After spending three days at the US Mexico border, hosted by SEAHEC, a group of 14 college students reflected on their immersion learning experience hosted by the Southeast Arizona Area Health Education Center. The students were from FRONTERA (Focusing Research on the Border Area,) a 10 week research internship offered to undergraduate, graduate and medical students at the University of Arizona. The Frontera Program is an ongoing services learning offering sponsored by the U of a College of Medicine’s Office of Outreach and Multicultural Affairs (OMA), which is led by Dr. Ana Maria Lopez, professor of Medicine and Pathology.
Through the program, students learn about public health issues along the US/Mexico Border Region by allowing them to have a hands on research experience in the community. During the course, each group makes the trip south from Tucson, to SEAHEC, and the border community known by locals as “Ambos (both)Nogales,” which refers to the fact that there is a Nogales on each sides of the border.