2013 Student Research Conference:
26th Annual Student Research Conference

Serving the Needs of a Spanish-Speaking Community: An Analysis of an Interdisciplinary Service-Learning Experience
Brooke N. Luebbering* and Sarah E. Ehlman
Prof. Pamela Melvin , Faculty Mentor

This project examines students' perceptions of the value of an interdisciplinary service-learning project providing Spanish-English translation for Hispanic families in a rural community. Students from the Nursing and Spanish majors initiated this collaborative project focusing on the clients attending the Sullivan County Health Departments WIC (Women, Infants, & Children) Clinic, which serves a uniquely high percentage of Spanish-speaking clients. As a result of this experience and through collaboration and sharing of knowledge, the students were able to gain a deeper understanding of the needs of those who do not speak English in our community. This presentation will highlight how the project benefited the community and provided Truman students real life experience in their individual areas of study. Through the reflection process, ideas for future improvement were formulated and will be shared. This presentation will be beneficial to those looking to participate in this program or wanting to start similar projects.

Keywords: Service-Learning, Interdisciplinary, Nursing, Spanish, community, public health, healthcare, rural

Topic(s):Interdisciplinary
Nursing
Spanish

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 108-4
Location: VH 1324
Time: 8:45

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