In January 2017, Dr. Fay Mitchell-Brown led ten nursing students on a service project to Oaxaca, Mexico.
Oaxaca is located in the Sierra Madre Mountains andcoastal region has 16 major tribes of indigenous people with approximately 155 dialects. Life in rural Oaxaca is dominated by poverty, idolatry, witchcraft and unmet health care needs. The nursing students provided health care to mainstream and indigenous Mexicans at the Corban Clinic in the small fishing village of Cacalote. The group was also fortunate to provide health care in three villages in the Sierra Madre mountain regions.
This project provided several opportunities for the group some of which are : (1) gain hands on health care service, (2) provide community health education, and, (3) donate financially for the purchase of medicines and medical supplies for the impoverished, and (4) cultural immersion.
In addition to the adventure of travelling to another country, students found the experience beneficial because they developed a better understanding of the myriad global health care issues that affect the population and how these issues expand beyond borders and affect us locally.