Maureen Lynch, senior nursing student, also organized a fundraising website to raise money to donate much needed healthcare supplies to the community. “Through the website, $2,000.00 was raised for items including blood pressure cuffs, stethoscopes, wound care supplies, and other basic first aid supplies, all of which were given to the community health volunteers in Chulucanas,” notes senior Kathryn Magargee, student trip leader. An integral part of the work planned for this year was a workshop on the first day of the visit that included the continued instruction of the community health volunteers on how to perform blood pressure measurements, post-operative care and basic assessment skills. “We taught the community health volunteers with the intention and the hope that care for the community members would continue long after our departure,” explains Kathryn.
After extensively researching the community health needs in the three main Chulucanas parishes of San Ramon, San Jose Obrero, and Sagrada Familia, students realized food accessibility issues and lack of healthcare access were two of the main factors contributing to health disparities within the community. The four health topics that were most pertinent to the community of Chulucanas for this visit were management and prevention of diabetes, care of the pregnant adolescent, first aid and post-operative care, and domestic violence. “Student pairs presented their topics to a different community each afternoon,” notes Dr. Bette Mariani, assistant professor.