Please describe the goal of your initiative; outline what you are trying to achieve
The goal of iBody camp is to influence young people’s decisions about their personal health; and to interest them in a career in the healthcare industry. The larger goal of participating in this initiative is to expand the number of your people who can participate in this program through the use of advanced communication technology to provide both live-by-computer, and archived video of the experiential learning that happens at iBody. This would allow us to extend the program’s reach to young people who would never otherwise be able to participate.
What has been the impact of your solution to date?
In the foundational years of the program at Crown Center, 700 students participated. In the three years at Hinsdale Hospital, 240 additional students were trained. Of these, 100% enrolled in college; 80% enrolled in science-based majors; and 25% enrolled in healthcare programs, including medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physical and occupational therapy, and hospital administration. Students from the early days of the program are now graduates working as physicians and in other related fields. All participants have benefited from the education that helps them to make better decisions about their health and bodies. Experience has been gained, and technology put in place that positions iBody to expand exponentially in the next few years.
What is your projected impact over the next five years?
At the local level, enrollment capacity will expand to 200 students per year. A year-round presence in local schools including video-casts, live presentations, and after-school mini-programs can be established. Evening programs can be added for adults who wish to pursue explore the healthcare fields. On a larger scale, Adventist hospitals are one of the largest hospital systems world-wide. This existing network dramatically improves the ability to provide remote, web-based participation in iBody programs, as well as to replicate them in other Adventist hospitals around the world. The impact will be exponential, touching literally thousands of young people who will, at minimum, make better decisions for their own and their families’ health, many of whom will find careers in healthcare.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
Barriers to implementation are all, at base, financial. There is a primary need to assign a full-time coordinator in order to effect the growth potential of the program. In addition, there are costs for the expansion of interactive technology. Adding medical teaching simulators is also in the future planning, entailing additional expenses. Some expansion costs may be defrayed through tuition from students at remote locations. Once the hurdle of demonstrating replicability within the Adventist system has been achieved, there is significant potential for development funding within the national corporate budget.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
The 2012 iBody camp this summer is our 6 month milestone. Improvements that are anticipated this year include wiring additional
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
A year from now we will be planning iBody Camp 2013. At that time a full-time coordinator will be in place. Educational simulato