Adelphi University College of Nursing and Public Health

ARIZONA and the Navajo Nation

grand canyonAcademic/Community Service Volunteer Project

March 14 – 21, 2015

Overview

navajo girlThis one-credit course is open to all university students. The program’s purpose is to explore the culture, socio-economic, and healthcare issues, and provide care for Native American of the through an experiential process, partnering with established healthcare programs offered for the Hopi and Dine/Navajo Indian tribes of Native Americans.

The Navajo, or Diné believe they are an extension of Mother Earth and thus are also a part of her beauty. Because of this belief, the Diné treat the land with the utmost respect. Today, the Navajo are striving to sustain a viable economy for an ever-increasing population. And while there is a great focus on retaining and passing on the cultural legacy, there is also a need for community service assistance to continue this most important part of American life.

An anthropological, environmental component will also take place in the touring of historical U. S. National Park sites such as the Grand Canyon and Petrified Dinosaur remains that have played a major part in the development of the Native Americans cultures in the Tuba City area of Arizona.

Faculty Directors
Patricia Facquet, Professor of Nursing: facquet@adelphi.edu
Margaret Silver, Professor of Nursing: silver@adelphi.edu

PROGRAM ITINERARY

Day 1, Saturday, March 14 – To Phoenix and Flagstaff (L/D)
Departure from JFK for Phoenix on our non-stop Delta #425 to Phoenix Arrive in Phoenix, where we will transfer by coach to Flagstaff. Lunch stop along the way. After checking in to our accommodations, we will depart for a visit to the nearby Museum of Northern Arizona, a perfect introduction to program and the history of Native Americans. Meet in the lobby for dinner.

Day 2, Sunday, March 15 – To the Grand Canyon and Tuba City (B/L/D)
After breakfast, depart for a tour to the Grand Canyon including a box lunch. Afterwards, continue to Tuba City for the start of our Volunteer program. Meet for dinner.

Day 3, Monday, March 16 – In Tuba City (B/L/D)
Canyon_WatchtowerMeet in the lobby to start the following three days that will be devoted to the program at the Tuba City Regional Health Care Center (TCRHCC), the Nursing and Navajo Spiritual Education Department and to have a “well rounded Navajo Experience” in the areas of Nursing, Native American Spirituality, typography & geography, living conditions including concentrations on:

  1. Nursing opportunities on the Navajo Reservation / IHS / US Public Health Service
  2. Living conditions of the Navajo & Hopi people great contrast that was seen by all – no running water & indoor plumbing in most Navajo dwellings – the use of outhouses
  3. Health disparities among the Navajo People in relation to lack of fresh food sources such as fruits & vegetables
  4. Lack of potable water sources, non-existence crops & agriculture in the Navajo Reservation near Tuba City and the Hopi Reservation near Cameron.

Return to the hotel for the rest of the day to relax. Meet for dinner.

Day 4: Tuesday, March 17 – In Tuba City (B/L/D)
Meet in the lobby for today’s Volunteer program at the Tuba City Regional Health Care Center (TCRHCC), the Nursing and Navajo Spiritual Education Department. Return to the hotel for the rest of the day to relax. Meet for dinner.

Day 5: Wednesday, March 18 – In Tuba City (B/L/D)
Meet in the lobby for today’s Volunteer program at the Tuba City Regional Health Care Center (TCRHCC), the Nursing and Navajo Spiritual Education Department. Return to the hotel for the rest of the day to relax. Meet for dinner.

Day 6: Thursday, March 19-  In  Tuba City. Afternoon visit to the Inscription  House  (B/L/D)
Meet in the lobby for today’s Volunteer program at the Tuba City Regional Health Care Center (TCRHCC), the Nursing and Navajo Spiritual Education Department. After lunch we continue to Inscription House for tour and discussions with the Staff of the Facility areas included would be Nursing, Pharmacy, EMS, Life Flight Teams. Another part of the service project is the donation of toys & toy chest for the Pediatric Clinic Area. Meet for dinner.

Day 7, Friday, March 20 – Excursion to Hopi Cultural Center, Obaiai and continue to Phoenix (B/L/D)
After breakfast, meet in the lobby for today’s program that includes the Hopi Cultural Center in as well as visiting the village of Obaibi or “Old Oraibi.” This is extremely important in furthering the student’s knowledge of the Hopi as well as archeologically and anthropologically providing comparisons between the different tribes Navajo and Hopi. Lunch follows as we continue to Phoenix for dinner  and our overnight. Meet in the lobby for our dinner.

Day 8, Saturday March 21 – To JFK (B)
Depart for our non-stop flight to JFK.

Tour Portion will include:

  • Roundtrip air transportation from JFK to Phoenix
  • Breakfast throughout
  • 7 lunches
  • 7 dinners
  • Local Transportation throughout
  • Airport transfers
  • Grand Canyon sightseeing tour
  • Visit to Hopi Cultural Center
  • Visit to the Inscription House
  • Visit to Obaiai
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing tours

FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS AND REGISTRATION CONTACT

Center for International Education
Alumnae Hall 111
Tel: (516) 877-3487 or CIE@Adelphi.edu
www.adelphi.edu/studyabroad

 

Navajo girl photo by Wolfgang Staudt