UA BLAISER Students Join “Fight the Bite” Campaign

A new program at the University of Arizona has provided SEAHEC another opportunity to help prepare health professions students for real world practice. This summer, SEAHEC hosted 19 students from Border Latino & American Indian Summer Exposure to Research (BLAISER.) The students joined the efforts of our Future Health Leaders and the FRONTERA group that worked with us in stemming the tide of mosquito born illness. SEAHEC has been working with the Arizona Department of Health Services and other partners to stop the spread of illnesses like Zika and Dengue through a community education campaign known as “Fight the Bite.” Students visited both Nogales Arizona, and Nogales Mexico to spread the word and conduct a survey about the prevalence of mosquito borne illnesses. SEAHEC, working with FRONTERA and BLAISER students collected over 200 surveys from community members. Learning objectives for the BLAISER  students included Gain exposure to rural border community life in both US and Mexico Compare and contrast built environments and their impact on health Learn about priority health issues that impact our border Practice health education & outreach strategies in both US and Mexican settings Reflect on similarities and differences between  the role of health workers in U.S. and Mexico Upon… Continue reading