Community and Family Health Nursing Practicum
Fall Global Seminar (Travel in December)
Located in the Southeast Asia region of the western Pacific Ocean, the Philippines is made up of an archipelago of more than 7,000 islands. To its north is Taiwan, to the west is Vietnam, to the southeast lies Borneo, and to its south lies Indonesia. Today, it is home to 92 million people and more than 90% of those people claim Christianity as their religion.
The Philippines Community Health Global Seminar is designed for nursing students who want to learn about the challenges and realities of living in poverty and the role of community development programs in alleviating poverty. Students will have the opportunity to participate with Kids International Ministries (KIM) in their feeding programs, family and community service projects, school programs, prenatal clinic, and interact with the children in an orphanage.
Research shows that poverty in the form of homelessness and lack of nutrition has a profound effect on young children’s health, growth, and development. This impact extends into prenatal development. Children living in poverty are sick more often, have more trouble learning, and are not as often exposed to stimulating social environments. They are more likely to not attend school and family relationships are often stressful. Children who grow up in poverty are more likely to repeat the poverty cycle so that their children, too, grow up in poverty.
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