund Village Health Occupation Program (VHOP)
Sitka, Alaska - April 23-26, 2018

The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Board, providers and staff are dedicated to increasing the number of Alaska Native and American Indian students who pursue health careers. It is with this in mind that SEARHC offers this opportunity to high school students attending school in Southeast Alaska.

One of the goals of the program is to expose Alaska Native students from the rural communities to as many different health careers as possible. Students will have the opportunity to spend time with those already in their chosen profession. You will also have the opportunity to learn about setting career goals. Students are selected on the basis of their interest in the health field. This experience gives them a chance to evaluate their own strengths and see which jobs best suit them.

Please think carefully about your answers and your essay questions. Ultimately, you are the one who decides whether or not this will be a valuable learning experience. Our staff and providers take this investment in your education very seriously and we ask that you do the same. The expectations are set high for behavior, participation, and respect.

* 1. Please take the time to ensure completion of the checklist below and return it with your application.

* 2. Applicant: Name and Address

* 3. Parent/Guardian: Name and Address

* 4. Emergency Contact:  Name and Address

* 5. Gender

* 6. High School Information

* 7. List the courses that you feel have prepared you for a career in healthcare.

* 8. List any honors, awards, extracurricular activities, or other accomplishments.

* 9. Select your top 4 interests and number them 1 -4, with 1 being the area that you are most interested in.

* 10. Personal Essay: 
Please write a personal essay introducing yourself, your future goals, why you chose this field of interest and what you expect to learn or gain from your participation in the Ethel Lund Village Health Occupations Program.  The personal essay will play a pivotal role in the selection process.

* 11. Ethel Lund VHOP - Conduct Standards:
The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) is extremely pleased that you have decided to participate in the Ethel Lund Village Health Occupations Program.  As part of SEARHC’s commitment to provide students with an opportunity for career awareness, we are able to sponsor up to fifteen students from outlying communities with housing, meals, evening entertainment, and a travel stipend.  As a participant in the Village Health Occupations Program, there are certain expectations that we have of you.  First and foremost, as a participant, it will be your responsibility to respectfully represent your community and be on your best behavior.  Please review and read the following expectations with your parent/guardian and indicate that you understand them by signing and dating this document.

You are expected to:
-abide by all policies and procedures as laid out in the student handbook
-attend all VHOP activities, including the evening activities
-obey all laws
-be respectful to people and property
-cooperate with instructional, hospital and chaperone staff at all times
-abide by a curfew established by VHOP staff and realize that there will be little “free time” set aside. 
-keep chaperones informed of your physical whereabouts at all times.

Additionally, you will not be released to the custody of anyone unless prior written consent is received, approved and does not interfere with VHOP activities.  You may not use drugs, alcohol or tobacco at any time during this VHOP experience

This is a learning opportunity sponsored by several organizations that your school and parents have agreed to let you attend.

By signing below, the student completely understands that if any of the above conditions are violated, he/she will be sent home immediately at the expense of the parent(s) or guardian(s).