2015 Global Health Practicums
We want to thank The Ohio State University team for their involvement with our May Global Health Practicum. As part of the three week practicum, OSU students participated in two weeks of intensive global health coursework, covering topics like health intervention approaches and community based participatory research. OSU students also traveled to the rural community of El Bambú in their second week. The students and AMOS staff worked alongside the health promoter and health committee to supervise 39 water filters and conduct health stations to screen for malnutrition and anemia in children under 5 years of age.

We are so grateful for the time we got to spend with these OSU students! Both staff and students learned and grew together and we are looking forward to the continued partnership with OSU in the years to come.

This summer, we had the privilege of hosting yet another group of students interested in how global health is implemented in a community-based way during our Global Health Practicum course and internships. Thirteen participants spent a total of nine weeks in Nicaragua. The first three weeks, participants spent time in Managua studying global health and CBPR theories and visiting the community of La Consulta to see how these theories are put into action. During the following six weeks, they worked alongside community leaders in 3 rural communities to gain hands-on practice in the public health field and greatly contributed to the work we are doing with our local communities. Participants are required during the practicum to develop personal projects under an AMOS mentor that helps enhance our on-going health programs.

Interns developed personal projects in one of the following existing AMOS programs:
- Women’s Empowerment in Nutrition
- Clean Water and Community Health Workers
- Youth Empowerment

Participants felt that the best part of the whole experience was building relationships with the people in the communities, the other students, and the AMOS team. They felt they worked hard, and that their work truly contributed to the goals of AMOS. They felt their work and opinions were valued, and empowered by the responsibility we gave them.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Global Health Practicum! We enjoyed getting to know each and every one of you.
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