On april 20th SEAHEC took 14 University of Arizona Students to Nogales Sonora, on a Border Service Learning trip. The students were from two U of A student organizations focused on health careers. Nine of the students were members of Fostering and Achieving Cultural Equity and Sensitivity (F.A.C.E.S.) which was organized to address cultural competency issues in the health care system.
The other five students were members of Learning, Understanding and Cultivating Health Advocacy (LUCHA), a graduate student organization at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. The club was designed to connect students to community service opportunities to promote awareness for border health and human rights issues in the US-Mexico Border Region.
During the trip, which was organized in collaboration with the Kino Border Initiative , Students learned about the agencies that Kino Border Initiative collaborates with. The Migrant First Aid Station provides basic first aid and medicines, and Casa Nazareth Women’s Shelter, provides shelter for women with or without children.
The students also learned about the most common health issues that migrants face, and they received an overview of basic immigration policies, and volunteer opportunities, as well.
Finally, the students toured the Comedor, which provides migrants with food and clothing.