Cross Cultural Health Immersion-Ghana 2013

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On August 2, 2013, twenty four students, faculty and community based health professionals will travel to the Western Region of Ghana to work alongside health workers in the communities of Sekondi, Takoradi, Kansawarado, and Mpintsin. Cross Cultural Health Immersion-Ghana, a UNE program has been conducting travel experiences for students at UNE for 6 years under the leadership of Dr. Jennifer Morton from the Westbrook College of Health Professions. A rich cultural/clinical immersion, participants engage in community based clinical and related services that include primary care, health promotion activities, health education, and more. In addition, participants work alongside Ghana Health Service workers and community health outreach workers to truly understand and practice culturally focused care under the Ghanaian health paradigm.

The August 2013 interprofessional cohort includes:

Claudia Burns (DPT ’14)
Gia Calabrese (DPT ’14)
Mitchell Chan (Pharm ’14)
Stephanie Fyock ( MPH ’14)
Thomas Gjeltema (DPT ’14)
Ryan Hill (DPT ’14)
Rachael Hohmann (DPT ’14)
Emily Farnham (alum Nsg ’13)
Heidi Jones (DPT ’14)
Jayme Keith (DPT ’14)
Emily Melzer (DPT ’14)
Amy Muntifering (DPT ’14)
Tho Ngo (MPH ’14)
Kirsten Shangraw (DPT ’14)
Georgia Smith (alum, Nsg ’13)
Liane Vogel (Nsg ’14)
James Walrath (DPT ’14)
Chris Hill (alum DPT ’12)
Jen Morton, DNP (Nsg Faculty)
Dennis Leighton, DPT (DPT Faculty)
Erin Koepf, PharmD (Pharm Practice Faculty)
Sarah Smith, PharmD (Pharm Practice Faculty)
Hilarie Jones, NP, APRN
Anne Tompkins, RN
Kathy Vezina, RN, JD

Dr. Dennis Leighton and several students have coordinated fundraising and supply collections with Partners for World Health and local venders. These donations will be presented to the local hospital (EKG machine, walkers, wheelchairs, canes) as well as other supplies for the various clinics.

There are also several student projects that will take place. Tho Ngo (MPH ’14) is completing her MPH practicum with Jennifer Morton, DNP and Linda Vanotoo, MD (Ghana Health Service). Specifically, Tho will working with the GHS to build a database for the collaborative clinic that tracks epidemiologic trends. Other students will collect clinical hours for their various disciplines of study.

In addition to practice environment activities (clinical and public health), participants will engage in many cultural activities that include attending a semi pro soccer game, visiting the local markets, touring Elmina Castle, visiting Kakum national park, and being entertained by a local drumming corp.

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