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HealthSpell event for middle-schoolers scheduled June 4

April 04, 2011

The Maryland Rural Health Association and the Western Maryland Area Health Education Center will hold HealthSpell for middle-school students in Garrett, Allegany and Washington counties.

Students can attend public, private or home schools.

The event will take place Saturday, June 4, at Mountain Ridge High School in Frostburg, Md., at 10 a.m.

HealthSpell is a spelling bee using words indigenous to the various health fields.

With the help of the National Rural Health Association and local private and public partners, MRHA will award scholarships for future college education in the amount of $6,000 to the winners of the event ($3,000 for first, $2,000 for second and $1,000 for third).  

HealthSpell serves as a way of creating interest among the area’s young people in pursuing medical careers and provides one solution to easing Western Maryland’s health care work force shortages.

Winners of the event will also be guaranteed placement in a free health care exploration program.

MRHA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) whose mission is to educate and advocate for the optimal health of rural communities and their residents. MRHA is a member organization made up of rural health providers, hospitals, community health centers and individual rural residents.

The WMAHEC is a community-based organization whose mission is to improve access to and promote quality in health care through educational partnerships with centers of higher education, community health professionals, and other supporters and advocates.

To learn more about the Maryland Rural Health Association, how to donate to the scholarship event, volunteer or register for HealthSpell, contact Michelle Clark, executive director, at mrha@allconet.org, call 410-302-4650 or go to http://mdruralhealth.org/healthspell.html.

Medical words are now posted for middle-school students to start studying and have an early start toward earning money for college tuition.

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