An RHCHP student holding and smiling at a baby at a service learning event

Impactful immersion experiences are possible without traveling to another country. We have programs here in Colorado and in the Appalachian Region (West Virginia). The programs give you deeper insights and understanding of the challenges faced by these communities from a social justice and health care perspective.

Regis University, in partnership with the Appalachian Institute of Wheeling Jesuit University, provides students with a cultural immersion and service experience in one of the poorest socio-economic regions in the United States. This immersion seeks to expose students to long standing issues related to the physical and mental health of Appalachian residents. Students will learn about how the history, environment, culture, and politics have combined to create disparities which cross state boundaries in the region.

Program goals include:

  • Meet with community providers, leaders and activists
  • Provide students with a transformative social justice experience focusing on the role of socio-economic issues connected with the health of the Appalachian region
  • Provide learning opportunity in cultural competence (i.e. rural communities)
  • Create commitment to long term community and civic engagement
  • Develop interprofessional awareness and communication skills for the good of the group

Eligible Academic Programs

December Trip 
Nursing (Accelerated BSN, CHOICE) & HSA students

May Trip
DPT (1st and 2nd year), Pharmacy (1st and 2nd year), and HSA students

Upcoming Dates

Contact Sharif Abdelhamid at sabdelha@regis.edu or 303.458.4188.

This program was offered for the first time in the fall of 2012. It provides a shorter-term, low cost option for students to explore critical issues of health and social justice in the immigrant and refugee communities of urban Denver and rural Fort Morgan. Students interact with nonprofits and health service providers who share their experience and perspectives in working with these populations. In addition, students are partnered with a local refugee/immigrant family for homestays in Ft. Morgan. 

The program gives students deeper insights and understanding of the challenges faced by these communities and their role in addressing these issues. Students also learn about the rich culture, values and perspectives immigrants and refugees bring to enhance our local communities. Specific program goals include:

  • Meet with community members, health care and service providers, leaders, and activists
  • Provide students with a transformative social justice experience focusing on the role of socio-economic issues connected with the health of local immigrants/refugees
  • Learn about the health care situation and health care delivery systems serving local immigrant/refugee populations
  • Provide learning opportunity in cultural competence
  • Provide students with the knowledge and resources to advocate for immigrants and refugees
  • Develop interprofessional awareness and communication skills for the good of the group

Eligible Academic Programs

Nursing (Traditional, MSN, RN-BSN, CHOICE) & HSA students

Upcoming Dates

Contact Jeremey Lee at jjlee@regisy.edu or by phone at 303.964.5754, or Sharif Abdelhamid at sabdelha@regis.edu or by phone at 303.458.4188.