In a world of changing demographic patterns, emerging diseases, and mobile populations, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science is committed to providing opportunities for nursing students to gain awareness and knowledge of geographic, economic, sociopolitical and cultural factors that influence health issues and health care all over the world.
Current International Missions
Milot, Haiti, Hôpital Sacré Coeur: Students and faculty will travel to Milot, Haiti to provide care to patients at Hôpital Sacré Coeur (HSC). A 73-bed hospital, HSC is the largest private hospital in the North of Haiti. This premier Haitian health care facility has provided uninterrupted service for 25 years and is a beacon of hope for the people of Northern Haiti. In addition to treating patients, students will engage in daily debriefings and complete journal entries as part of a research study. This trip places strong emphasis on the value and importance of cultural competency in the delivery of health care.
El Cercado, Dominican Republic: El Cercado is located in the hilly area about 4 hours west of Santo Domingo, not far from the Haitian border. Students and faculty will be working in conjunction with a small parish church community that has recently opened an elementary school, Saint Francisco Javier Fe y Alegria with approximately 230 students. Health care in the community of El Cercado is limited. The School of Nursing provides well-child examinations, health and developmental screenings, and home visits in order to identify needs for further health care education with families and established local health care providers; develop community health programs; and promote health in collaboration with local health care providers. Students will engage in daily debriefings and complete journal entries as part of a research study.
India: Dr. Barbara Sarter has worked in Calcutta studying and conducting clinical research on homeopathic therapeutics at the PBH Research Foundation. In January, 2011 she invited a group of five nurse practitioner students to travel with her to Sapnawat, India to provide health care to villagers in the small agricultural community. The students treated several hundred patients, completed a community needs assessment and learned about homeopathic remedies. Dr. Sarter continues to travel to India to conduct clinical research. Mission to Sapnawat