On March 11, 2011 students and faculty from WCHP, CoP and COM will travel to the twin cities of Sekondi and Takoradi in Ghana, West Africa to participate in a cultural experience that includes direct services, community health education, and exchanges with the Ghana Health Service and the University of Cape Coast. UNE’s partnership with the Ghana Health Mission, Inc has now evolved into a biannual experience with all colleges. GHM, was originally established by Leda McKenry, RN, PhD, FAAN of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Reverend Robert Andoh of the International Mission. This unlikely partnership evolved into Ghana Health mission 14 years ago.
Jennifer Morton, DNP, MPH, RN will be joined by Shelley Cohen Konrad, PhD, John Schloss PhD, Marietta Schloss, Steev Sutton PdD, Andrew Tenenbaum, DO, Emily Dornblaser PharmD, Jessica Taylor, PA-C (alum ’09), Brenda Connell (alum ’10), RN, BSN, Jennifer Stenberg (WCHP ’11, nursing), DeAnne Start (WCHP ’11, social work), Casey Toombs (CAS, ’12, pre PA). This student and faculty group is comprised of an interprofessional team that includes nursing, social work, medicine, physician assistant, pharmacy practice and science.
This experience will introduce the students to health care as it is delivered in a developing country while they provide valuable healthcare services and community health education to the people of Sekondi and Takoradi. This type of experience assists students and faculty in recognizing and heightening their skills as culturally sensitive health professionals through self reflection prior to, during and after the immersion experience.
Students will participate in activities that include:
- Participation in the delivery of direct patient care
- Community health education as a partnership with community health workers, Ghana Health Service nurse and lab workers, UCC students
- Becoming versed in the use of interpreters
All of the students and faculty have been working hard to collect needed medical supplies for the trip.
This year’s students and faculty group will participate in learning exchanges with Ghana Health Service personnel both at the GHM clinic as well as the Effia Nkwanta hospital and Social Welfare office. Additionally, after an extensive interview with a rural chief in Pumba, we will offer health education services as we prepare for an expansion of services with our GHS partners in August ’11 to this new site.
Lastly, the group will spend two days at the University of Cape Coast engaging in educational and clinical exchanges. Dr. Kofi Awusabo-Asare (who visited UNE in Nov) has worked diligently to prepare a program that offers a rich bi-cultural exchange. We are confident that this exchange will place solid roots into a longstanding, collaborative relationship.