Tuesday, July 24, 2012

This week, a team of 20 interprofessional students, faculty and health care providers will depart for Sekondi, Ghana on the second 2012 Cross-cultural Immersion in Healthcare Program. This UNE initiative, in its 6th year, offers two annual immersion experiences enabling students to work alongside the Ghana Health Service, Community Health Educators and the community. Participants engage in direct health services, interprofessional collaboration, community education, along with academic and cross-cultural exchange.

Participants this summer include 14 UNE students from nursing, physical therapy, physician assistant, public health, social work and psychology and social relations programs. The delegation is led by nursing faculty member Dr. Jennifer Morton, who also directs cross cultural health initiatives and the Ghana program for the Westbrook College of Health Professions. She is joined by Lawrence Risigo, an adjunct faculty member in the Physical Therapy Program and Hilarie Jones MS, APRN from the University of Connecticut. The program garners significant interest from universities and service providers outside of UNE. This summer, other external team members include a nurse from New York, and a nurse practitioner from Boston.

UNE students have gathered over 200 pounds of medical supplies donated by the Portland-based Partners for World Health. These materials will be used and distributed in the collaborative community clinics offered in partnership between the UNE delegation and the Ghana Health Services nurses and physicians.

Follow the summer 2012 immersion program, as well as learn about the delegation, student research and collaborative community projects

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