Carrico, Ramirez lead refugee vaccination campaign
U of L teams up with local groups to assist refugees working toward citizenship
Nursing student Alex Wilborn administers a vaccine to Somalian refugee Mohamed Hassan at the recent inoculation clinic.
University of Louisville medical and nursing students, along with faculty from the Schools of Nursing, Medicine and Public Health & Information Sciences provided project oversight and gave vaccinations at the Catholic Charities offices on Market Street to refugees working toward citizenship.
The inoculation clinic was a team effort with Catholic Charities Kentucky Office for Refugees and Kentucky Refugee Ministries. It gave 250 refugees a chance to receive Tdap, varicella, MMR, influenza and Td vaccines. It gave students valuable experience.
"It's a chance to teach our students about existing health disparities and how we can improve our capabilities as we learn more about the unique and varied cultures represented," Ruth Carrico, Ph.D., RN, FSHEA, CIC, associate professor in the U of L Division of Infectious Diseases said. "It is a priceless experience for all of us"