Over the years we've worked with partners from a number of different disciplines, organizations, universities, government groups and faith-based institutions. Without a doubt, everyone one of our collaborations has benefited our work - both directly and indirectly.
The indirect impact is mind boggling. Consider the relationship Health Bridges has with Linfield College School of Nursing. What started as a guest lecture at the college by Wayne Centrone, has grown into a longitudinal research study on the impact of service learning in the career choices of RNs, a collaborative J-Term service learning trip (now in its 5th year), an RN-to-BSN student placement program in Perú, a 6-month sabbatical placement for Linfield professor, Dr. Kimberly Kintz at Universidad Catholica Santa Maria (UCSM) in Arequipa, Perú, and a service learning trip for nursing students from Perú to visit Linfield College and work with nursing colleagues in Portland, Oregon.
Honestly, it would be great if that was the only impact of our collaboration. It's not. Of the many students who have traveled to Perú and worked with HBI - a number have now gone on to initiate their own projects in their local communities. In Perú, the students who've participated in the collaborative service learning projects have started their own club that focuses on building greater connections with underserved communities in Arequipa. Through a conference presentation we did with our colleagues from Linfield, HBI now has a partnership to teach an online global health course for American College of Education School of Nursing.
All these connections, they started because of committed change agents. We are so thankful for the many people and partners that make the work of HBI possible. We are thankful for the many change agents that partner with Health Bridges and make the world a better place.
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