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Nicaragua Project

1 January 2012


The college of Health Professionals of Pacific University in collaboration with the Jessie F. Richardson Foundation, a non-profit organization, completed its fifth annual visit to Nicaragua in December 2011. An intradisciplinary team of Pacific University students and faculty from the dental health, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, and physician assistant programs provided direct services to Nicaraguan elders, caregivers, and community members. The team worked with Nicaraguan gerontologist and physician Dr. Milton Lopez, as well as local nursing and physical therapy students to provide care to residents at La Providencia Hogar de Ancianos, in Granada, and Hogar de Ancianos Club Santa Lucia, in Estelí.

The team prepared for the out of country trip through fundraising events, donation gathering, marketing, and educating local community members about this rare opportunity to provide care for elders in Nicaragua. Upon return, the occupational therapy student team worked diligently to further develop the intradisciplinary team relationship, create evidence-based activities and documents for future generations of students, update the Nicaragua website pages, developed preparatory documents to aid student understanding of the trip goals, as well as presented research on cross-professional teamwork and methods of student education. The goal of this project is to assist each hogar in becoming self-sufficient in providing adequate health care to every one of its residents.


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