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Service Learning : Supporting Community Health after a Hurricane. Bonnie K. Webster, MS, RN, BC M. Kay Sandor, PhD, RN, LPC, AHN-BC University of Texas Medical Branch School of Nursing Galveston, Texas. Objectives. Describe the effects of Hurricane Ike Identify the process of recovery

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Service learning supporting community health after a hurricane

Service Learning:Supporting Community Health after a Hurricane

Bonnie K. Webster, MS, RN, BC

M. Kay Sandor, PhD, RN, LPC, AHN-BC

University of Texas Medical Branch

School of Nursing

Galveston, Texas


Objectives

Objectives

Describe the effects of Hurricane Ike

Identify the process of recovery

Discuss the needs assessment

Describe the service learning activity


Background hurricane ike

Background - Hurricane Ike

  • Galveston Island – Barrier Island

September 13, 2008

Category 3

Storm Surge –10-12 feet

  • Flooding covered most of the Island


T he e ffects of hurricane ike

The Effects of Hurricane Ike

  • Eight of nine churches flooded

Five churches destroyed

Individual parishes merged

Feelings of loss and anger

  • Effects on body, mind, and spirit (PTSD-PISD)


The process of recovery

The Process of Recovery

Stewardship leaders gathered

Feelings of loss/suffering expressed

Ministries were merged

New leaders emerged

Churches re-opened and rebuilt


Service learning supporting community health after a hurricane

Sacred Heart

Holy Rosary

St. Patrick

Mary, Star of the Sea

Our Lady by the Sea

Fr. John Bok


The needs assessment

The Needs Assessment

Needs unknown

Survey developed

Collaboration among ministry leaders

Strategy for data collection defined

Parish priests actively involved


Data collection survey topics

Data CollectionSurvey Topics

Demographics

Parish organizations

Religious education

Pastoral care

Senior ministry

Special projects

Liturgical/Sacramental

Parish care needs


Data collection community service learning

Data CollectionCommunity Service Learning

Students enlisted in service learning

Data collection

Data entry


Data collection survey findings

Data CollectionSurvey Findings

646 responses

Findings significant to health ministry

Health Fair – 264 (41%)

BP screening

Blood glucose screening

Cholesterol screening

Flu shots – 234 (36%)

Anointing of the sick – 233 (36%)

Health tips in bulletin – 202 (31%)


T he service learning activity

The Service Learning Activity

InterprofessionalHealthy Living Event

Blending of faculty service and academia

Existing model utilized

Health education and screening provided

Meeting the needs of diverse community

Ethnic

Economic


Healthy living event

Healthy Living Event

Held in parish facility on Sunday

Stations organized to facilitate flow

3 student leaders emerged

10 stations set up

Clients directed to follow the design

Services provided included

Screening

Health Education

Counseling

Referrals


Health living event service learning outcome

Health Living EventService Learning Outcome

150 parishioners served

46 nursing students

14 medical students

5 health professions students

8 nursing faculty

1 health professions faculty


Conclusions

Conclusions

Hurricane Ike devastated the entire Island

Catholic faith community torn apart

Significant effects on mind, body and spirit

Activity served to reunite the former parishes

Integration between personal and professional


Service learning supporting community health after a hurricane

I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness and the willingness to remain vulnerable.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh


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