6/14/2013 at 12:00 a.m.
Photo by STEVE EDDINGTON
Mike Sullivan (second from right), state conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Services, listens Thursday afternoon to details about the facilities along the Ouachita River that has enabled industrial customers to convert to surface water usage. This has halted the drawdown of the Sparta Aquifer, leading to recovery of water levels in the critical groundwater area. Tom Burger (left), plant manager for the Union Power Plant, explains the process while Farm Bureau state board member Johnny Loftin and Union County Water Conservation Board grants administrator Sherrel Johnson (right) join in the conversation.
Photo by KEITH SUTTON
Graydon Carter (right), a senior at Pocahontas High School in Randolph County, learns to draw blood from St. Bernard Medical Center phlebotomy supervisor Tammy Dunigan. The exercise was part of the Medical Applications of Science for Health (M*A*S*H) camp held June 3-14 at UAMS Northeast in Jonesboro. This summer medical enrichment experience, attended by junior and senior high school students from six northeast Arkansas counties, is designed to encourage rural youths interested in medical careers to continue their education and then return to rural areas to work.
Photo by KEITH SUTTON
Eight junior and senior high school students from Mississippi County are attending a Medical Applications of Science for Health (M*A*S*H) camp June 10-21 at Arkansas Northeastern College in Blytheville. They are (left to right) Maddy Ellis, Haley Romans, Kristian Mays, Tessa Fulling, Emily Childers, Lynn Lisk, Tyler Taylor and Terrance Chew. The two-week summer medical enrichment experience is designed to give interested students a glimpse of what a health profession is really like. Students participated in a variety of medical-related activities including observing surgery; learning more about anatomy through dissection of animal organs; learning about reading x-rays; shadowing a doctor making rounds; an automobile crash simulation and many others. The program hopes to encourage rural youth interested in medical fields to continue their education and then return to rural areas to work. Students were sponsored by the Arkansas MENTOR Medical Partnership and Mississippi County Farm Bureau. The Partnership includes the University of Arkansas for Medical Science’s Area Health Education Centers and Rural Hospital Program, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Arkansas Farm Bureau, Baptist Health and the Arkansas Health Department’s Office of Oral Health.