The mission of G.O.D. Intl’s Public Health sphere is to address public health issues and provide opportunities for health care workers to learn specialized skills to address them among impoverished communities.
What started in 2004 as introductory primary health care courses teaching basic skills for the developing world environment, has blossomed into a maternal health department, an infectious disease unit, a children’s health training program, and most recently, a public health education center.
G.O.D. Intl’s Nashville headquarters newly renovated one of its classrooms into the now Public Health Education Center (PHEC). The PHEC will function as a classroom for teaching our maternal and public health courses, as well as provide the appropriate space for training in each field. It is equipped with a maternal and public health library, an infectious disease lab, full classroom, and resources for skills training in both fields. Such skills include childbirth education, doula certification, laboratory diagnosis of malaria and other common tropical diseases, CPR and first aid training, neonatal resuscitation training, public health skills courses, children’s health & development training, how to handle outbreaks of infectious disease, phlebotomy, and basic triage (just to name a few).
As public health workers, we are highly driven by the faces and stories of those that have physically and mentally suffered loss of life through dehumanizing care. AIDS victims in Jamaican hospices with no one to visit them, women laboring in the rural village of East Africa with no birth attendant to help, Indian children with multiple infections leaving them under-developed in the rural villages--their stories are countless. The conventional routes of health education don’t ready our students to meet these kind of needs. We have to excel in providing health education that does ready them, giving them life-saving skills that always keep the love of God and love of neighbor as the central focus, compelling us to provide humanizing care, every time.
The PHEC is a training ground for our students to receive that kind of education. It is a place for students who hear the call of God to serve the most vulnerable with holistic care after the model of Jesus. We are excited and blessed by this new center, and look forward to teaching and learning alongside the faces of those who fill it, the response to those faces who have known only suffering. Dreams are coming true, and we thank God for it.
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