According to students Virginia McGregor and Lauren Cebulski, preparation for their community health presentations began months in advance. “We began our community assessment long before leaving for Ghana,” say Virginia and Lauren. “We did the majority of our research online and by way of email correspondence. That way, we were able to gain a better understanding of the community’s needs.”
The Internet, as well as other resources provided through the Falvey Memorial Library, proved helpful in establishing a community based plan of care. “We determined that tuberculosis, hepatitis B, and overcoming negative stigmas associated with physical deformities were areas in need of significant intervention,” says student Jacqueline Gentile.
Students presented educational programming to communities identified as being in need. They focused on health promotion topics such as “Living well with your disability,” “Preventing tuberculosis,” and “Preventing hepatitis B.”