REACH Program Exposes Students to Rural Community Medicine
ASHEBORO - Greensboro AHEC’s Rural Educational Approach to Community Health (REACH) program is a 2-week summer residential program for first and second-year Medical students, Nurse Practitioner students, and Physician Assistant students. The program is held in Asheboro, N.C., and exposes students to rural community medicine through several learning experiences. The REACH Program allows students to shadow and network with rural health providers, experience the richness of community, and gain knowledge through interdisciplinary training. Another great aspect of the program is the “cultural” component that exposes students to an array of art, museums, and local eateries. This experience allows students to develop an appreciation for history and culture that can be found in a rural setting.
Participant Adrienne White, RN, is a Nurse Practitioner student from UNC Wilmington. Adrienne currently works as a part-time nurse and has a passion for serving people in need. Her focus as a Nurse Practitioner will be on health literacy, preventative care, and disease management. Tonya Baldwin, REACH program coordinator, was happy to present Adrienne with a certificate of completion on June 29, 2018. Students are required to submit a reflection essay and present a poster presentation at the end of their experience in the program.
“Small town. Country Living. Rural communities can be found all across North Carolina. It is important that healthcare providers understand and are aware and capable of meeting the needs of this patient population. The REACH program opens the doors to fulfilling this need," says Adrienne.