For Immediate Release
Feb. 25, 2016
Kaitlin Felsted, Marketing Communications Specialist
STEM Action Center
Lance Madigan, Media Relations Manager
STEM Action Center Partners with Intermountain Healthcare to Expand Health Science Learning
Intermountain Healthcare donates $200,000 to create an enhanced classroom experience
SALT LAKE CITY – Come this fall, Utah teachers will be able to implement health science learning into core curriculum thanks to a partnership between the Utah STEM Action Center and Intermountain Healthcare.
Intermountain recently made a $200,000 donation to the STEM Action Center. As a result of this contribution, the STEM Action Center will bring Utah teachers and experts from Intermountain together this summer to develop learning modules around healthcare, medicine, nutrition, outdoor recreation and sports science, all of which will align with Common Core standards.
The learning modules will take health back to its fundamentals, allowing teachers to incorporate the subject matter into Core math and science concepts. Modules will also include examples of hands-on activities and healthcare career opportunities.
“As a not-for-profit healthcare system, Intermountain’s priority is to improve health in the communities we serve,” said Mikelle Moore, vice president of community benefit for Intermountain Healthcare. “We are grateful to assist the Utah STEM Action Center to meet their goals to grow STEM awareness throughout the state of Utah.”
Once the modules have been developed this summer, they will be made available to teachers for the upcoming school year. The STEM Action Center and Intermountain will help to promote these learning modules through hands-on activities, field trips and various other measures to ensure they become available to students statewide.
“We are excited to work with Intermountain Healthcare to help students and teachers see that STEM is a part of healthcare and medicine,” said Dr. Tamara Goetz, Utah STEM Action Center executive director. “We also want them to see where STEM intersects with a healthy lifestyle and connects with how they live and how they have fun. This can include nutrition, sports and outdoor recreation. Ultimately, we want them to translate these learning experiences to the diverse and exciting career options that exist within the world of healthcare.”
About the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) charter is based on Governor Gary Herbert’s commitment to economic development statewide. Utah’s economic development vision is that Utah will lead the nation as the best performing economy and be recognized as a premier global business environment and tourist destination. The mandate for this office is to provide rich business resources for the creation, growth and recruitment of companies to Utah and to increase tourism and film production in the state. GOED accomplishes this mission through the administration of programs that are based around targeted industries or “economic clusters” that demonstrate the best potential for development. GOED utilizes state resources and private sector contracts to fulfill its mission. For more information please contact: Michael Sullivan, 801-538-8811 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Utah STEM Action Center
The Utah STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Action Center works to develop Utah’s workforce of the future by prioritizing STEM education. The program drives research and implementation of STEM education best practices across Utah by coordinating STEM-related activities, creating and coordinating proven STEM education best practices, facilitating educator access to those tools, align public STEM education and higher STEM education activities.
About Intermountain Healthcare
Intermountain Healthcare is a not-for-profit health system based in Salt Lake City. Recognized for its excellent clinical care and low costs, Intermountain strives to help people live the healthiest lives possible. For more information, visit intermountainhealthcare.org.