Participants learn about medicine and public health through visits with health professionals, research activities, lab experiences, and an inside view of public health in action. While the high school program has maintained focus on an interactive curriculum on medicine and public health since it began in 2016, the program has also grown and adapted based on program evaluations, participant feedback, and injury field priorities.
Each program also culminates in a capstone research project around a central injury theme, where students explore multiple research methods and communication strategies and present their findings at the INSIGHT Research Symposium alongside projects by undergraduate, graduate, and medical students in the INSIGHT Summer Research Program.
Applications for the summer high school program open in early spring.
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In the 2021 INSIGHT High School Online Summer Program, 82 interns nationwide spent four weeks learning about medicine and public health and completing a research capstone project focused on Transportation and Pedestrian Safety. During the program, the students experienced several modes and methods of research:
Research Question: How many pedestrians die in Washington State each year from a motor vehicle crash?
Session A: Identify street-level determinants of pedestrian risk associated with motor-vehicle collision pedestrian fatalities in Washington State.
Session B: Identify social, economic, and health-related disparities in street-level determinants of pedestrian risk.
In the 2019 INSIGHT High School Program, 16 interns spent four weeks learning about medicine and public health and completing a research capstone project focused on Stop the Bleed, a national emergency bleeding control training program. During the program, the students experienced several modes and methods of research:
In the 2018 INSIGHT High School Program, 16 interns spent four weeks learning about medicine and public health through visits with health professionals, research activities, lab experiences and an inside view of public health in action.
The internship culminated in a capstone research project examining bicycle type, helmet use and gender in Seattle. The project was mentored by UW Acting Assistant Professor of Epidemiology Stephen Mooney, Ph.D.
During the program, the interns experienced the complete process of conducting a research project:
While researching bicycle helmet use, the students also learned about neuroscience and participated in hands-on brain laboratory activities to explore the complex nature of brains and brain injury.
In the 2017 INSIGHT High School Program, 19 interns spent four weeks learning about medicine and public health through visits with health professionals, service opportunities, and an inside view of public health in action. The internship culminated with the opportunity to develop their own innovative outreach campaigns to reduce distracted driving in Washington. The PEMCO Safe Driving Campaign project was supported in part by PEMCO Insurance, a Northwest company that provides auto, home and boat insurance.
The project was overseen by HIPRC core faculty member Beth Ebel, M.D., a pediatrician and trauma care expert who is the section lead for Safe and Active Transport at Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center. Ebel’s research has helped doctors, lawmakers and the public better understand the risks of cell phone use while driving.
During the program, the interns experienced the complete process of developing a public health campaign:
Developed by INSIGHT High School Program interns with support from PEMCO Insurance.
“Don’t Be That Guy”
“It’s Not Just You”
The 2016 INSIGHT Injury Research Training Program convened 39 high school, undergraduate, graduate and medical students for eight weeks of research, learning, and sharing. The research projects were conducted by students, in collaboration with UW Medicine Faculty.
Two groups of high school students each spent three weeks researching public health issues and conducting assessments before designing and delivering public health campaigns. Visit the links below to see their incredible work raising awareness about distracted driving and concussions.