Health profession students currently have educational, service learning or clinical practice experiences with several domestic and international community partners. A thoughtful process of selecting partnerships is important in determining the needs of all stakeholders. Partnerships that create transformative and sustainable international development take time and ongoing assessment and modifications to ensure that the well structured programs model sustainability, reciprocity and are built on strong relationships and most importantly improve the health of local community they serve. Upon post reflection students recognize the gifts and insight they receive from our clinical partners is immense.
As we work alongside our community partners, we develop our capacity to listen and to learn from people who are not often heard or valued in our culture. Over time, we can grow in solidarity and come to see society as an integrated, diverse whole. As members of the human community, it is not easy to forget, dismiss, or distance ourselves from people living the reality of marginalization. We glimpse the relational nature of justice and are hopefully transformed to rise to meet the challenge of becoming positive change agents for a more just society. The program encourages students to increase their understanding and become critically conscious of the divide between economically well off and under resourced areas of the world. Our goal, therefore, is not simply to experience and gain a deeper understanding of the voices of the marginalized in society, but rather to learn about and gain the tools through which the inequitable systems and structures of society can be challenged and changed.
After a Regis DPT Alumna worked for Catholic Medical Mission Board
for a year in 2010, RHCHP has been traveling to Peru ever since. In partnership with Regis University, Catholic Medical Mission Board has built two interprofessional community based rehabilitation program as part of their mission to transform the lives of vulnerable women and children. Regis also partners with local hospitals, universities and private clinics in the areas of education, service and clinical practice. Future immersions to Peru will include an interprofessional team of students and faculty.
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created by Regis DPT students.
Students and faculty immerse deeply in the Nicaraguan culture by staying with host families and partnering with Viva Nicaragua to learn about and serve in the Nicaragua private and public health care system.
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by Regis DPT students. Future experiences will be interprofessional.
Domestic Service Learning
Service learning is a philosophy of education, method of teaching, and model for community development that bridges the classroom and the community by engaging learners in the application of theory to service to achieve desired learning outcomes. This form of learning emphasizes critical thinking and personal/professional reflection while encouraging a heightened sense of personal growth, academic enhancement, civic learning, and professional development.
Through service learning preflection, postflection, curriculum, and site placement, students embark on a journey of transformation: awareness of self, others, acting with justice, reflective practice, and discernment. Students in service learning experiences are transformed and positioned to meet the diverse needs of their patients and clients. Students engage in project-based service learning at community partner sites providing necessary health education, promotion, and prevention. Students, participants, and the organization develop and thrive through/from this engagement experience.