2022 INSIGHT High School Recap

2022 INSIGHT High School Recap

By: Alexandra de Leon Date: July 26th, 2022

This year’s high school program included 35 students from across the nation & overseas. High School students presented their research findings at the 3rd Annual Virtual INSIGHT High School Symposium, July 22, 2022.

In the event of a traumatic injury from a future high-magnitude earthquake, there will be a need to escape danger and navigate to the closest trauma care center.  As this year’s INSIGHT High School theme was Best Route for Injury Support during an earthquaKe (BRISK), student scholars worked on research projects covering emergency disaster preparedness and navigating to care in King County, WA.

Students were randomly assigned into teams, which were paired for walking routes to the first or second-closest trauma care resources. Destinations include trauma hospitals, non-trauma hospitals, urgent care facilities, and in some cases fire stations in King County. Starting location of injury were sampled to represent urban and rural areas of King County, WA. Using Canvas Streetview, students audited streetview imagery to consider pedestrian safety features and potential barriers that may be encountered. Teams were challenged to create their own research questions and explore them using the collected data. Scholars also immersed themselves into research, medicine, and public health topics.

UW Medicine Emergency physician scientist, Dr. Nathan White was the keynote speaker for the INSIGHT High School 2022 Symposium. His advice to students was to not be afraid to get involved, especially with disaster preparedness.

“Disasters are big and scary. If you can, try to get involved, get your hands dirty! It makes these events not as big and scary since you will be more prepared,” says Dr. White.

Dr. White’s Tips for how to easily get involved (especially when you don’t know where to start):

  • Help create a neighborhood earthquake disaster plan
  • Create a fire disaster plan for your family
  • Learn CPR or take classes to learn
  • Attend a STB events
  • Volunteer or donate to the Red Cross

This program was designed to expose students to various fields in medicine while also exposing students to educational and/or career path. In the past four weeks, the program introduced students to mentors from different career paths in medicine and public health. For more on INSIGHT High School, click here.

THANK YOU to our INSIGHT High School Sponsors:


foundry10: Education Research

Department of African American Male Achievement, Seattle Schools

Regional Community Safety & Well Being

Rainier Scholars

Zero Youth Detention

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