This transformational experience will provide a unique and meaningful learning opportunity for UNF students to better understand the gaps and potential solutions for US healthcare reform by understanding Germany's healthcare reform movement. This opportunity will help students to critically evaluate our own healthcare system transformation by studying a system that has successfully overcome similar challenges.
This UNF transformational student experience will challenge students to critically think through the significant difficulties of providing and paying for universal care for all children and for an aging population. Students will use their experience to identify effective healthcare policy for the United States. Graduate students will also develop a comparative analysis of the U.S. and German healthcare reform legislation and policies and present their findings at Munich University's Helmholtz Graduate School Environmental Health. Both UNF graduate and undergraduate students will facilitate collaborative discussions with Munich University students on the differences and commonalities of U.S. healthcare reform and the German healthcare system. UNF students will critically evaluate U.S. healthcare reform through their unique and first-hand experience of a healthcare system that served as a model for our own reform. Students will then be asked to reflect on this transformational experience and diffuse their knowledge of Germany’s universal healthcare system to other Brooks College of Health students through a planned seminar.
Through a clinical internship program, it was brought to DPT program's attention that disabled children in the Duval county area do not have access to adapted toys despite the identiﬁed community need. Discussions between the engineering program and the DPT program faculty have resulted in a collaborative interprofessional Community-Based TLO designed to meet this need in partnership with area pediatric physical therapist from several rehabilitation settings including Wolfson"s Children Hospital, Brooke"s Rehabilitation Hospital System and the Duval County School district Special Needs Program. For guidance in creating this community based project, we have established a relationship with the University of Delaware Center for Biomechanical Engineering Research and will be visiting their facilities for a customized interdisciplinary conference designed to provide students with the background necessary to duplicate a similar program here.
Over the course of this community-based TLO the UNF DPT students partnered with engineering students will provide assistive technology through custom designed adaptive toys to children with disabilities to enhance learning through play. The toys will be returned to UNF after they are no longer needed by the children in therapy, cleaned and catalogued for the creation of a toy lending library for the community.
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