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Going to the source for medical information
May 6, 2018

May 2018 … A group of fourth grade student reporters recently visited the Simulation Center at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia to get a taste of how medical professionals are trained.

The reporters from St. Raymond of Penafort Catholic School’s Healthy Outlook newspaper, part of the Healthy NewsWorks program, spoke with Einstein experts, learned CPR basics, and put on medical gowns and gloves to examine a simulated patient. The Simulation Center gives medical teams an opportunity to train in intensive care, surgery, pediatric, and other skills in a lifelike environment.

The St. Raymond students’ visit was also covered by Action News on 6ABC/WPVI-TV.

The field trip reinforced lessons the reporters learn throughout the school year about how to find accurate sources of health information that can be shared with their readers. “You can get more information here instead of just reading about it because you don’t know—some sites can’t be trustworthy, so you like to get it from your main source,” fourth-grader Lailah Flemming told Action News reporter Katherine Scott.

Healthy NewsWorks operates in 14 high-needs schools in Philadelphia and Norristown, teaching students the basics of journalism so they can produce health-focused newspapers, books, and other media. In late May, the program will celebrate the publication of its seventh book, Leading Healthy Change In Our Communities 2018.

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Since 2003, Healthy NewsWorks has been empowering elementary and middle school students to become researchers, writers, and confident communicators who advance health understanding and literacy through their factual publications and digital media.