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OGACHI Local Student Initiatives

RAISING HEALTH, RAISING HOPE (Rh2) is our goal and an approach to working with vulnerable populations in Durham as part of Community Health Nursing clinical experiences for ABSN students. Rh2 frames year round community-based initiatives and focuses on health promotion education for vulnerable populations in Durham, NC. Currently, monthly health promotion programs based on identified needs of the homeless families are provided at Genesis Home, a non-profit residential family shelter, the faith-based non-profit, Durham Rescue Mission for homeless men, women and children; and schools in high-risk communities and/or serving high risk populations. Rh2 was extended to CAARE, Inc., a community-based clinic which provides supportive services for individuals living with HIV/AIDS and their affected families. Schools include Eastway and Y. E. Smith Elementary, which serve children and families who are predominantly African American and Hispanic and living in the high-risk, impoverished community of Northeast Central Durham.


  • Organizes students in collaborative teams within communities
  • Applies public health and community engagement principles
  • Assesses, plans, implements and evaluates activities to address community needs
  • Delivers health promotion activities for vulnerable populations

Students are required to complete selected modules associated with N231 Community Health Nursing prior to the start of the experience. The N231 clinical experience extends over a twelve month period.

Throughout the year, DUSON students engage in other community initiatives in Durham, including the Annual Project Homeless Connect, a one-day, one-stop, on-site center designed to link homeless people with needed services and to reduce major barriers that prevent people from becoming stably housed; and “Nuestra Fiesta de la Salud”, a Hispanic health fair.