Purdue University Northwest, College of Nursing (CON), is dedicated to providing students robust opportunities to outreach and impact our community. In part, the pedagogy for learning, includes the service to vulnerable populations in the context of ending social and health disparities.
In accordance with the CON’s outreach and service-learning model, eight undergraduate students and two faculty members had the opportunity to travel to the Appalachian region of Tennessee with an organization called Remote Area Medical (RAM). RAM provides underserved populations free medical, dental, and vision services throughout the United States and abroad.
Through this experience, both Honors and CON students partnered with RAM and Indiana Campus Compact. In fact, one student, Julie Lara, completed her Honors Capstone project while attending this experience. Julie’s framework for her service learning research was based on the International Community Assessment Model (ICAM). Julie captured the experience, and RAM’s valuable outreach to the community, in her documentary, titled “The Mobile Clinic: Remote Area Medical.”
Further, Julie and three of her classmates had the opportunity to share her project, via a workshop presentation, titled “Mobile Clinic Model in the Contexts of Gray, TN and Northwest Indiana” at the 9th annual Service Engagement Summit – Indiana Campus Compact in Indianapolis.
To summarize: The RAM service learning project has provided students opportunities in both scholarship and community engagement. A project that will be sustainable to the CON as we continue to outreach and serve vulnerable populations in Northwest Indiana.
Those involved in this project:
Remote Area Medical
Indiana Campus Compact
Students: Julie Lara, Bailey Reiger, Sheila Porrata, Trina Romero-Munoz, Rebeca Rodriguez, Tiffany Coffey, Anne Hawkins, Belen Bustos
Colleges: College of Nursing, Honors College
Deans: Lisa Hopp, Karen Morris
RAM: Dave Maurer
Faculty: Dr. Janet Davis, Cindy Robbins, Deborah L Bachmann