My Sisters' Place has bestowed its Volunteer of the
Year award upon two Project Horizon
Lisa Roy BSN, RN and Carol Woltersdorf BSN, RN were honored recently at My Sisters' Place annual meeting, held at The Pond House at West Hartford's Elizabeth Park.
Working in conjunction with academic faculty, Roy and Woltersdorf undertook the project, My Sister’s Health – An Educational Program to Raise Awareness of Preventative Health Care and Immunization Schedules for Displaced, Urban Women. To increase knowledge of recommended health guidelines, student registered nurses presented educational sessions and open discussions on sexually-transmitted diseases, health-screening recommendations, and self-breast examinations. Wallet-sized reminder cards were created for women to record preventative health screening and immunization dates. A health-screening schedule handbook was left with agency staff.
"We feel that we got so much more out of the experience than we gave," Woltersdorf says. "We hope that the preventative health information that was taught made an impact and will be sustained through the handbook and future Project Horizon nurses."
Project Horizon is a community outreach project of ENHP's Center for Health, Care, and Well-being. For more than a quarter century, registered nurses pursuing their baccalaureate degree from the University have brought a range of health education initiatives to the Hartford community through schools and neighborhood agencies. In 1988, these services were expanded to include Hartford’s homeless population.