Health care missions has been a major focus since the beginning of the Carr College of Nursing at Harding. The first health care mission trip took place in 1977. The following material highlights health care mission opportunities and activities through the Carr College of Nursing.
All students who desire to have a global health care/cultural experience are encouraged to do so and are assisted in fulfilling that dream. We pray that from this group of students God will raise up long-term servants for the mission field as they follow in the footsteps of the Great Physician.
Guatemala: In February each year, student nurses spend an intensive week serving in Guatemala, C. America. They partner with Health Talents International (HTI) and a surgical team of experienced nurses and physicians as they assist in with pre and post-op care. The headquarters for HTI is located in Searcy, AR, making it convenient for our students to connect and receive additional cultural preparation. To learn more about HTI, go to www.healthtalents.org.
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Haiti, West Indies: Since Spring Break of 1992, the Carr College of Nursing (HCCN) students participate in an annual health mission trip to the impoverished island nation of Haiti, West Indies. The mission initially began as curative health clinics; however; in recent years, the focus of the trip has changed to health promotion and disease prevention using a community health education approach in the homes, schools and communities of the Haitian people. In addition, health education classes in primary health care and disease prevention are taught to school teachers and men training to be preachers with the vision that they will include health education information in their classes and ministries.(http://haitianchristianfoundation.org/index.html)
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Africa/Tanzania: For four to six weeks in the summer, senior nursing students have an opportunity to work and serve in a mission hospital in a rural resource limited region of E. Africa. They participate in all areas of the hospital: pediatrics, adult, maternity and community nursing. They have an opportunity to learn about and care for patients with a wide variety of tropical diseases, as well as the delivery of babies and the care of critically ill children. They gain a better appreciation for how the majority of the world receives their health care and better understand many of the barriers to vulnerable populations.
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Tour of the Chimala Mission Hospital by Kyle Vath, one of our graduates. Click here to watch video.
Christian Health Ministry of White County: Harding student nurses and faculty are provided an opportunity every Sunday afternoon to assist in a Christian health center that serves the medically and economically disadvantaged of this county.
Health Fair and Wellness Screenings: Local churches invite faculty and students to provide their members and community friends with information for promoting health, preventing disease and screening for heart and cancer risks.
"Development Ministries" Class (BMIS 388): This two-week course is taught at Harding University Tahkodah (HUT), where students live in a simulated Global Village. Through cross-cultural simulations, the course provices hands-on training in various trypes of benevolent outreach to the poor, including intensive gardening, livestock management, water development and sanitation, appropriate technology, and primary health care. Students are also introduced to theological as well as strategic issues in relief and development. Click here for information on HUT.
Health Missions Minor: HCCN now offers a health missions minor. Any of the above mentioned mission trips can quailfy to help the student fulfill the requirements for this minor. For more information, please see the current HU online academic catalog for specific course requirements.
Harding University in Zambia International Program:
The International Programs have been specially designed to further enhance the stated mission of the university to help students develop a Christian understanding of and respect for other cultures. As an extension of the Searcy campus, these international experiences provide unique opportunities for study and travel overseas for both students and university faculty. The international living experience realized by the quantity and quality of time immersed in another culture yields insights and perspectives that can be gained in no other way. As with our university course offerings on the Searcy campus, the international programs of study provide rigorous, yet flexible courses of study by drawing from each unique international locale the best opportunities for expanded study and growth. Because of these unique experiences, students and university faculty develop lifelong relationships.
The Harding University International Programs — academic programs based in Florence, Italy (HUF); London, England (HUE); Australasia (HUA); Athens, Greece (HUG); Viña del Mar, Chile (HULA); Paris, France (HIP); and Namwianga Mission, Zambia (HIZ) — provide unique opportunities for study and travel overseas. For every program, a selection of courses that apply to the liberal arts requirements are offered that may be studied in a particular locale.
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Health Mission websites:
IHCF (International Health Care Foundation) African Christian Hospitals: http://www.ihcf.net/
Tanzania Christian Clinic: http://www.tanzaniacc.org/
Chimala Mission Hospital & Schools: http://www.chimalamission.com/
Healing Hands International: http://www.hhi.org/
Zambia mission: http://zambiamission.org/