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  • Title: Interprofessional Student Learning: Perspectives Gained from Outreach in Underserved Communities in the Amazon Region of Peru
  • Author(s): Catrina Schwartz, Sandy Carollo, Laura Hahn, Debbie Brinker, Crystal Lederhos Smith
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Health, Wellness & Society
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society
  • Keywords: Interprofessional, Population Health, Health and Wellness
  • Volume: 9
  • Issue: 3
  • Year: 2019
  • ISSN: 2156-8960 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2156-9053 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2156-8960/CGP/v09i03/49-61
  • Citation: Schwartz, Catrina , Sandy Carollo, Laura Hahn, Debbie Brinker, and Crystal Lederhos Smith. 2019. "Interprofessional Student Learning: Perspectives Gained from Outreach in Underserved Communities in the Amazon Region of Peru." The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society 9 (3): 49-61. doi:10.18848/2156-8960/CGP/v09i03/49-61.
  • Extent: 13 pages

Abstract

Identifying and incorporating global health competencies to outreach experiences abroad are important to support global health principles. University-based global health courses have expanded significantly yet standardized global health curricula competencies have trailed behind. While elements including cultural competency, global citizenship, social and environmental determinants of health, health literacy, and social justice may be represented, achievement of core standard outcomes varies from program to program. In 2015, The Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) subcommittee addressed the need for global health curricula competencies by outlining key categories and outcomes. This article describes how a long-term outreach program in Peru was evaluated using the CUGH's framework with the goal of enhancing future experiences to support global health competencies. Outreach data were evaluated to assist with identification of potential areas of intervention to support further achievement of global health competencies. This article speaks to the importance of an iterative process of ongoing quality improvement for global healthcare outreach, with attention to bi-directional partnership, cross-cultural awareness, humility, local capacity building, and awareness of local priorities and community approaches.