Our Islands, Our Future

King Kekaulike High School, a grantee of Maui Economic Development Board’s (MEDB) Ke Alahele Education Fund, received funding toward educational materials for their Clinical Health students. “This project, Child and Human Development, will primarily impact the students’ choice of health care professions,” said Dodi Pritchett, science teacher at King Kekaulike. “Goals of the class include a more complete understanding of the cycle of life through the study of pregnancy and birth, infant care, and child and human development, as well as developing empathy for patients as students learn how to care for each individual. We obtained four new simulation babies, hospital scrubs, and HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) membership fees for each student enrolled in the class.”

King Kekaulike partnerships were created with a variety of local physicians and clinical health offices. “Our Clinical Health students are also in close partnership with Dr. Celeste Baldwin and the Nursing Program at UH Maui College as well as various community outreach organizations,” Pritchett noted. “Through support for this project, not only will our Clinical Health students benefit, but each and every life these students come into contact with will be positively impacted as a result of their experiences in this class.”

King Kekaulike senior Isabel Riethbrock explained, “This unit is the start of Clinical Health studies for me. Learning about pregnancy, and the ups and downs that come with it, is a huge aspect of what clinical health is. What a woman’s body endures through this process fascinates me, not only as a potential health care provider, but also as a potential future mother.”

MEDB’s Ke Alahele Education Fund grantee programs educate and train students for new career pathways that address the community’s challenges and opportunities. MEDB partners with the private, public and nonprofit sectors at the local and national levels to achieve its goal of helping the next generation soar into the future.

Thank you MEDB for positively impacting our community by investing in our future health care professionals.

Dodi Pritchett, Science Teacher, King Kekaulike High School