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Coldspring-Oakhurst HOSA students spark health initiative
COLDSPRING -- San Jacinto County is classified as medically underserved and labeled as one of the unhealthiest counties in Texas. In the fall of 2012, four students from the Coldspring-Oakhurst High School chapter of Health Occupations Students of America worked with San Jacinto County Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Judy Eaton to form a Junior Medical Reserve Corps. The division of the Medical Reserve Corps is housed in the office of the U.S. Surgeon General. Its mission is to organize medical professionals and non-medical volunteers who are interested in strengthening the public health infrastructure and improving the preparedness and response capabilities of their local jurisdictions. Taylor Kelley and Rebecca Harrell, both sophomores at COHS, became interested in forming a JMRC when they discovered San Jacinto County didn't have an MRC and they were looking for volunteer hours. As members of HOSA and enrolled in the health science program at the high school, Kelley and Harrell wanted to use what they were learning in school to help their community. Along with Andrew Harrison and Haley Findley, the students completed four modules on emergency management training. "We have two goals for 2013, to increase membership in the JMRC and to promote CPR/ First Aid training," explained Kelley. "We want to try to get all the students at the high school CPR trained." "We are hoping to participate in some mock drills so we can help the next time our home is hit with a disaster," added Harrell. Students interested in joining the JMRC will need to complete four modules of emergency management training, volunteer four hours a week and obtain CPR/First Aid training. For more information, contact HOSA sponsor Susan Caraballo by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.