Gaining an understanding of diverse cultures, poverty and its impact on health.

quote by sameer draviamEvery summer medical and nursing students from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine spend time at the Migrant Health Clinic at Hartville caring for the health needs of seasonal farm workers.

The clinic provides training for health care students and gives migrant workers health care while they live and work in Ohio planting and harvesting labor-intensive salad vegetables.

While the students help to provide valuable hands-on care, they also gain an understanding of diverse cultures, poverty and its impact on health.

Since Spanish is the most common second language in America, UT AHEC program developed two elective courses for medical, nursing and public health students to learn how to communicate with Hispanic patients.

The Introduction to Spanish for Health Care Professionals course acquaints students to medical words and terms. The Advanced Spanish for Health Care Professionals course provides conversational training for various medical situations.

With an understanding of Spanish, the students are better prepared to diagnose and treat Spanish speaking patients.

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