Electives - Global Health
Limpopo Community Health (South Africa)
Elective Number: 1526
(International) **not offered: 2017-2018**
Rotation Supervisors: Dr.
Designated signer: Dr.
Karen Ingersoll firstname.lastname@example.org
of 2017 - TBD w/Dr. Ingersoll
Duration: 4 weeks
Evaluation should be
given to: Dr. Ingersoll
must be arranged with Dr. Ingersoll by March 31 to allow plenty of time
to set things up in Limpopo. As well, at least 1-
month prior (but best to be 6-weeks prior) to beginning the rotation complete the Elective requirements
on the Forms
Report to: Dr. Ingersoll
Time to Report: TBA
Place to Report: TBA
Attendance: Attendance at elective activities is mandatory.
- Anyone who is ill or has a personal or family emergency must contact Student
Affairs and the Attending on Service.
- Students are allowed to take off up to 1 day per week to interview between
November 1 and February 1.
Number of students per rotation: 1 min/6 max
Course Description: Community Health in Limpopo, South Africa
Building on inter-professional relationships at the University of Venda and
the Vhembe Health District, and utilizing previously identified health priorities
from the Vhembe Health District, a team of students will partner with leaders
in the Health District and at the University to design, implement and evaluate
a community health intervention aimed at gaps in primary care. This year we
will build on 2 years of work in Limpopo using Motivational Interviewing training
to enhance skills of nursing students and community health workers. Students
will work closely with university, health district, and community leaders,
potentially including tribal chiefs. Stakeholders will be actively engaged
in the process with the intention of developing and piloting a focused intervention
or educational opportunity to advance health promotional goals in the region.
Pre-travel preparation includes team building, grant writing, research design
and educational preparation. A primary focus of the fourth year elective is
to learn and practice leadership strategies relevant to global health initiatives.
A university-wide orientation for study abroad is required for all students
on this elective.
1. Negotiate the complexities of designing, implementing and evaluating community
health trainings in Vhembe District within the context of national and provincial
2. Acknowledge and respect the communities’ values and cultural beliefs
as they plan and implement health promotion strategies
3. Use their understanding of the role of the health district to create appropriate
interventions to address identified health needs.
4. Value the role of each key player in providing health care, including
health care providers, community health workers, community members, and traditional
and civic leaders.
5. Utilize leadership strategies to negotiate challenges and conflicts across
culture, gender, and discipline to achieve a successful teamwork and project
In addition, this elective is an inter-professional elective. Therefore,
in addition to the above learning objectives each student will:
1. Be responsive to and interactive with members of other professions in
a manner that fosters culturally specific collaboration
2. Effectively exchange knowledge and ideas with student colleagues,
members of the UNIVEN faculty and the health district.
3. Use active listening and reflection skills in community meetings,
meetings with the health district and UNIVEN faculty.
4. Use information systems and technology, including the creative use
of blogs, Power Point®, Skype® and Prezi® to exchange relevant information
among the professionals
1. Establish and focus common goals across professions for a community assessment.
2. Display interest, trust, and mutual respect across the professions, organizations,
communities and cultures in all interactions.
3. Exchange information about own and other professions’ culture, values,
roles and scope of practice
4. Develop, promote, and exercise non-judgmental integrity, honesty, social
responsibility and ethical behavior in all activities involving professional,
organizational, community and cultural activities
Shared problem solving
1. Determine whom to involve depending on the needs of the community.
2. Share discipline specific knowledge with the community assessment team.
3. Integrate collective knowledge of the community, UVA and UNIVEN students,
Vhembe district ministry professionals and UVA and UNIVEN faculty to develop
creative interventions to address health needs of children.
4. Identify which team member will take the appropriate leadership/facilitator
role in specific contexts, specifically community meetings, sharing of knowledge,
carrying out the needs assessment.
Shared decision making
1. Negotiate actions with other health professionals, the health ministry and
the community to appropriately carry out the needs assessment and design
2. Implement joint decision making in the prioritization and presentation of
the needs identified.
Finally, as with each international elective it is expected that
1.Demonstrate a working knowledge of the South African healthcare delivery
2. Demonstrate the ability to work effectively with patients and health care
workers from South Africa
3. Work effectively with the inter-professional team at a level appropriate
to their training to produce the needs assessment and, if possible in the
time frame, community health worker training.