MEXICO, NY – Dr. Jiancheng Huang, Public Health Director for Oswego County, recently spoke to New Vision Allied Health students of the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation about his career and the many facets of public health.
Dr. Huang shared his passion for helping those in need, his excitement in working with our rural community and the everyday struggles regarding the health disparity of our nation.
“It is very encouraging to me to see so many young people interested in healthcare,” he said.
Dr. Huang started his presentation by asking every student to relay why they were in the New Vision Allied Health program at CiTi. Most answers revolved around helping and working with people or making a difference.
“Realize the fantastic educational opportunities in front of you,” said Dr. Huang. “Just work hard and you can reach your goals and achieve your dreams.”
Dr. Huang spoke about leadership and the difference between being a leader and just being “bossy.”
He said that being a leader requires having a vision and the ability to inspire people.
Together, the class identified rising health concerns in Oswego County such as drug use and sexually transmitted diseases.
The students and Dr. Huang proceeded to discuss issues of awareness and education and ways to combat the identified health concerns.
Each year, the CiTi New Vision Allied Health class completes a community project; this year is aimed at addressing the issue of drug abuse.
A crucial part of the project involves statistics and survey data. Dr. Huang gave examples of how a survey could result in being biased and/or inaccurate. He also gave tips as to how to obtain truthful and useful information, such as using anonymous surveys and putting a lot of thought into the wording of the questions.
Last year’s New Vision Allied Health class tackled the issue of tobacco use in Oswego County. One project was selected from the morning and afternoon classes by a panel of health care professionals in the community, including Dr. Huang, and with funding provided by the Rural Health Network of Oswego County, the projects were able to be implemented.
This year’s classes will also present their projects to a panel of professionals.
“I am very excited to see what ideas the students develop this year,” said CiTi New Vision Allied Health instructor Kimberly Wright.