On Our Radar Spring 2012
According to Brittany Rask, PA-C, class of 2011, every year, new Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital PA students are required to purchase a medical supply bag with IV’s, needles, and sutures in order to practice procedures and skills prior to progressing to their clinical year seeing patients. Leftover items are often discarded as students graduate and move into clinical practice. In an effort to give back and make a difference, the PA Program graduating class of 2011 partnered with an organization called Doc 2Dock. Leftover items from the kits were gathered and sent to the organization to be distributed as needed across the world. Doc2Dock started in 2005 as a commitment to global human health during the inaugural Clinton Global Initiative. They collect and redistribute medical supplies to match the specific needs of hospitals in developing countries in areas such as Africa and Haiti. Thus far, Doc2Dock has helped more than 2 million people in the developing world.
Lienhard School of Nursing students recently traveled to Nicaragua as part of their studies. They collected demographic data and interviewed families of pre-schoolers in one neighborhood in Managua about various illnesses and symptoms in their child over a period of six weeks. Students presented a train-the-trainer program on hygiene for the pre-school teachers, who in turn are expected to teach this to the families in their homes. In addition, the group travelled to a coffee farm near Jinotega to collect data on hypertension and hyperglycemia in rural farm workers.
Pace University students travelled with Fairfield University senior nursing students and one faculty member from each university. Lienhard’s Dr. Philip A. Greiner, DNSc, RN, and Lydia Greiner, an Assistant Professor at Fairfield University and a psychiatric APRN and public health doctoral student, led the group as part of their on-going community-based participatory research in Nicaragua.
According to Dr. Philip Greiner, “The project includes English, social work, and tourism majors from Universidad Centroamericana, who worked in teams with the nursing students and community representatives to address community identified health-related concerns. This multi-university partnership provided a unique feature as Pace students interacted each day with college students from UCA and Fairfield University. When the students were not working in the designated communities, they received lectures from UCA faculty, toured cultural and historical sites in the Managua region, and sampled typical Nicaraguan foods. UCA tourism students served as our guides on these activities.”