A non-credit-bearing two-day summer border experience for students from all four health sciences schools in Nogales, Arizona and Nogales Sonora. The theme of the activity is Building Healthy Communities: Alternatives to Migration. Students and faculty will visit several programs on both sides of the border that provide models for remaining in home communities including sustainable development projects and micro credit programs.
This two credit course provides the opportunity for our students to plan and implement a 10 day trip to the Mexico-Guatemala border to contrast and compare their knowledge, experience and understanding of the issues of migration, health, and economic development from the Southern border perspective. Upon return the students provide a college wide presentation as well as posters and presentations to other Health Sciences events and community events.
Our teaching includes our Border Health Service Learning Institute which is a one graduate credit week long intensive border immersion experience which focuses on connecting the dots between migration, health and economic development. Students and faculty spend the week at the border collaborating with local community organizations to support the daily activities of public health outreach in the community. Small teams of students and faculty provide daily reflections with a culminating presentation to the community partners at the end of the week.