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CCC Nursing Students to Participate in Medical Brigade to Honduras

Monday, February 11, 2019

Clinton Community College President, Ray M. DiPasquale, is proud to announce the participation of CCC Nursing students in a volunteer medical service “brigade” to Honduras. 12 current CCC Nursing students, along with CCC Associate Professor of Nursing, Cathy Mitchell, and several CCC Nursing Alumni who are RN’s, will travel to Honduras in March as part of a Global Brigades medical team.

Global Brigades is a student-based organization working in several countries around the world to improve the health of the population through sustainable efforts. Colleges/Universities from all over send students of various disciplines to facilitate the work being done in communities. These include medical, dental, public health and engineering students, among others.

In March, Clinton Nursing students will go to Honduras for 9 days as part of Global Medical Brigades. They will team up with other students and medical professionals, to work alongside local communities and staff to help implement sustainable health systems, such as mobile medical clinics or holding preventative health workshops. Global Medical Brigades work in remote, rural, and under resourced communities in Honduras, Panama, Nicaragua and Ghana who would otherwise have limited to no access to health care.

This will be the third year that Cathy Mitchell has volunteered with Global Brigades, having first participated to fulfill a personal passion, as well as to investigate the potential for CCC Nursing students to get involved. The group she first traveled with was NYVT Nurses Unite, based out of Ticonderoga (NY) and Rutland (VT), and which included nursing students from Castleton State College and North Country Community College.

Last year, Mitchell recruited 5 CCC Nursing students and a number of alumni who were working as RNs to join a brigade. This March, 12 CCC Nursing students will participate, as well as several returning "Brigaders" from last year’s group.

“It's exciting to be a part of a Global Health Initiative and to watch my CCC Nursing students experience such a magnificent display of humanity,” Mitchell states.

“We are so proud of these remarkable students for their volunteer service,” adds President DiPasquale. “And we are so appreciative of Cathy for spearheading this project. Experiences such as these are unparalleled – our students are truly lucky to have this opportunity.”