News, Events and GHP

Global Health Perspectives LogoGlobal Health Perspective (GHP) is a cross-cultural, inclusive outreach program for undergraduate students that is focused on student development in global health settings in Denver and around the world.

GHP combines classroom training with in-field service-learning internships and is integrated throughout the Denver School of Nursing curriculum path. Students are invited to participate in GHP from their first quarter of enrollment, through their coursework and even as DSN alumni.

Student membership in GHP requires attendance at global development symposiums on and off campus and service learning volunteer hours each quarter at many nonprofit organizations in the Denver metro area. After successful completion of GHP membership for a minimum of two quarters and completion of Advanced Medical/Surgical nursing courses, students are eligible to apply for a GHP Service Learning Internship.

DSN faculty members mentor and precept GHP students in both domestic and international internship locations. Upon successful completion of GHP internships students earn clinical credit for their work and, most importantly, gain the tools and experiences to broaden their perspectives in global health care.

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Four Denver School of Nursing (DSN) students and two faculty members assisted Ugandan nurses and provided clinical care to patients in the Yumbe district, across from the South Sudan border, said Dr. Marcia Bankirer, president of DSN.

Accompanied by DSN faculty members, Micah Hughes, assistant professor and director of DSN’s Global Health Perspectives (GHP) program, and Connie Dunbar, DSN adjunct clinical faculty, students Jay Ferrell, Jane Jung, Claribel Najera-Torres and Rebecca Wynkoop assisted in the pediatrics, labor and delivery wards of Yumbe Hospital.

“The DSN team worked in an important part of the Yumbe Hospital, the Therapeutic Feeding Center (TFC),” Hughes explained. “The TFC is an emergency malnutrition ward to children who are admitted from throughout the Yumbe district and the South Sudan. The West Nile region of Uganda is in one of the most severe droughts in the past 50 years. As a result, malnutrition and the impact of other infectious diseases are at the worst levels I’ve seen in the 12 years I’ve been providing patient care in this region.”

UNICEF reports that Uganda has stretched its capacity to assist both its own communities and approximately 130,000 new South Sudanese refugees in the remote West Nile sub-region, including women, child survivors of sexual violence, and separated and unaccompanied children in urgent need of protection. Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) rates of nearly 20 percent can be found among the South Sudanese refugees. UNICEF and partners are planning a response to needs for an additional 80,000 refugees in 2015. (http://www.unicef.org/appeals/uganda.html)

DSN’s Hughes developed a partnership between The Mango Project, a sustainable nonprofit, and Yumbe Hospital to provide preserved mangos for the pediatric and TFC wards and for breast-feeding mothers and hospitalized children. “It was impressive to see the Denver School of Nursing students adapt to this challenging environment and collaborate in community healthcare with the local Ugandan Mango Project leaders,” Hughes stated.

The Mango Project (www.themangoproject.com) first worked in the region in 2003. It was co-founded by Hughes, who serves as its executive director. The Mango Project trains locals to preserve mangos for distribution to local communities during the 10 months out of the year when mangos and other fruit are not available. Since 2012, over 300 hybrid mango trees have been grafted and planted into The Mango Project orchard near Rodo, Uganda.

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