News, Events and GHP

Global Health Perspectives LogoGlobal Health Perspective (GHP) is a cross-cultural, inclusive outreach program for undergraduate students that is focused on student development in global health settings in Denver and around the world.

GHP combines classroom training with in-field service-learning internships and is integrated throughout the Denver College of Nursing curriculum path. Students are invited to participate in GHP from their first quarter of enrollment, through their coursework and even as DCN alumni.

Student membership in GHP requires attendance at global development symposiums on and off campus and service learning volunteer hours each quarter at many nonprofit organizations in the Denver metro area. After successful completion of GHP membership for a minimum of two quarters and completion of Advanced Medical/Surgical nursing courses, students are eligible to apply for a GHP Service Learning Internship.

DCN faculty members mentor and precept GHP students in both domestic and international internship locations. Upon successful completion of GHP internships students earn clinical credit for their work and, most importantly, gain the tools and experiences to broaden their perspectives in global health care.

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Five Denver College of Nursing (DCN) students, members of the nursing college’s Global Health Perspectives (GHP) program, accompanied by a DCN faculty member, teamed up for the first time with the nonprofit International Medical Relief (IMR) on the island of Leyte in the Philippines to provide medical services to underserved patients.

“DCN’s GHP team worked with IMR to set up clinics in multiple villages surrounding the town of Palompon. Each clinic provided free services for hundreds of patients per day with multiple stations that included triage, well care, provider care, nutrition and rehydration, basic hygiene and sanitation and, most importantly, community health education. Throughout the week-long clinics, DCN’s students and faculty helped care for patients in villages ravaged by Typhoon Yolanda in 2013 and Typhoon Ruby in 2014,” explained Dr. Diana Kostrzewski, DCN Dean of Nursing Education (www.denvercollegeofnursing.edu).

DCN students served over 250 hours in their week-long healthcare internship. They presented classes on hand washing, infectious disease prevention and treatment, wound care, water treatment methods, rehydration and oral care.

“Our students’ hard work, enthusiasm, professional care and instruction made a difference in the small Filipino communities on Leyte,” noted Julie Lohre, the nurse practitioner and DCN adjunct clinical instructor who provided educational oversight for the GHP internship to the Philippines. “They triaged sick and well patients, did independent well care assessments in consultation with RNs, staffed the lab while performing urine, pregnancy and glucose screening tests, administered anti-parasitic medications to children, shadowed providers in sick care and learned how pharmacists dispense medication in the global health setting.”

Accompanied by Julie Lohre, the student Global Health Perspectives team included: Adam Diesi, Paul Gallaher, Nicole Lorentz, Christ Nguyen and Amber Spence.

IMR treats underserved patients with dramatic and often life saving results by providing medical services, medicines, supplies, training and education to remote communities throughout the world. Medical missions begin with team members’ introduction to community leaders and members, and move through pre-arranged logistics to community hospitals, clinics, and health posts. At these locations, team members provide a wide range of overseas medical care to meet local needs.

DCN will launch its second GHP healthcare trip with IMR on March 20, this time serving in northern India.

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