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The CMA Think Camp is an opportunity for young thought leaders

This isn’t your typical summer camp with campfires, water balloons and table crafts.

This is the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) Think Camp, which will bring together youth community leaders over the course of three days to learn about and discuss key issues affecting the health care system and the health of Canadians.

The inaugural camp will be held in Saskatoon on August 14-16, 2017 and will focus on indigenous health issues, which have been identified as a priority area for CMA to have a role in developing policy or filling policy gaps.  At its core, the CMA Think Camp is intended to teach attendees how to turn ideas and acquired beliefs into action. The CMA believes participants will gain confidence as thought leaders, develop skills for future education and leadership, and make new friends.

While the goal of the camp is to provide participants with new knowledge and a better understanding of indigenous health, it doesn’t stop there. On the third day, the participants — aged between 14 and 17 years — will be divided into groups and asked to develop what they feel are viable solutions for the CMA to address problems and issues surrounding indigenous health. They will then present those ideas to a panel of health care and community leaders.

The CMA is looking for up to 12 high school students or recent high school graduates (within last six months) to attend this year’s Think Camp. The association is hoping to attract participants with a proven ability to think creatively and who have an interest in health care, advocacy, social activism or politics. Preference will be given to indigenous youth and an interest in indigenous health is also a must.

Each day will be filled with activities including a plant walk and guided tour of Wanuskewin Heritage Park from a local indigenous educator. Speakers will include indigenous leaders, physicians and politicians.

“We hope this camp is the beginning of a journey for those who participate but also for those whom it is intended to benefit.”

Breakfast and lunch will be provided each day by the association but participants and their families are responsible for transportation to and from the camp, located at the MD Financial Management (a CMA company) office building located on Queen Street in Saskatoon.

Interested individuals must submit their application form by Monday, July 31. For more information and to apply, visit cma.ca/ThinkCamp or email yourquestions@cma.ca.

This story was created by Content Works, Postmedia’s commercial content division, on behalf of the Canadian Medical Association.

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