Co-op Placement Program

Created by:  Rolly Etti and Dr. Jerry M. Maniate

This program was initially conceptualized and piloted with the Cooperative Education Program at Gloucester High School (Ottawa, Canada).  Our goal is to create a positive and supportive co-op placement program for high school students from underrepresented populations in our health system.

We are appreciative of the  in-kind support this program receives from:

Background of the EqHS Lab

Through the lens of equity, diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and belonging, the Equity in Health Systems (EqHS) Lab seeks to investigate the key concepts of social determinants of health and their impact on our communities and health systems. The collaboration between the EqHS Lab and Gloucester High School (Ottawa, ON) will be a co-op placement with a diverse group of students who have strong perspectives on how to effect social change in our healthcare system by creating space for critical conversations outside of traditional structures.

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Why should high school students consider this co-op placement?

This co-op placement will provide students with the opportunity to learn everything they can about the healthcare system. Students will develop and learn new skills such as project management, time management, and leadership, as well as potentially build networks that will benefit them in the future. Students will also have the opportunity to contribute to ongoing academic activities (such as research and education sessions) and will be exposed to clinical settings on occasion. Finally, students will have the opportunity to meet and converse with professionals in the field.