On February 3, 2011, Russell Porter, the Coordinator of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) Haiti Task Team captivated and engaged the attendees of the Duke University School of Nursing’s Fourth Annual Global Health Lecture, sponsored by the Duke University School of Nursing Office of Global and Community Health Initiatives, Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University Office of the Provost, and Duke University Health System Clinical Education and Professional Development.
News from OGACHI
The federally-funded Making a Difference in Nursing II (MADIN II) Program hosted a visit from its consultants January 19-21, 2011. MADIN II is a HRSA Workforce Diversity grant with the goal of increasing the participation of high achieving/high potential underrepresented minorities (URMs) in nursing education at Duke University School of Nursing. The ultimate outcome of the project is to produce nursing leaders from URMs in nursing prepared at the PhD or DNP levels.
On January 19, 2012, Barbara Nichols, former chief executive officer of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) International, will give the Fifth Annual Global Health Lecture on "Perspectives on Globalization and Health Policy" from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Duke University School of Nursing Auditorium.
This summer, Duke University School of Nursing student Rhiann Maiden spent four weeks immersed in the health care and culture of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. As a part of the Master of Science in Nursing degree program, Rhiann traveled to Saint Vincent to gain valuable cultural and hands-on experience that would enhance her specialization as a family practice Nurse Practitioner (NP). Before leaving, Rhiann listed several objectives for her experience.
Sunday, May 16, 2010 was graduation day at Duke University and the School of Nursing graduated nearly 300 students with Bachelor, Masters, Post Masters, and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees. Several things struck me as I sat through the ceremony and listened to the speakers, descriptions of the various accomplishments and awards presented to students.
The Office of Global and Community Health Initiatives (OGACHI) began its mission to address health disparities locally and abroad six years ago and since that time has experienced steady recognition and growth. However, during the 2011-2012 academic years, the pace of growth seems to be reaching new heights with OGACHI reaping the benefits of seeds planted several years ago. Evidence of this acceleration is shown in our latest intention to work in Rwanda.
On October 13, 2012, close to 100 Duke University School of Nursing students served as escorts to the homeless population and provided needed medical assistance to members of the Durham community at the 5th Annual Project Homeless Connect. Held at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Project Homeless Connect (PHC) is a one day, one stop opportunity for underprivileged or homeless community members to receive services such as medical screenings, dental care, legal counseling, employment advice and opportunities, housing services, as well as hygiene services and a hot meal - all free of charge.
On January 19, 2012, Barbara Nichols, former chief executive officer of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) International, gave the Fifth Annual Global Health Lecture on "Perspectives on Globalization and Health Policy" from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Duke University School of Nursing Auditorium. A record attendance of more than 250 faculty, staff, students, nurse professionals and members of the community attended the lecture, filling the auditorium and an overflow lecture hall to capacity.