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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Seven Denver College of Nursing (DCN) students and two DCN faculty members provided six days of healthcare in Cambodia, caring for over 1,500 patients in six community acute care clinics, said Marguerite Distel, RN, DCN assistant professor and academic coordinator for DCN’s Global Health Perspectives (GHP) program. 

In DCN’s first-ever healthcare trip to Cambodia, the student and faculty team partnered with the Loveland, CO-based nonprofit International Medical Relief (IMR), which works with universities across the country to help medical students participate in medical mission trips. 

“Each day, at each clinic, an orderly line would form of people seeking care and help,” Distel said. “Our team would work quickly to treat as many people as possible each day. We were able to see first-hand the difficulties in providing healthcare to rural locations across the globe. For one clinic, the team had to abandon their bus and load their clinic supplies and over 30 people onto the back of a farm truck to make it to the clinic. The roads were impassable due to the rainy season.” 

DCN students Leah Boisseaux, Kelsey DeShazo, Kayla Jenulis, Stephanie Massaro, Hannah Plath, Whitney Roth and Jean Sederberg were accompanied by Distel and Barbara Calo, RN. Four clinics were held in rural locations and two were in the city of Phnom Penh. 

“We focused on the common conditions of headaches, abdominal and joint pain, dehydration and respiratory disorders,” Distel explained. “We performed health screenings, wound care and referrals to local healthcare providers, including local physicians, dentists and pharmacy staff who were members of the team. Additionally, we provided a community education seminar to 60 community leaders on topics ranging from basic hygiene and prevention of diarrhea to respiratory and mosquito-borne illnesses.” 

Denver College of Nursing’s GHP program combines classroom training with in-field service-learning internships. The college partners with in-country nonprofits to make the best use of the healthcare infrastructure that exists in that country to allow for continued care of patients.

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