UCF nursing students reach out to Apopka Farmworkers

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Over 180 helped at two-day free health clinicThe farmworkers of Apopka and the Highland Manor have a lot in common. Both are part of the rich history of this community, both have endured many changes to their way of life, and both can expect many changes in the future. However the Highland Manor is a building, and the Apopka farmworkers are made up of people, families and members of the Apopka community.Most of them live in poverty. Some live in households with multiple generations of family members. Most do not have cars and rely on public transportation or rides from friends to go to work or just get to through the day-to-day chores of life. Many of them live their lives in the shadows of society, going from job-to-job. If there are issues at their workplace, they are unlikely to complain or report them. They will often work through sickness, illness or disease rather than seek adequate healthcare.Dr. Heather Peralta and her nursing students at the UCF College of Community Nursing Coalition (CNC) saw this need and took action.Students and Faculty from the UCF Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Social Workers as well as the UF College of Pharmacy provided an outreach clinic at the Farmworkers Association Building in Apopka. In just two days, this team of 60 volunteers saw over 180 patients of all ages, and provided care in internal medicine, dermatology, ophthalmology, ob/gyn, occupational health, pediatrics, social work and physical therapy.Dr. Heather Peralta (center): “We created a bond with the people of Apopka.”They endured the stifling afternoon heat both indoors and outdoors, working on interdisciplinary teams to make sure all the patients were seen and their questions answered. Students worked to check patients in, to provide education, triage, and then in each of their specialty areas. When it was over, they felt as though they were a part of this community.“We have created a real bond with the people in Apopka,” said Peralta. “We knew there was a huge need to fill, we just had no idea how big that need was until this week. As a nurse, you have a responsibility to serve the community. Sometimes that means you get family calling you to ask about a rash, other times it’s helping your neighbor who has multiple medications to understand.  At UCF, we give the students the ability to go beyond this and really fill a need within their assigned community.”Before this clinic, the CNC partnered with Apopka for many years to serve the under-served at the John Bridges Center. During that time, they noticed that many of the most needy groups had programs that were losing funding and could no longer serve their community. The students wanted to fill in the gaps where possible.And in April, an opportunity presented itself.The CNC’s yearly mission trip to the Dominican Republic was canceled due to the potential danger from the Zika virus outbreak.  Because of this, they decided to create a free health clinic for the farmworkers in Apopka.The student nurses hit the ground running in May, looking for donors for things like water, food, ice, and supplies. The Apopka community also pitched in to help. Wal Mart, Sam’s, Bravo, Winn Dixie, Aldi, and Home Depot provided gift cards in order to purchase specific supplies. Bravo, Publix, Winn-Dixie, and private donors offered cases of water. Sonny’s, Chili’s, Mi Mexico, and Chick-fil-a supplied the food for the event. The Diaper Bank of Central Florida provided diapers. The College of Nursing and College of Medicine supplied patient education, medical supplies, and give away items.The students also made flyers in English, Spanish, and Creole and delivered them across Apopka (in one day they delivered 700). They visited the nurseries and farms to make sure there was information available to the farmworker community. For the event, they completed teaching projects so that when people were waiting, they could learn about nutrition, occupational health hazards, and sun safety.Volunteers from the Farmworkers Association were on hand to help with coordination, parking and translation. The focus of the effort was providing compassionate care for those with limited resources with an emphasis on health education and finding access to sustainable care.“It was a beautiful thing to watch all of these students work together seamlessly to serve–understanding that they were filling a great need in Apopka,” said Peralta. “We know there is still more need, and we hope to make this clinic sustainable in the near future.” TAGSApopka FarmworkersFree ClinicUCF School of Nursing Previous articleOrange County proposed budget nears $3.6 BillionNext articleApopka High School alumnus directs fighter jets Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Anatomy of Fear Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 1 COMMENT Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Students, Faculty Members Care for Local Farmworkers at Free Clinics – UCF College of Health and Public Affairscenter_img […] UCF Nursing Students Reach Out to Apopka Farmworkers – 7-29-16, The Apopka Voice […] You have entered an incorrect email address! 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Irish Airports to open at 1pm

first_imgFLIGHTS between Ireland and other parts of Europe are to resume from 1pm following earlier air traffic disruption caused by ash from the Icelandic volcano.The IAA has cleared Irish Airports to open for full operations from 1pm local time. Dublin, Shannon, Cork, Knock, Donegal, Waterford and Kerry may resume normal operations.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The IAA has said Ireland will not fall within the predicted area of ash concentrations that exceed acceptable engine manufacturer tolerance levels.Their decision to close earlier today was based solely on the safety risks to crews and passengers as a result of the drift south of the volcanic ash cloud caused by the north easterly winds.The situation will be reviewed as the week goes on. Winds are forecast to continue coming from a Northerly direction for the next few days and this could lead to further problems. Twitter Previous articleSean finishes epic solo rowing voyage across AtlanticNext articleMaytime is music time in city admin Facebook Email Printcenter_img WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsIrish Airports to open at 1pmBy admin – May 4, 2010 634 Linkedin Advertisementlast_img read more

NBA pulls out of Xinjiang project

first_imgThe National Basketball Association has severed ties to a training centre in China’s western Xinjiang region, where Beijing faces growing international condemnation over its treatment of minorities. In a letter published online by Senator Marsha Blackburn, the US league also said it had lost “hundreds of millions of dollars” in revenue after Chinese broadcasters dropped its games last year amid a bitter row triggered when a Houston Rockets executive expressed support for Hong Kong pro-democracy protests. The NBA statements were contained in the letter dated July 21 to Blackburn that was posted on the Tennessee politician’s official Senate webpage on Wednesday. Signed by NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum, it was sent in response to questions raised by Blackburn about NBA involvement in Xinjiang, described by the senator as “one of the world’s worst humanitarian zones”. China is in the midst of a bitter falling out with the United States on a range of fronts, including human rights, trade and Hong Kong. “The NBA has had no involvement with the Xinjiang basketball academy for more than a year, and the relationship has been terminated,” Tatum wrote in the letter, which was confirmed as genuine by an NBA official. More than one million ethnic Uighurs and other minorities, mostly Muslim Turkic peoples, have been herded into Xinjiang internment camps where they undergo political indoctrination, according to human rights groups and experts. The existence of the camps had been revealed in recent years and appear aimed at taming long-time opposition by many Uighurs – marked a spate of violent incidents – over political and religious repression by Beijing. Loading… Promoted Content5 Reasons Why The Black Widow Solo Movie Will Be Awesome7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet10 Of The Best Places Around The World To Go Stargazing10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith Read Also: Atletico place £109m price tag on Oblak as Chelsea, Man Utd keep vigil The NBA has been in shutdown since March, when the coronavirus pandemic erupted across North America. The league is relaunching its season with teams based in Orlando for the remainder of the regular season and the playoffs. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The NBA’s lucrative broadcast and merchandise interests in China – the league’s most valuable market outside of the United States – went into a tailspin after Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s tweet regarding Hong Kong protesters last October. The comments infuriated the Chinese government and basketball fans and caused state broadcaster CCTV to stop showing matches. “The financial impact of NBA games not airing on television in China has been significant,” Tatum wrote. “We estimate the loss of revenue to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.” China is under mounting pressure from the United States and other trading partners over issues including Xinjiang and a new security law that Beijing imposed in Hong Kong, sparking fears that civil liberties in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory will be crushed.last_img read more