4/29/13 ASHLAND, Ohio – Eight Ashland University nursing students and two staff members traveled to the Dominican Republic in March on a medical mission trip.
Lisa Young, professional instructor and director of simulation for Ashland University’s Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences, organized the trip through AU’s Religious Life Department and Partner’s in Christ, an organization already serving in the Dominican Republic.
Those participating in the trip were students Michele Funk of Ashland, Ohio; Steven Chittenden of Wooster, Ohio; Alyssa Coley of Mansfield, Ohio; Danielle Hart of Norwalk, Ohio; Cole Hunter of Muskegon, Mich.; Rachel Brown of Shelby, Ohio; Tiffiny Ellenberger of Crestline, Ohio; and Miriah Keller of Mansfield, Ohio. They were joined by Young and Joe Maggelet, campus minister in the AU Religious Life Office.
“The group spent the first part of the week in Juan Tomas, where the team worked side-by-side with the people already serving in this area,” Young said. “The students teamed up with interpreters and completed initial assessments.”
Following an assessment, the Dominican people would then see one of the physicians -- Aaron Young, who is Lisa’s brother; Johanna, a Dominican doctor; or Lisa Young, who is an advanced practice nurse.
“Approximately 670 people were seen at the clinic in those three days,” Young said. “The team also spent two days at a clinic in Mal Nambre where they saw more than 350 people.”
Young said there was a great need for medical assistance and supplies in this area. She said the team took almost 8,000 vitamins and 10,000 tablets of ibuprofen and acetaminophen, all of which were dispersed by the end of the week.
“The Dominican people were greatly appreciative of these little things that we often take for granted in the U.S.,” Young said. “The team also purchased anti-parasitic medication to give to the people. Infection was a common problem and was frequently seen in tonsils, ears and wounds.”
The nursing students also gave anti-parasitic medication to approximately 100 of the school children.
At the end of the week, the AU team shared gifts from the people in the states with the children in the mission school in Juan Tomas. The team distributed coloring books and crayons to the younger children, hygiene packs to the high schools and children’s New Testaments donated by Temple Christian School to the fifth to seventh graders.
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