Senior Sandra Arteaga spent her #UWSummer in Ladysmith in northern Wisconsin with Professor Pamela L. Guthman and six other second-year nursing students as part of the School of Nursing’s Rural Immersion Program. The program gave Sandra insights into the roles of a nurse in a rural community setting by engaging with the local farmers, the homeless shelter and the public health department. Sandra is an upcoming CeO senior scholar with a certificate in Global Health and Chican@ & Latin@ Studies who is pursuing the dual degree program between the School of Nursing and the School of Medicine and Public Health. “Through this program, I got the opportunity to work with community members in Rusk and Barron county on health-related projects such as doing research on health equity of hepatitis C virus screening and treatment in rural jails and teaching high schoolers about E-cigarette marketing and health effects. We also got the opportunity to assemble a wigwam aimed to support the local native tribes near Rusk county.... This program reinforced a lot of beliefs I have about primary, preventative care which is that as a nation we need to focus more in this area of care if we truly want to develop better health outcomes for our society as a whole." says @itssprinkles. We’ll be sharing #UWSummer stories on Instagram from July 29 to Aug. 9. You can follow along and share your own story by tagging #UWSummer in your Instagram post. @UWNursing @WisIdea @uwceo

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