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Health promotion for elders in Nicaragua: Interdisciplinary international educational opportunities for Pacific University health programs

1 June 2009


New opportunities for collaboration abound with the inception of the newly formed Pacific University College of Health Professions campus in Hillsboro Oregon. Prior to 2005, the health professional Schools of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Professional Psychology and Physician Assistant Studies were located in separate areas on campus and operated as autonomous entities within the University system. Since then, these Schools have moved to one central location and now include the recent addition of the Schools of Dental Health Science and Pharmacy. Unification of these six health profession programs under one roof lays the supporting foundation to enhance inter-professional educational collaboration among faculty, students, and those who benefit from our services. The Health Promotion of Elders in Nicaragua project evolved from the College of Health Professions' (CHP) goal to "foster inter-professional planning, instruction, and clinical experiences for schools within the College".

The Promotion of Health of Elders in Nicaragua project is the first inter-professional international educational endeavor for the College of Health Sciences. The goals of the project are (1) to provide health-related service-learning opportunities in Nicaragua using a community-based rehabilitation approach to build capacity and long-term interventions, within the means of the local economy, for Nicaraguans to help themselves and (2) to enhance inter-professional understanding and service delivery among health disciplines for students and faculty.


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