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HEALTHY COMMUNITIES PROJECT

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Siletz Valley Charter School Environmental Health Students Investigate School Air Quality

photoStudents in the Environmental Health Studies Class sponsored by Oregon Pacific Area Health Education Center (OPAHEC) at Siletz Valley Middle School took their environmental lessons to heart by collecting air samples from rooms throughout their school and then examining these samples under a microscope to evaluate the quality of the air in their own school building.  These aspiring scientests and healthcare workers, who are taught by Siletz science teacher, Jessica Haxel and OPAHEC Education Director, Shelley Dougherty, were amazed on examination to find trace evidence of red fabric fibers throughout the building!  On further examination students and veteran teacher Jessica Haxel, readily identified the evidence and determined the origin of the suspect fibers as being from their own school spirit wear--namely their pervasive red school sweatshirts.  Students then drew pictures of the samples to further understand and document their findings.  The environmental Health Program is made possible by a generous grant through the Express Outreach Program developed by the Pacific Northwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) to OPAHEC.  This Express Outreach Program of NN/LM makes similar programs possible throughout the Northwest region which it serves.

The program encourages awareness of the many environmental factors which impact the daily quality of life these students experience.  It teaches them that they are an important part of their environment and can have a positive influence on the way they are impacted by their environment.  Also, as part of the program, many of the girls in the group are shceduled to attend a field trip on February 15th to Oregon State University to learn about science careers and the opportunities for studey at Oregon State University.  A special thanks for making this possible is due to Dianna Rohlman, PhD Postdoctoral Scholar at the Community Outreach and Engagement Core Environmental Health Sciences Center.  Dr. Rohlman invited students to attend the conference and sposored them as well, so that the conference fee could be waved.  Special thanks also goes to Siletz science teacher, Jessica Haxel, for driving students to the event and being a chaperone.

Students in the program learn that science is not only fun and informative but can help them find ways to make a real difference in their choices that inform the quality of their life.  OPAHEC is committed to making sure these students have the opportunity to make the choices that make a difference in their life and in the life of their communities as well.

 

WELCOME MOLLY

IMAG0112We are pleased to announce our newest Educational Coordinator, Molly Rankin.  Molly joined our staff a couple of weeks ago and will be teaching Environmental Healhealth classes.  Molly is an accomplished Paramedic having worked for a private ambulance company. Molly earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from OSU and a Masters of Art in Teaching from Western Oregon University.  

Molly is from the Willamette Valley where lives with her husband and young daughter.  In her free time Molly enjoys traveling, hiking and camping with her family.  She loves to read about science and health topics and considers herself to be a life-long learner. 

   
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