Papakolea and Nursing
The community leaders of Papakolea conducted a health needs assessment of their Native Hawaiian Homestead residents. Based on the results, project ideas emerged. Their focus is to promote ohana health and aging-in-place safely, enabling the community to remain whole, while providing education and access to healthcare.
After participating in the valuable training opportunities provided by our respected partners, you should complete eight hours of direct service with Papakolea. (An additional two hours of service will be awarded by your professor after participating in an on-campus health-related activity.)
Wear your community uniform for all service activities EXCEPT the garden, where you can wear comfortable clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty.
Service-Learning Activities Overview
You will be scheduled for activities during your training sessions. The following info is tentative; final info will be given by our partners.
1. Ohana Health Fair
This annual event for the community will be held at Lincoln Elementary School on Saturday, March 7, 2020. There may be opportunities to develop health education-related activities for participants, work closely with kupuna and/or participate in pre-arranged activities.
Help is needed to set up for the fair beforehand, to assist with implementation and to help with break-down/clean-up. Fair is held from 10 AM–2 PM. Specific shifts will be discussed during training (tentatively, 8 AM–12 PM and 11 AM–3 PM). Other limited opportunities for supporting the Health Fair may also be available. A pre-fair meeting may be held.
2. Community Garden
Near the neighborhood’s schools, there is a 60′x80′ Community Garden, and it’s growing in the name of food sustainability. Harvests are for the kupuna, but as the garden grows, it will also serve the resource needs of the Community Kitchen and the entrepreneurial ventures of the residents. The health of the community is tied to the health of the land. Be ready to work, get dirty and sweat. Bring your own beverage container. Please do NOT bring anyone who is not signed up for the activity (no friends, spouses, kids, pets).
For Spring 2020, community garden work days are on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month (February – April), from 7–11 AM. All students will be scheduled for at least one garden activity; through their choice/s on the Doodle online sign-up tool from Kaapuni. Friendly reminders will be sent during the week of the event.
Site Supervisors: Check with Aunty Theone or Aunty Lani Kapanui at the Garden.
3. Lamaku After-School Program: Mentoring/Tutoring
Location: 2150 Tantalus Drive, Honolulu, HI 96813
Papakolea Community Center (at Papakolea Park), first floor library
The health of our communities is also tied to our keiki; education is critical. Building literacy and math skills in keiki and opio (children and teens/youth) can ultimately help with the overall health of families.
Help youth with homework at this drop-in center. Shifts are available between 1:30-5:30pm, Mondays through Thursdays. A Doodle sign-up will be conducted; choose the week you’ll participate. During that week, you can show up for four hours on one day, or two hours on each of two days.
Site Supervisor: Ms. Iolani check-in and check-out with Ms. Iolani for each shift)
4. Health Promotion/Screenings
In addition to the projects listed above, there may also be opportunities to help with screenings at sites within the area.
Papakolea’s leadership is offering our students the gift of their manao. Cultural competency, an understanding of community, perspective on the contexts for healthcare and public health nursing, and our respective roles are learning objectives of their training sessions. These lessons will be invaluable for students throughout their study of nursing, in future service-learning in their careers. Some of the training curriculum modules include:
- Native Hawaiian health
- Aging in Hawaii
- Cultural competence in health care
- Cultural trauma
- People and cultures of Hawaii
Although the training sessions usually add up to 14 hours, they will be condensed for you. You MUST participate in the ONE condensed training session (ask your professor for the date and time). Prior to the session, you must:
- Complete the special readings for Papakolea
- Print and complete the activity sheets and intake forms (for Papakolea and or CUH). Bring these completed sheets and forms to the training
- Watch the Papakolea video prior to training
All of these materials will be shared on Canvas by your professor.
Students, please note:
Registration for S-L will be done FOR YOU by the Service-Learning Office. You will be given a connection form to sign, by our professor(s); this is due at the training.
NO hard-copy timesheets will be used, so be sure that each site supervisor has documented your participation. We suggest keeping your own records (e.g.: time-stamped selfies at the sites) as a back-up.
Questions will be addressed at training (e.g.: What if I have clinicals on Sundays? What happens if Doodle doesn’t work? Can I swap shifts with a classmate? What if I have an emergency and can’t make my scheduled service shifts?).