Our Young Health Ambassadors Programme (YHAP) was an initiative started by our 10th Executive Committee in 2015. This programme aims to cultivate youth to become Health Ambassadors, positively influencing their community to adopt healthy lifestyle practices. Through our programme, youth will be empowered with the relevant health knowledge as well as social interaction skills to enable them to share and educate others with their newfound knowledge. This is done in two parts - health talks and health projects.
We conduct these at our partner schools, reaching out to a large number of students to educate them about certain health topics and relevant diseases. The aim for these health talks is twofold; to educate and impart knowledge to these youth as well as to share with them important information about prevalent diseases in Singapore and importance of regular health screenings. These youth would then share this information with their parents and hopefully, be a driving force for their parents to go for regular health screenings and checkups. In the year of its inception, YHAP partnered with Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) and gave a health talk to the secondary school students there. According to the survey results gathered, both the parents and students found the programme useful.
This year, we conducted our health talks on the issue of Metabolic Syndrome - a cluster of risk factors (Obesity, High Blood Pressure, High Blood Glucose, Abnormal Lipid Profile) that increases an individual’s chance of Cardiovascular risk and Diabetes.
In 2016, our team decided to broaden the scope of YHAP and mentor students of our partner schools to work on health projects. Under the guidance of Dr. Keith Lim, a senior radiation-oncologist at the National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS), YHAP participants will undergo rigorous training where they will learn about various health topics such as cancer education as well as diet and exercise. The goal would be for them to share with the public about what they have learnt in YHAP through an interactive exhibit that will be presented at the PHS Health Carnival.
The YHAP project, as of 2018, comprises of:
An “Opening Workshop” where students are introduced to YHAP and the health carnival, and are given an introductory lecture on the chosen topic for the year, including talks from our partners in HPB. They will undergo a brainstorming session to further research on their chosen area of interest. The Opening Workshop concludes with an “Idea Pitch” session where participants present their initial ideas for activities to advocate healthy living and awareness for various conditions and receive feedback to further refine their ideas
A “Learning Journey” where participants are able to benefit with the exposure to various medical conditions and develop their perspective of healthcare in Singapore. The Learning Journey in YHAP 2018 will take place in the National Kidney Foundation Kidney Discovery Centre on 20th June 2018.
Two official “Group Discussion” sessions will be arranged for YHAP participants to receive feedback from their facilitator and plan their project forward, in line with a checklist. The sessions also serve as a check on their progress for the Planning Committee. Groups are encouraged to meet up amongst themselves in preparation for the formal Group Discussions as well as to develop their ideas.
A “Closing Ceremony” where groups will present their finished products of an interactive exhibit and poster to a panel of judges from external organisations such Health Promotion Board and National Kidney Foundation. A standardised set of rubrics will be used to assess the teams’ delivery, content and synergy. Prizes will be awarded to groups that communicate their ideas in an interactive and visually engaging manner.
The “Health Carnival” is the graduating event of the YHAP project, where participants will present their products, shown in the “Closing Ceremony”, to members of the public during our annual PHS health screening event. This fulfills their objective of serving as ambassadors of health to the public by providing an opportunity for them to step out of their comfort zone and take charge of actively educating the public through their own interactive exhibits. Participants would also be given a tour of the PHS Screening where they would gain a better understanding about the healthcare landscape in Singapore. They will then be awarded the PHS YHAP certificate.
Our pioneer batch of YHAP students embarking on these health projects consists of 24 J1 students from Hwa Chong Institution.
This year, we are proud to expand the programme to 84 students, in 16 teams, across 6 different schools. They will debut their projects in our first ever Health Carnival, with booths and activities run exclusively by our Young Health Ambassadors!
2016: 24 students from Hwa Chong Institution
2017: 42 students from Hwa Chong Institution and Raffles Institution (Junior College)
2018: 84 students from Methodist Girls’ School, Dunman High School, Hwa Chong Institution, Raffles Institution (Junior College), Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)
YHAP Partners 2018
- Choa Chu Kang Secondary
- Methodist Girls' School
- Dunman High School
- Hwa Chong Institution
- Raffles Institution (Junior College)
- Anglo Chinese School (Independent)
Looking ahead, Public Health Service is keen to have a diverse range of schools to be with us on board YHAP. If you happen to be an educator and your school is interested in being a YHAP partner, please get in touch with us here.
The YHAP Team
To better facilitate the planning of quality programmes so as to enrich the experience of our YHAP participants, PHS has expanded the YHAP planning committee this year to include various members across different Healthcare faculties.
The YHAP Committee is anchored by the Outreach Committee of the Public Health Service, and consists of students of various healthcare faculties. They will assist the Outreach Committee in the development of the YHAP workshop, in the areas of Activities and Manpower. Do show them your support at our Health Carnival at Jurong East (near J-Link, Canopy) on the 13-14 October 2018!