NHI/GE Teams 2014-2015

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2014-2015 TEAMS

JHUSoN1 | JHU Hosp | DIAN | NHI1 | NAU | HACC | NHI2 | NHI3 | FAUNP1 | FAUNP2 | JHUSoN2

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The 2014-2015 season in Guatemala was filled with new hope and growth for outreach for our organization. Groups supported almost 4000 clinical visits as well as the construction of four buildings. Below you will find a summary of each team’s work and the ways in which it helped our focus expand. Over 100 nurses, doctors, teachers, students and friends came to Guatemala to learn and make a difference. They brought hope and found hope.

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Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing — October 2014

***The BSN students from the School of Nursing at Johns Hopkins helped install Chapina stoves in the community of Palo Blanco and did an assessment of each family’s health. This effort was born out of the dream to follow the family into the future and to document the difference these kind of initiatives can make.***

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Johns Hopkins University Hospital — October 2014

***Emily and Rita, two nurses at Johns Hopkins Hospital, rounded up some friends to help Palo Blanco build a clinic. Young adults in this community have dreams of making their community healthier. Later, in April 2015, this clinic was used for a dental jornada.***

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Supporters of NHI — Dr. Don and Sue Dian — October 2014

***Dr. Don and Sue Dian invited their friends to a reflective week about all that they have come to know about Guatemala through their 14 years of service. It was good for all of us to celebrate with them their contribution and reflect upon their experiences. The group was able to take in the great kite festival in Sumpango on All Saints Day.***

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Supporters of NHI — November 2014

***The mothers of Cruz Nueva were on a mission to build a kitchen for their school so that students would not have to be dispersed mid-morning for a break. This group of Nursing Heart friends came from all over the US to meet them and to help make their dream come true.***

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Northern Arizona University School of Nursing — December 2014

***Representatives and students from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff returned to Santa Maria de Jesús to conduct a follow-up clinic. Having been in SMJ the previous March, they knew well the issues facing the community. This time they worked for three days and saw 500 patients. On Thursday the group held education sessions for the diabetic and hypertensive groups. The monthly clinic continues in SMJ because of the commitment to follow-up care supported by members of the team. The team concluded its time at Lake Atitlán and an impressive visit with Dr. Craig Sinkinson.***

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Harrisburg Area Community College — January 2015

***This dynamic group of young nurses from Pennsylvania and their teachers rang in the new year by opening themselves to the wonders and challenges of international nursing. They not only served in clinics but also became aware of how important it is to learn about the cultures of others.***

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Supporters of NHI — January 2015

***This was the second year that Nursing Heart members gathered to do a joint construction and clinical project. The medical team did wellness checks for LaVoSi, a school for the deaf in Jocotenango, while the construction team traveled to El Quetzal to begin a partnership on a community kitchen. The medical team also began honing a list of medications commonly needed for simple wellness checks in communities like these.***

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Supporters of NHI — January 2015

***In memory of a great Minnesota woman, Florence Becker, members of her family came to Guatemala and built this clinic in Patzocón with the community. It is one of the many small towns served by Hombres y Mujeres in Acción in the municipality of San Martín Jilotepeque.***

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Florida Atlantic University School of Nursing — February 2015

***For the third year in a row, Florida Atlantic Nurse Practitioner candidates came to Guatemala to share their expertise and learn from those here. Nursing Heart Inc sponsored their work in San Antonio Aguas Calientes and they worked side by side with Hombres y Mujeres en Acción in Candelaria, in the municipalidad of San Martín Jilotepeque.***

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Florida Atlantic University School of Nursing — February 2015

***The second group of FAU Nurse Practitioner candidates collaborated with the communities of Palo Blanco and San Mateo Milpas Altas (which is located high above the Valle de Panchoy of Antigua) to provide clinics during the week. Nursing Heart Inc was proud of the involvement of Guatemalan doctors and pharmacists. They worked once again under by Dra. Paty Baiza in the cervical cancer screening clinic. In the general medical clinic, the group helped welcome Dr. Luis Roca to the team.***

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Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing — March 2015

***BSN students from Johns Hopkins School of Nursing came to Guatemala during their Spring Break to experience firsthand what clinical nursing is like in Guatemala. In every clinical experience this group entered in and met the challenges before them. They conducted wellness checks at the primary school in San Bartolo in the municipality of San Martín Jilotepeque. They were assisted by Dr. Donald Dian, a retired pediatrician and Dra. Gabby Hernandez, part of the staff of Hombres y Mujeres en Acción. They also served in the clinic of Dr. Craig Sinkinson in Santa Cruz La Laguna.***

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