Rural Health Service Learning Institute

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RHSLI Students Stephanie Hubert and Soni Stake test translation equipment.

About the Institutes

The Rural Health Professions Program (RHPP) offers four, week-long field-based service learning courses that focus on rural, border, and underserved populations.

Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. Students and faculty are immersed in the community, participating in service learning activities in partnership with community organizations.

In 2009, rural service learning courses were held in Northern Arizona, Nogales, and Globe, Arizona. Several of these learning experiences culminated in three student-facilitated community health forums. These forums allowed community members to raise their concerns about health and other issues in an environment welcoming to all ideas.

2009 Forum Report: Voices From Our Rural Border and Communities