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Multicultural Community Experiences

Nursing and dental students participating in our Remote Area Medical Program in Sevierville, Tennessee.  

Service Learning Experiences

Multicultural service learning experiences are available to students during the winter session at various sites throughout the United States and locally. To apply for a service learning experience during the upcoming winter session, enroll for NSG 437.

Upcoming Opportunities

Remote Area Medical (RAM) Program

The RAM program is a longstanding volunteer opportunity where health care professionals come together and work in a mobile clinic setting. The RAM organization sets up mobile medical centers at fairgrounds, schools and arenas in order to provide the underserved in impoverished areas in the United States with general medical, dental, vision and preventive care and education. This experience is only available to senior nursing students.

  • Dates: February 4-5, 2017 
  • Place: Knoxville, TN [Chilhowee Park’s Jacob Building, 3301 E. Magnolia Ave., Knoxville, 37914]

Experience is coordinated with the UB Dental School, which has a longstanding commitment to this organization.   

Overview of Rural Experience

  • Patients arrive on a first come, first serve basis, and typically are without insurance and/or regular health care.
  • Nursing volunteers arrive at clinical site at 5:15 a.m. on both days (Saturday and Sunday).
  • Responsibilities of nursing volunteers are assigned by core volunteers and include:
    • Triaging patients
    • Obtaining health histories
    • Assisting in dental clinic
    • Assisting in other clinic areas

Additional Information on Travel and Expenses

Students are responsible for their expenses. Costs will include transportation and lodging with some meals provided. One independent study credit is required that will allow UB School of Nursing to provide insurance and supervision. You may be able to use financial aid to assist in covering your expenses; please see your financial aid advisor for assistance.

Lodging:

Hotel lists will be provided. Some hotels provide discounted lodging. Generally students will be expected to share four to reduce costs. Volunteers will be notified of hotel options after registration. 

Transportation:

Students are responsible for their own transportation, and should plan together how they will travel. SON will help to coordinate travel with the Dental School.

  • Fly
    • Average cost: $400-$500
    • Would need to rent a car
  • Drive
    • Carpool
    • Approximately 600 miles (9-10 hour drive)  

Estimated Expenses:

  • Meals - $20-$40/travel day. Some meals provided.
  • Hotel - $89-$99+tax/fees (four students per room).
  • Transportation - Costs vary by mode of travel (i.e., car pooling, rental car expenses, and/or flights).

After returning from the trip, you will receive $250 in your UB student account to help reimburse some of the expenses.      

To apply, submit your updated resume to Jana L. Blaha at  jblaha@buffalo.edu by 3:00 p.m. January 9, 2017. 

AFTER you have registered with our office, you will register as a volunteer on the Remote Area Medical USA website.

Rural Health Initiative Program in the Adirondacks

The Rural Health Initiative Program (RHIP) provides health professions students the opportunity to immerse themselves for five days in a rural community, learning about the healthcare delivery system and the comprehensive context within which it exists. Students have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the operations of a critical access hospital and other health care organizations. Students will:

  • Shadow providers at the hospital and within the community.
  • Explore and identify issues of public health, including healthcare access, in the community.
  • Understand and describe the economic and role/partnership context of the hospital and providers within the community.
  • Understand and evaluate the general culture and characteristics of a rural community in northern New York.  

Costs: Students are expected to cover transportation, housing and any meals not provided by the program, but the community may assist with expenses to reduce the costs. 

More information regarding dates and locations will be posted as it becomes available.    

Other Rural Experiences

Rural hospitals: Graduate and undergraduate student experiences in Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw, N.Y., or other rural hospitals may be facilitated through the Western New York (WNY) Rural Area Health Education Center (AHEC) or New York State (NYS) AHEC. Housing is available in some locations.  Summer and/or senior immersion experiences may be available. 

Migrant health: WNY has several migrant health clinics with placement opportunities.

Other Urban Experiences

Experiences include but are not limited to:

  • Refugee health (resettlement agencies in Buffalo, Hope Refugee Center, Priscilla Project)
  • Homeless and underserved (Soup Kitchen, Buffalo City Mission)
  • Environmental health
  • Developmental disabilities (People INC, Elmwood Health Center)
  • Experiences with specific populations (Lakeshore or Buffalo Psychiatric, Oncology, HIV).

Questions?

For more information on any of our multicultural experiences, contact:

Cynthia Stuhlmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor

cstuhlmi@buffalo.edu

716-829-2210

 

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