Summer Health Institute
This five-week program is a collaborative effort with Salinas Valley Memorial
Healthcare System, and Hartnell College, and R.O.P./Health Academies.
Our purpose is to expose high school students, recruited primarily from
local health academies, to health-careers through classroom presentations,
job shadowing, and group research projects. During the program, students
develop an understanding of hospital organization, diagnosis, care plan
development, patient assessment, and treatment.
We strive to inspire students to pursue health careers and solidify their
desire to achieve a career in a health-related field into a more clearly-defined
plan. Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System has presented the program
since 2003, with the help of the following participating agencies throughout
the years: Hartnell College, Central Coast Visiting Nurses Association
& Hospice, Mission Trails R.O.P., Stanford School of Medicine, University
of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), and NASA/Ames Research.
Participants are selected through a competitive application process between
February-March and must be a high school Junior or Senior at the time
of application to be considered. Application materials are distributed
through local R.O.P., Health Academy instructors, and Career Centers or
calling SVMH Volunteer Services at 831-755-0772 or emailing