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.
In 2016, we conducted a series of YHAP health talks on cancer education at Choa Chu Kang Secondary, Crescent Girls' School and Anglo-Chinese Junior College.
This year, in line with the Ministry of Health's "War On Diabetes", we will be giving talks on Diabetes Mellitus at our partner schools.
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 present their projects at a booth in the exhibition area of our annual health screening, and share with the public about what they have learnt in YHAP.
Our pioneer batch of YHAP students embarking on these health projects consists of 24 J1 students from Hwa Chong Institution.
This year, we are working with J1 students from Hwa Chong Institution and Raffles Institution (Junior College), who will be presenting posters and games on Diabetes Mellitus at PHS 2017. Stay tuned for more updates!
YHAP Partners 2017
- Choa Chu Kang Secondary
- Crescent Girls' School
- Crest Secondary School
- Hwa Chong Institution
- Raffles Institution (Junior College)
- Singapore Chinese Girls School
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.