UMass Dartmouth nursing students travel to Azores and Haiti over Spring Break for experiential learning opportunities in Community Health

23 students from 21 Massachusetts communities traveling to the University of the Azores and Port au Prince, Haiti to assess health needs of deportees and new mothers

UMass Dartmouth nursing students over Spring Break will travel to the Azores and Haiti as part of the University's College of Nursing Community Health Nursing Course.

Assistant Professor Maryellen Brisbois and eight students will travel to the University of the Azores as part of the inaugural nursing exchange titled "Bridging the Atlantic." In August, UMass Dartmouth and the University of the Azores announced the new partnership that created a sustainable international alliance in community health among American and Azorean nursing students and faculty through a generous $100,000 pledge by the DeMello Charitable Foundation. The group of nursing students will assess the health needs of deportees from both countries. Azorean students and two faculty members will travel to UMass Dartmouth from April 10-17.

The eight junior students traveling to the Azores include:

Morgan Costa of Westport, MA
Dana Foley of Mansfield, MA
Joseph Ialuna of Stoughton, MA
Allison Ladue of Bridgewater, MA
Giselle Lima of New Bedford, MA
Shaylyn McCretton of North Attleboro, MA
Ashley Pimenta of Dartmouth, MA
Timothy Waithe of Framingham, MA

Professor Paula Walsh and 15 UMass Dartmouth students will travel to Haiti for a sixth time for the experiential learning portion of the Community Health Nursing course. They will be teaching breastfeeding techniques, providing information about sexually transmitted diseases, and creating informational materials and posters for the new maternity suite at the Partners in Development clinic in Port au Prince, Haiti.

Students traveling to Haiti include:

Beth Almeida, RN-BSN, of North Dighton, MA
India Bowman, Junior, of Fall River, MA
Ryan Carey, Senior, of Somerset, MA
Gabriel Colonies, Junior, of Sutton, MA
Gabriela Chaves, Junior, of Medway, MA
Traci Cregan, RN-BSN, of New Bedford, MA
Shereen Cruz, Junior, of East Longmeadow, MA
Westley Drabble, Junior, of Westport, MA
Carina Filosa, Junior, of Milford, MA
Breanne Hamlet, Junior, of Upton, MA
Colleen Kane, Junior, of Arlington, MA
Kaylee Parsons, Junior, of Billerica, MA
Katie Pelland, Senior, of East Freetown, MA
Bethany Phillips, Junior, of Rowley, MA
Jillian Wry, Senior, of Norton, MA

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