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Team Asniya Raises Over $1000 in 4th Annual Triathlon

On July 29, 2018, Team Asniya participated in the Cornhusker Triathlon in Lincoln, NE. The team, consisting of Tracy, Alex and Kasey, used the triathlon as an opportunity to raise funds and awareness for Asniya's Future American Indian Health Professionals (FAIHP) program. FAIHP is a new iniative that aims to inspire and educate students who are interested in pursuing careers in healthcare and the health sciences.

Team Asniya began this tradition in 2015, and has participated in the Wildlife Loop Triatlhlon in beautiful Custer State Park in South Dakota and Yankton's Best Triathlon at Lewis & Clark Lake in Yankton, SD. The Wildlife Loop Triathlon, with 1.2 miles of swimming, 56 miles of biking, and 13.1 miles of running, was the longest race so far. The team competes in the races as a relay team, with Tracy as the team's swimmer, Kasey as the cyclist, and Alex running the final leg of the race.

The team gathered pledges on the GoFundMe platform, and raised $1,150 for Asniya this year. Congratulations, Tracy, Alex, and Kasey, and thanks for your dedication and your support of Asniya!

"Emergency Medicine for a Day" Event at Regional Hospital

Emergency Medicine For A DayIn April, Asniya selected student leaders interested in medical science careers to participate in a job shadowing event at Rapid City Regional Hospital. Participating students came from multiple Reservation schools, and some of the students have attended multiple annual events with Asniya. The first event in 2016 was "Doctor for a Day," followed by "Nursing for a Day" in 2017. The 2018 event was "Emergency Medicine for a Day," where students were able to participate in several hands-on activities, including checking medical simulation dummies for pupil dilation, heart rate, and other vital signs, while learning about various career paths in emergency medicine and EMT careers.

Meet Our Newest Interns

 April 2016, Jessica St. Laurent - Red Cloud Indian School/ Our Lady of Lourdes

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        I had never seen such excitement in the expressions of children until the day we reviewed cardiac anatomy on real buffalo hearts. My excitement throughout the Asniya course was derived from the insightful questions and curiosity of these middle school students; it was beyond my expectations. Throughout our month together, middle school students at the Red Cloud Indian School and Our Lady of Lourdes fifth-­through­-eighth grade classes were motivated and inquisitive. 
        During our first class sessions, I asked the students what they were interested in learning. I received a variety of requests ranging from how pimples form to the heritability of schizophrenia. I had two goals for our time together: the first was for students to understand how healthcare professionals think and learn. The second was to familiarize students with a variety of careers in healthcare. 
       At the conclusion of our course, we conducted a survey of all participating students and found about 35% were considering healthcare careers. Additionally, more than 50% of students were interested in having a mentor in healthcare and learning more about the topic. The vast majority of the students voiced that they enjoyed the material, hands on laboratories, and even...the homework. Research has shown that introducing children early to healthcare careers is an important factor in the decision to enter a health profession. Many students may decide later on to pursue these professions, but most importantly, I hope all students retain their passion and excitement for learning.
       Having visited the Pine Ridge reservation for the first time ten years ago, I was impressed by the changes on the reservation during my trip. I had the opportunity to work with the educators and community leaders who are dedicated to protecting Lakota culture and promoting Lakota health. Teachers at both Red Cloud and Our Lady of Lourdes will be joining our curriculum committee to develop Asniya materials for future interns, as well as design health sequences to span the middle school years. I’m looking forward to working with these inspiring and motivated educators to bring lasting opportunities to students across Pine Ridge.


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