Edson College nursing students deliver bilingual health workshop

February 25, 2020

Nearly a year’s worth of work led up to a single event for a group of five Arizona State University Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation students in the Mayo Clinic nursing cohort.

That event? A bilingual women’s health workshop for patients at St. Vincent de Paul in Phoenix. Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation Students answer questions after a workshop at St. Vincent de Paul in Phoenix Edson College Nursing seniors (left to right) Andrea Patiño Coronado, Shian Tiare-Fiame and Jasmine Cura answer questions after a women's health workshop at St. Vincent de Paul in Phoenix. Download Full Image

After introducing themselves, the future nurses jumped into their presentation by testing their audience’s knowledge with a few fact or myth questions. And perhaps as a good sign of what was to come, it spurred participation.

They asked about the flu shot and whether or not you needed to get it every year. The answer, for the vast majority of people, is yes.  

The participants weren’t so sure though, and one woman was even little leery of the vaccine altogether.

“I got the flu shot and felt sick after,” she said. “Can you get the flu from the shot?”  

Without missing a beat, Shian Fiame probed a little further into the symptoms the woman experienced and then explained that no, you can’t get the flu from the vaccine. However, you can have side effects that mimic flu-like symptoms and in rare cases have an allergic reaction.

It was obvious to everyone in the room these students were well prepared and knowledgeable.

“I thought they did a great job,” said one participant, who did not want to share her name.

Their preparation began last fall when they enrolled in an upper-division course focused on interprofessional education and collaboration.

Part of the class requirement is to create a community-facing intervention. The group was then assigned a community partner to work with. For this project, it was St. Vincent de Paul.

“We’ve been working with them since last semester and part of that was just understanding more about the population that they serve and the resources and services they offer,” nursing student Jasmine Cura said.

To gain that insight, the students interviewed the director of the medical clinic as well as the director of the Center for Family Wellness, which offers holistic education programs focusing on prevention and managing chronic disease.

They learned that St. Vincent’s serves vulnerable populations from all backgrounds and faiths but is not able to meet everyone’s needs all the time.

“When we understood the gaps in the care that was present here we took that and turned to our textbooks and the research experience ASU has provided us and we formulated an intervention plan and that’s how we came up with the women’s health workshop,” Cura said.

Topics covered included: 

• Vaccines.
• Body image.
• Depression.
• Menopause.
• Sleep.

“We also talked about pregnancy health and the nutrients and vitamins women need throughout that time. We then covered female-specific screenings and their importance,” nursing student Melita Saldanha said.

One thing that came into focus early-on was the need to provide this workshop in Spanish as well as English because a majority of the patients St. Vincent’s serves are Spanish speakers. 

“In order to really tailor our intervention appropriately, we wanted to make sure we could speak to them in their native language. Since one of our cohort members is bilingual we wanted to use her skills so everyone who attended could get the most out of the workshop,” Cura said.

Not only was the workshop delivered in both languages but the supporting materials, including a pamphlet that participants could take home and a survey, were printed in English and Spanish.

With their content intact and a plan to deliver it, they needed to start recruiting women to attend the workshop. Again they turned to their community partner for guidance and best practices.

“They were very receptive to taking my feedback as far as how to engage the participants," said Elva Hooker, director of the Center for Family Wellness at St. Vincent de Paul. "Anytime we do recruitment for any of our programs, we are in direct contact, so either in-person or engaging them over the phone. The students were open to coming in and being able to offer their time to get these phone calls done and get the participants scheduled for their workshop.” 

It was such a mutually beneficial collaboration that Hooker said they’d love to build on this partnership and do more workshops with Edson College students in the future.

The feeling was mutual. Through this process, each of the nursing students, who are graduating in May, said they gained valuable experience and reaffirmed the importance of taking their practice outside of the clinical setting.

“We are really dedicated to supporting and caring for other people — and I think that extends beyond the bedside experience," Cura said. "As advocates for health, we should be nurses who reach out to the community. We want to be able to walk into the spaces they’re familiar with and provide that education so it’s easier for them to feel comfortable and empowered as patients.”

Amanda Goodman

Media relations officer, Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation


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From a 'humble' vision to micro-estates

February 25, 2020

ASU students create a solution for housing in Tempe with Micro-Estates development

Small things often amount to little more than what was originally put on paper, but in the case of the Micro-Estates development on Rita Lane in Tempe, a seemingly small Arizona State University student project has made a tangible impact on the lives of hardworking people.

In fall 2015, four students in ASU’s Engineering Projects in Community Service Program (EPICS) started working on the “Humble Homes” project. On Feb. 20, Newtown Community Development Corporation had a groundbreaking ceremony for the Tempe Micro-Estates — a “small-home” project on 0.66 acres of long-vacant land where EPICS students first proposed their project solution.

The city of Tempe’s development services Director David Nakagawara (retired 2016) proposed the project to former EPICS Director Scott Shrake in 2015. Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering students Anna Brophy, Ana Lopez, Ana Repta and Brandon Hew took on the project in the EPICS lab course, researching small homes and potential restrictionsTypes of restrictions could include environmental, social, economic, land use, zoning, and utility. affecting the site. Through the fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters, the team engaged with Tempe staff and residents to create design specifications, schematic site plans, community living parameters and rough cost estimates. 

The team was encouraged to consider the three pillars of sustainability — environmental, economic and social issues — in their human-centered design concept. In response, features of the students’ project included community garden space, a community activity center, shared open space, gray water systems, solar electric generation, 11 energy-efficient dwellings (ranging in size from 300 to 600 square feet) and one parking space per dwelling. With an eye toward community living, students considered how residents would govern themselves, make decisions and resolve conflicts — all of which are now covered by the Covenants, Codes and Restrictions that apply to the Micro-Estates site.

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Micro-estates design courtesy of EPICS students.

During summer 2016, students presented their ideas in separate meetings with community members, Tempe city staff and city council members. Council members Lauren Kuby, Corey Woods and David Schapira endorsed the project as a possible workforce housing solution or alternative housing for downsizing senior citizens. 

In a July 2016 Arizona Republic article, Schapira presciently said of the student’s work, “I think this is a reality. I don’t think this is far-fetched.” CoLAB’s design for Newtown’s Micro-Estates project closely mirrors the EPICS team’s vision. 

The Micro-Estates site has 13 energy-efficient, 600-square-foot, one-bedroom homes designed to be low-maintenance and use locally-manufactured materials for construction. The units each have a patio, “kitchen garden,” and access to a 900 square foot community space with community kitchen, gathering space and laundry. Each unit has a single parking space and easy access to light rail and bus lines. Other site features include edible and/or native vegetation, rainwater cisterns and outdoor gathering areas. Kuby said that an agreement to build a solar electric generating array on site has been negotiated and will be part of the final build-out.

Homes are only available to first-time home buyers with incomes lower than 80% (and up to 120%) of the Area Median Income (AMI). An AMI of 80% is about $41,000 for a single person and $46,000 for a couple. Home prices are estimated to be $160,000 to $180,000 for 80% AMI buyers and $195,000 to $215,000 for 80% to 120% AMI buyers. By comparison, the Zillow home value index notes that the median list price of homes in Tempe is $315,000.

Written by Paul Prosser, the project partner liaison and an instructor at ASU’s School of Sustainability; a senior sustainability scientist at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute for Sustainability; a former faculty associate for many EPICS project teams, including the Humble Homes team; and a registered architect with 35 years of experience.