Southern Rhode Island Area Health Education Center (sriAHEC)

URI College of Nursing, White Hall, 39 Butterfield Road, Kingston, RI 02881


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Dr. Michael Fine, former director of the Rhode Island Department of Health; Henrietta Holder, community leader; Laywell Tetoe, alumna, College of Nursing, URI; Elaine Parker-Williams, DNP student, College of Nursing, URI working on an outreach campaign to prevent the spread of Ebola into Rhode Island

Working in underserved communities – Summer 2014

SriAHEC funded eight students in the following exciting projects in the Summer of 2014:

  •  Three Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) students and one BSN student researched the concept of “home” among vulnerable community-dwelling older adults
  • Two Masters (Nurse Education and MSN) students worked on the “Power Up:” Entry Level Health Care Job Training & Internships at Clinica Esperanza, which allows undergrad nursing students and RN to BSN students to provide care in the low income, mostly Latino Olneyville community
  • One Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) student in collaboration with the RI Department of Health created outreach materials and a telephone campaign to alert friends and family in Liberia about preventing the spread of the deadly Ebola virus into Rhode Island
  • One Health Studies undergrad with Play Corps (a collaboration between Providence Parks & Recreation, Healthy Communities and the Children’s Museum) provided healthy play and nutritious meals to low-income children in an inner city park in Providence
Students sitting at a table conducting an interview at Clinica Esperanza

Students engage in internships at Clinica Esperanza in Providence

Following the completion of their internships, students report on what they learned and accomplished during National Primary Healthcare Week at the Brown Medical School.


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