Project Horizon is a community outreach project of ENHP's Center for Health, Care, and Well-being. For over twenty-five years, registered nurses pursuing their baccalaureate degree from University have been involved in the Hartford community by offering their services (i.e. health and education) in schools and neighborhood agencies. In 1988, these services were expanded to include Hartford’s homeless population.
Project Horizon uses community-based participatory research (CBPR) methods that include active community participation in the research process and fosters communication among community members and researchers to reduce health risks. By ensuring that projects are community-driven, by promoting active collaboration and participation at every stage of research, and by disseminating results in useful terms for populations at risk, Project Horizon uses CBPR to advance outcomes in 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. In turn, this work provides nurse-students the opportunity to learn firsthand about local health and social concerns. The overall purpose of providing this preparation for the students is to positively impact stereotypes and related cultural barriers. Besides their volunteer work, nurse-students attend a class where they explore diversity, family values and cultural, racial, and class issues.
For more information on Project Horizon, contact Karen Breda, Associate Professor, Department of Nursing, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 860.768.4477.
"Focusing on health, quality of life and social advocacy, Project Horizon makes over 2000 contacts per year helping needy families and individuals in the greater Hartford community."