University of New England Strengthens Partnership in Ghana With Hands-On Outreach and Research and Education Symposium

University of New England Strengthens Partnership in Ghana With Hands-On Outreach and Research and Education Symposium











UNE Doctor of Physical Therapy student Megan Wyand checks the weight of donated medical supplies bound for Ghana


Biddeford and Portland, ME (PRWEB) July 29, 2011

The Ghana Health Partnership (GHP) was established as a formal program in spring 2010 to improve the health of the people of western Ghana through development and implementation of collaborative research, education and training programs with local and international partners. Its partners include the University of New England, University of Cape Coast (UCC), Ghana Health Service (GHS), Ghana Health Mission, Inc. (GHM) and the Institute for Public Health and Water Research (IPWR).

The partnership grew out of a long-established health outreach program between UNE’s Westbrook College of Health Professions and the U.S.-based Ghana Health Mission, Inc. Close to 100 students and faculty from across all UNE Colleges have participated in five exchanges since 2008, providing direct care services, community health education and other unique programs in urban and rural communities in the Sekondi/Takoradi regions of western Ghana.

The UNE Center for Community and Public Health (CCPH), which conducts research, demonstration and planning studies throughout the U.S. and abroad, houses the partnership at UNE. The partnership through CCPH submitted three research grants over the past year—one on chronic disease and two on maternal and child health-system strengthening.

The 21 UNE students and faculty participating this summer comprise an interprofessional group of physicians, physician assistants (PA), pharmacists, nurses, physical therapists and dental hygienists, as well as undergraduate medical biology majors. Also joining the group is UNE alum Kathleen Keller, PA-C, a 2009 PA graduate who says, “I had the extreme honor of going to Ghana as a PA student, and it continues to shape my daily practice. I am very much looking forward to going again. I found the experience quite humbling and full of valuable learning experiences.”

The Ghana Health Service Western Region Director, Dr. Linda Vanotoo, as well as three GHM nurses, a dentist and an ophthalmologist, will join the team in August. Cataracts, river blindness and trachoma are common eye conditions in the region.

UNE volunteers have gathered 225 pounds of medical supplies donated by Portland-based Partners for World Health, which the team will use and distribute at the health mission in Sekondi.

In November 2010, leaders from the University of Cape Coast and Ghana Health Partnership traveled to Portland, Maine to participate in Ghana Health Week, a week of informative meetings, presentations, and faculty/student exchanges, combined with cultural events such as African drumming and dancing. On August 10-11, they are collaborating once again for an academic symposium, but this year will gather in Ghana at the University of Cape Coast’s oceanfront campus.

The 2011 symposium will focus on research and educational strategies that advance the work of the partnership, and the plenary session is entitled, “Excellence in Higher Education Across Borders.” Additional topics include:


    Sustainability of Chronic Disease Practice Innovations in Low Resource Communities
    Models of Change for Improving Maternal and Child Health in Rural Communities
    Water and Sanitation – Advancing Water Research That Impacts Health Status
    Sharing Evidence-Based Strategies for the Care of Rheumatologic Disorders
    Problem-based, Case-based Learning Teaching Methodologies – Lessons Learned and Shared from the University of Cape Coast
    Simulation Strategies to Introduce, Model and Educate Complex Health Situations
    Collaborative Strategies for Teaching, Implementing and Sustaining Cultural Understanding Within a Cross-Cultural Partnership
    Student Presentation on the Ghana Health Mission

About University of New England

The University of New England is a top-ranked independent university with two distinctive campuses located in the coastal communities of Biddeford and Portland, Maine. Named one of the best regional universities in America by US News & Report, UNE is a leader in health sciences education, biomedical research, and the liberal arts, offering student-centered, interdisciplinary programs in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, Westbrook College of Health Professions, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Pharmacy, and College of Graduate Studies. UNE is the leading provider of health care professionals in Maine; it offers more than 40 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs and has internationally recognized scholars in the liberal arts, sciences, health and medicine. For more information, visit http://www.une.edu.

###





















Vocus©Copyright 1997-

, Vocus PRW Holdings, LLC.
Vocus, PRWeb, and Publicity Wire are trademarks or registered trademarks of Vocus, Inc. or Vocus PRW Holdings, LLC.







San Francisco Chiropractor, Dr. Adam Jacobs, Promotes Health and Chiropractic in the San Francisco Community through Corporate Outreach Program

San Francisco Chiropractor, Dr. Adam Jacobs, Promotes Health and Chiropractic in the San Francisco Community through Corporate Outreach Program











Dr. Jacobs giving a chiropractic health education talk


San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) August 11, 2011

As a chiropractor, Dr. Adam Jacobs is dedicated to increasing and maintaining the health of his patients and his community at large. Traditionally, he works toward this goal in his clinic, SF Custom Chiropractic, combining chiropractic, Active Release Technique and laser therapy. The clinic offers various monthly promotions allowing new patients to come into the office and see for themselves how beneficial his care can be to their health. Beyond this, Dr. Jacobs thought it would be wise to bring his knowledge and practice out into the community as well. He created a corporate outreach program, which offers on site education and/or therapeutic care.

Most recently, Dr. Adam Jacobs teamed up with Regus to bring in free chair massages for client appreciation. Dr. Jacobs and team of massage therapists came to Regus and provide some midday relaxation for their clients in their numerous office buildings throughout the Financial District. This partnership works as a way for Regus to show their clients appreciation and allows the clients to get some much needed stress relief and an introduction to SF Custom Chiropractic.

In the past, Dr. Jacobs has also used his corporate outreach program as a means for community education. Dr. Jacobs has arranged health talks at various offices, gyms, apartment complexes and clubs on topics including ergonomics, repetitive stress injuries, stress reduction, headaches and carpel tunnel syndrome. He educates on proper posture and demonstrates easy and effective stretches that anyone can incorporate into their daily routine to reduce stress and pain.

Next week, Dr. Jacobs will be giving ergonomic health talks at Jumpstart Automotive Group and Nossaman Law offices. Corporate Outreach events are easily set up by contacting SF Custom Chiropractic with a date, time and type of program. If you are interested in setting up a partnership for a corporate outreach program in your office, contact SF Custom Chiropractic at 415-788-8700.

About SF Custom Chiropractic: SF Custom Chiropractic opened in January 2011. Head treating doctor, Dr. Adam Jacobs received his doctorate of chiropractic from Palmer West College of Chiropractic (known for being the leader of sports chiropractic). He has a master’s degree and a full body and long nerve entrapment certification in Active Release Technique.

###









Attachments









































Vocus©Copyright 1997-

, Vocus PRW Holdings, LLC.
Vocus, PRWeb, and Publicity Wire are trademarks or registered trademarks of Vocus, Inc. or Vocus PRW Holdings, LLC.