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Junior Kenia Zepeda Carrillo to attend the Med-Start

Cibola High School junior Kenia Zepeda Carrillo was accepted into the Med-Start Health Careers Program at the University of Arizona for this coming summer. 

Med-Start is a summer academic enrichment program for any 11th grade Arizona high school student interested in pursuing a career in the health sciences. Students participate in the program during the summer between their junior and senior years.

“I feel so grateful for my parents and teachers for their guidance and support,” Zepeda said. “I couldn’t have done this without them. In the future, I look forward to going to medical school and pursuing a career in surgery.”

According to their website, Med-Start, is sponsored by the University of Arizona Health Sciences-Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Arizona-Area Health Education Centers. It was created in 1969 to help improve healthcare in rural, reservation, and economically disadvantaged areas through the recruitment and training of students from those regions. Med-Start helps young people prepare for their future in the health professions by exploring career opportunities and providing college-level coursework in English and science.

The Med-Start program is a collaborative effort between the UA College of Medicine, College of Pharmacy, College of Nursing and College of Public Health and other departments at The University of Arizona. Collaborative agencies supporting the program include: the Arizona Area Health Education Centers, the Inter-tribal Council of Arizona and other Arizona educational and healthcare organizations.

Last year, several students from Yuma Union High School District schools attended the program.

Kenia at Cibola

Kevin Swearingin
kswearingin@yumaunion.org