School of Nursing group delivers health care to rural Honduras

So, how did you spend your summer vacation?

UMKC School of Nursing - Honduras 2012While most of us were taking advantage of some much-needed summer downtime — puttering in the garden or lazing at the lake — a stalwart group from the UMKC School of Nursing packed their bags and headed south. Not to bask on the beaches of Florida or Acapulco, though; they headed a bit farther south to pursue a more academic and philanthropic mission.

Each summer since 2004, Thad Wilson, associate professor and associate dean of the School of Nursing, has led a group to the Central American country of Honduras.  For two weeks, they team up with local health care workers in both rural and urban settings to provide care to some of the country’s most needy and neglected citizens.

In the past, the UMKC group consisted of clinical faculty and students from the schools of nursing and pharmacy. For the first time, however, this year’s group included two administrative staff members from the nursing school — Keyna Chertoff, Research Associate, and Emily VanArsdale, Academic Advisor and Executive Assistant to the Deans.

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