COMMUNITY HEALTH IMMERSION
A multi-day cultural or specific demographic immersion experience designed to give health professions students an opportunity to study firsthand the diverse local and regional healthcare innovations and challenges in Wisconsin communities. Multidisciplinary groups of students explore the region’s cultural diversity and healthcare, developing strategies for intercultural and interprofessional effectiveness in healthcare practice. Throughout the week, participants have opportunities to reflect on and evaluate their experiences.
This program is best suited for undergraduate and graduate students in any degree program or health profession degree program.
This program emphasizes the following Core Topic Areas:
Interprofessional Education Supports a coordinated, patient-centered model of health care that involves an understanding of the contributions of multiple health care professionals (also known as interdisciplinary training).
Social Determinants of Health Includes the five key areas (determinants) of economic stability, education, social and community context, health and health care, and neighborhood and built environment, and their impact on health.
Cultural Competency Seeks to improve individual health and build healthy communities by training health care providers to recognize and address the unique culture, language and health literacy of diverse consumers and communities.
The Wisconsin Express program was an extremely valuable experience that exposed me to rural medicine in a wide variety of settings. It provided me with meaningful connections that paved the way for rural clinical opportunities as an aspiring healthcare professional.