Future Health Leaders Explore Forensic Science


2017_GrandCanyon FHL Tour

By Guest Blogger Katherine Nicole Welchlin

2017_GrandCanyon FHL TourOn Tuesday, March 7th 2017 85 SEAHEC Future Health Leaders and their chaperones, representing six high schools, attended the Grand Canyon University’s (GCU) Forensic Science Day in Phoenix Arizona. At the event, students were able to explore the diverse field of forensic science as well as career options within the field.In the morning, students had the opportunity to tour GCU’s cadaver labs, as well as learn from a variety of informational booths. These included activities and demonstrations such as finger printing, handwriting analysis, and blood spatter reconstruction. Students later had the opportunity to hear from experts in the field speak about their work with crime scene investigations, firearms, forensic art and more. The event closed with a live police dog demonstration, lunch, and information about GCU’s STEM programs.

Bernadette Hernandez

Bernadette Hernandez

I am currently living my dream of providing health services to my hometown of Nogales, AZ. Nogales is a hybrid society split by the Mexican-American border. On the Mexican side you have a mid-size metropolitan city with the hustle and bustle of international commerce; rich in culture from those who have become stranded trying to make their way into the United States of America. On the American side, it is a close knit community where we all know each other and are anxious to help each other succeed.

In my current position as the School-Linked health Care Coordinator I get to assist my community by providing children K-12 with vital health information to prevent that which we see most in our community: diabetes, asthma, and obesity. I have a solid understanding of school, health services needs and assets in our rural, U.S. Mexico border improving adolescent wellness services through collaboration, education and advocacy.

“Because I live in a border town I had the chance to experience two cultures at the same time.  I learned that my community was in need of education and promotion of healthy lifestyles, which are one of the main focuses in public health.”