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CGH Celebrates Take Your Child To Work Day 2015

, by Elyse Gillen

Students ranging from 1st to 7th grade participated in CGH's TYCTWD Session: An Introduction to Global Health.

Shady Grove celebrated Take Your Child To Work Day (TYCTWD) this year with a variety of activities and sessions aimed at inspiring school-aged children to explore career paths in science and public service.  CGH took this opportunity to host its inaugural Take Your Child To Work Day session, An Introduction to Global Health.  The session was overwhelmingly well received by kids and parents alike, as our theme prompted them to think about the importance of nutrition, healthy living, and science not only in their own lives, but in the lives of everyone around the world.

The 45-minute session, bringing together fifteen students ranging from 1st to 7th grade, began with a presentation by Dr. Lisa Stevens (Deputy Director Planning and Operations) and Cathy Muha (Branch Chief for Planning, Evaluation and Operations) highlighting the missions of the NIH, NCI, and CGH.  The presentation concluded with CGH facilitators, Balkissa Abdoulaye; Elyse Gillen; Tom Gross; Catherine Hidalgo; Sudha Sivaram; and Hillary Topazian, each sharing with the group what they enjoyed most about working at CGH. 

Students were grouped by age into teams of three, and worked with facilitators to discuss topics that included nutrition, healthy living, sun safety, tobacco, and the importance of science.  The teams each designed posters that displayed what their topic meant to them, depicting key points from their discussions. The final 15 minutes was reserved for poster presentation, and a spokesperson from each team described the importance of their topic, and how the team worked together to integrate those ideas in their poster designs.  Our interactive TYCTWD session came to a close with a group photo of students proudly displaying their work.

Our debut TYCTWD session was enormously successful and we want to extend a big thank you to all the facilitators and staff parents who contributed to this special event!

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