The SON students have provided a variety of service learning projects to the women and their children at Sheffield over the period of time our faculty have been a voluntary member of the Board of Directors since December 2005.
Graduate nursing students in the Health Promotion class have assisted in Project HOPE, working with children’s groups addressing healthy living. The students have presented age appropriate activities on topics such as exercise, hygiene, eating disorders, function of body organs, germs, and first aid.
For the mother’s group, graduate students have presented learning activities on hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases and prevention, self breast exams and prevention of the H1N1 flu.
Project Me was a 12 week group activity with the mothers that included health assessments, baseline measurement of height, weight, calculating BMI and blood pressure prior to starting the program. The Project Me program assisted the women to set individual health goals. Sessions evaluated their risks for diabetes, hypertension and other chronic illness related to being overweight and lack of exercise. Healthy eating sessions included discussions on portion control, beginning an exercise program using basic equipment and walking, setting and reaching individual health goals and others.
BSN-C students have assisted in the review and development of policy and procedures for Sheffield Place. One group completed a community assessment which assisted in the development of a facility based health clinic for the families that reside there. Grants supported the construction of a clinic exam room. After partnering with the Samuel Rogers Clinic, the primary care clinic for the women and their children living at Sheffield Place opened onsite, October, 2010.