Brockport Receives Prestigious Health Professions Diversity Award
Brockport one of only 43 institutions to receive the Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity honor from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.
SUNY Brockport’s Department of Nursing has been recognized for excellence in diversity by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. The department has received the magazine’s 2019 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award.
The Health Professions HEED Award is the only national honor recognizing U.S. medical, dental, pharmacy, osteopathic, nursing, veterinary, allied health, and other health schools and centers that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion across their campuses. Brockport’s Department of Nursing is one of only 43 recipients of the prestigious award.
“We are proud of the work that the Department of Nursing and SUNY Brockport have accomplished in order to be awarded the 2019 Health Professions HEED Award, as our campus truly exemplifies excellence in diversity,” said Brockport President Heidi Macpherson.
The Health Professions HEED Award examines applicant’s recruitment and retention of students and employees, continued leadership support for diversity, as well as other aspects of diversity and inclusion.
Brockport’s nursing department offers several dynamic programs that were featured in its application, including:
Poverty Simulation Training: This simulation challenges perceptions, changes perspectives, and strengthens understanding and empathy. Nursing students experience a full range of challenges while trained volunteers serve as business owners, teachers, police officers, service providers, and government employees. The simulation replicates a month in the life of a family living in poverty. The mission of these families is to provide food, shelter, and other basic needs with a limited income.
Brockport Deaf Health Clinic: Each summer, seniors in the accelerated, second-degree nursing program participate in this role-reversal simulation training on campus. Seeking medical guidance without being able to speak, nursing students rely on facial expressions, hand gestures, and written notes to express their needs and questions to pseudo healthcare providers — who communicate back using only American Sign Language.
Community Health Clinical: Nursing students in both the BSN and MS-FNP program have the opportunity to provide service hours in Ollantaytambo, Peru in conjunction with Sacred Valley Health (SVH). During this educational service immersion trip, students spend most of their time volunteering alongside SVH volunteers who are involved in many ongoing health promotion campaigns. Students also work closely with elected local community health liaisons. Both partnerships teach students how to deliver healthcare services and healthcare education to residents of rural communities.