MILAGRO – Migration Leading to Action & Growth:
In the Fall of 2018, we witnessed an increase in people seeking asylum at the United States- México border, with an increase in need for humanitarian response and relief to assist asylum seekers. Our southern Arizona border was not exempt from this. From this needed response a collaboration between faculty and staff from the University of Arizona Health Sciences (Public Health, Pharmacy, Nursing and Medicine), Arizona State University School of Social Work, Casa Alitas Migrant Shelter and SEAHEC formed with the goal of providing students an opportunity to participate in action oriented interdisciplinary service-learning. The MILAGRO course gives students first hand experiences of what this humanitarian crisis looked like as well as exposes them to root causes of migration, im/migration policies, the specific health needs of this population and the opportunity to participate in collaborative response to address migrant humanitarian needs in Southern Arizona and Northern Mexico.
For more on migrant health project descriptions, see Community Initiatives page.
BISLE: Binational Interprofessional Service Learning Experience:
BISLE trains students to provide care as part of an integrated team where they have the skills to work together, not just alongside others. It also includes training students to look at community or population health issues in a collaborative fashion. Objectives of the course included: increase understanding and gain skills in binational and interprofessional collaboration; increase awareness of unique strengths and challenges in addressing health and wellness; and gain skills in collaborating within a framework of community engagement within the context of the US Mexico border region.
JTED High School based Career & Technical Service Learning for Health Careers
This new initiative of Pima County JTED Program and SEAHEC offers high school students the opportunity to learn about the vast array of health careers available while participating in “hands on” experiential learning with locally based and designed community service projects.