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Interdisciplinary Healthcare in Nicaragua

1 January 2009


This annual project, a partnership with the Jessie F. Richardson Foundation (JFR), sends students and faculty from the College of Health Professions to provide essential health services and health education to La Providencia Hogar and the surrounding community in Granada, Nicaragua. The hogar houses some of Nicaragua’s poorest elders who are often abandoned by their adult children who leave the country in search of employment or to fend for their immediate families. Charitable faith-based organizations support these elders having established twenty hogars throughout the country. The University partners with Nicaraguan gerontologist Dr. Milton Lopez to establish La Providencia Hogar as a “model rehabilitative and health center”, with future plans for expansion of services to another hogar, as well as for significant increases in continuing education and training for providers who care for elders.

In the first year of the program, 2007, the CHP sent students and faculty from three of the College’s six professional programs – occupational therapy, physical therapy, and dental health science – to this site to work inter-professionally to improve the health and safety of the residents. In the second year, the College’s School of Pharmacy joined the program. Future plans call for involvement of the remaining Schools of Psychology, Physician Assistant Studies and the University’s College of Optometry.


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