Project Horizon is a community outreach project of ENHP's Center for Health, Care, and Well-being. For over 25 years, registered nurses pursuing their baccalaureate degree from the University have volunteered their services in schools and neighborhood health agencies in in the community, including organizations serving people who are homeless.
Project Horizon uses community-based participatory research (CBPR) methods that include active community participation in the research process to foster communication among community members and researchers to reduce health risks.
The projects are community-driven, and involve active collaboration and participation at every stage of research. By disseminating results in useful terms for populations at risk, Project Horizon uses CBPR to improve health, care and well-being.
Today, Project Horizon nurse-students volunteer 4 to 6 hours a week in homeless shelters, soup kitchens, neighborhood centers, transitional living centers and schools. Nurse-students provide nursing care, health teaching, wellness promotion, support, advocacy and referral advice to improve the health and quality of life in the Hartford community.
The work provides nurse-students firsthand learning opportunities about local health and social concerns, and how to positively impact stereotypes and related cultural barriers. In addition to volunteering, nurse-students attend classes where diversity, family values and cultural, racial, and class issues are explored.
For more information on Project Horizon, contact Karen Breda, Associate Professor, Department of Nursing, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 860.768.4477.