Madonna Students Take Health Education to the Philippines

August 31, 2016

LIVONIA, Mich. – A group of Madonna University students put their classroom studies into action earlier this year when they brought health education programs to the Philippines.

As part of their clinical program, eight nursing upperclassmen and their instructors visited the southern part of the Philippines to teach health promotion and disease prevention educational activities. Information on healthy eating habits, proper tooth brushing, use of safe water, hand washing techniques, blood glucose, and more was shared with residents in an effort to promote a healthy community. Students also cooked a nutritious meal for about 32 village families.

Pat DeGuia, assistant nursing and health professor, said the students “exemplified the Franciscan values” of Madonna University, which include respect for the dignity of each person and education for truth and service. “Each nursing student did an amazing job being a genuinely concerned healthcare giver, a friend, a mentor, and a role model to the Gawad Kalinga residents,” she said.

Joining the nursing students and faculty on the trip were a graduate student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program, as well as an alumnus of the broadcast and cinema arts program and a current communication studies student who produced a touching documentary about the visit.

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