Guided by our desire to empower through education, WellShare International has established a formal partnership with St. Catherine University. This partnership seeks to assist students who are interested in refugee and immigrant health by gaining clinical experience, putting their theoretical studies and skills learned in class into practice, as well as gaining familiarity with working in the nonprofit sector.
“St. Catherine University is so excited about all Wellshare International does both in our local communities and internationally. Through a variety of opportunities, Wellshare International engages our students, faculty and staff in meaningful work and learning. We are glad to be a part of the important work of reducing health disparities in the Twin Cities and beyond,” said D’Ann Urbaniak Lesch, Director of Center for Community Work and Learning at St. Catherine University.
This past summer Huoda Elgahwagi, a doctor from Libya and a graduate student studying global health at St. Catherine University completed her practicum with WellShare. During her internship, Huoda helped create educational materials for community health workers, as well as clients. Topics included: prediabetes, diabetes, screenings of breast, colon and cervical cancer, mental health, honoring life and others. Huoda, who seeks to practice medicine with an international organization, hopes that she will be a better doctor, a better leader, and a better practitioner with the perspectives she gained on public health through her work at WellShare International.
Paula Jimenez, our AmeriCorps Vista, is currently pursuing her Masters in Holistic Health Studies at St. Catherine University. As part of her service with AmeriCorps and WellShare she is also focusing on a Campus-Community Partnership with St. Catherine University where she will be working with students that are interested in working with underserved communities.
As of this month, we are partnering with students from the Buyer Behavior and Market Research course at St. Catherine University. Using different kinds of research methods, a group of students will help us to better understand the motivations of giving among our donors as part of their service-learning project.
We are very happy to be partnering with St. Catherine University and are looking forward to a continued successful collaboration.