Modern career day: Using technology to connect with students

Dr. Thakar connects with a seventh grade class via Skype.

Dr. Thakar connects with a seventh grade class via Skype.

Recently, with the help of Skype, I met Gloria Roschke and her seventh grade class from the Milwaukee Academy of Science. The students attending this magnet school are on a path to pursue higher education in the field of science. As a class project, they were learning about childhood diseases and asked if I would speak to them as a pediatric oncologist at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

I was impressed by their questions, from “What is the most common cancer in kids?” to “What is chemotherapy and does it hurt?” These …Click here to continue reading

e-Learning is a Smart Choice!

As a public health professional in Milwaukee, I’ve had the pleasure of working with Children’s Health Education Center in some capacity over the last decade. I recently transitioned to the private, nonprofit sector and serve as director of Health & Life Skills for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee.

One of my primary functions is to assess needs and develop health programming for more than 30,000 youth members. The Health & Life Skills department is one of five core service areas that educates youth about key issues that affect our community. We cover topics …Click here to continue reading

Making the right choices

A new exhibit opened last weekend at Betty Brinn Children’s Museum in Milwaukee. Kohl’s Healthy Kids: It’s Your Move! was developed in partnership with Children’s Hospital and Health System and brought to you by Kohl’s Department Stores. Check out photos from the grand opening event!

Kids sit and pedal as they answer questions related to bike safety. Three correct answers in a row, sends their ball all the way up the translucent ball tower.

Kids sit and pedal as they answer questions related to bike safety. Three correct answers in a row, sends their ball all the way up the translucent ball tower.

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