As high school students transition from youth to young adulthood, they have very unique needs. Specific knowledge regarding high impact care hazards and the lifeline behaviors that can save lives in this age group can have a vital impact on these young people.
For instance, they are at great risk for poisoning from alcohol, prescription, and illegal drugs. They are at greater risk than other age groups for major non-vehicular trauma, and as new drivers and operators of vehicles, they are at greater risk for being involved in or witnessing accidents for which they may need to deliver bystander care.
Jacqueline Botz, who is now a student at Chapman University, was a high school student in the performing arts when she began working with our Med Tac Program. She is a student leader undertaking frontline R&D with high school and college students in Texas and California. She and our student leaders are studying the best messages that can be used to recruit and engage Med Tac leaders across the country.