Below is a brief summary of the four “teams” who spent time on Pine Ridge this week, as shared by Gundersen medical team leader, Ruth Berns, RN.
Viterbo Team with Professor Gary Robbins and 4 graduate students in the mental health counseling program:
* Displayed sensitivity as they described how students deal with bullying
* Coaxed shy kids to share their stories
* Provided a safe environment for students to be heard without passing judgment
* Visited with a reservation housing model development (a 501 C 3).
Health Science Academy Students (HSA) led by Annette O’hern and assisted by Nami George and Troy McDonald:
* Experienced the delivery of a health fair–reinforced their own knowledge by teaching elementary, middle and high school students health concepts
* Developed friendships from interactions with staff and students and each other
* Experienced the joy of the kids in the community as they received a truck load of pumpkins for their Halloween party
Specialty Medical Team with Chuck Schauberger, OB GYN, Cheryl Bihn, Physical Medicine, Karyn Cecele, Med Student, Mary Reissner, RN and Ruth Berns, RN with assistance from 3 Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) from the Health Science Academy:
* Appreciated the one-to one engagement with patients hearing their issues of pain and immobility while offering creative solutions and hope for a better quality of life
* Offered expectant moms reassurance for a safe baby delivery
* Exchanged friendship with Wanblee Clinic’s dedicated and stellar staff
Community contacts made by Jerry Berns, Retired school administrator, La Crosse
* Connected with the Executive Director of Pine Ridge’s only Chamber of Commerce serving 140 members to discuss future partnerships involving educational pursuits pertaining to business; Visited with officials of Oglala Lakota College also regarding economic development as it pertains to education.
* Dialogued with the Tribal Vice President (elected by the Tribe) to serve the Pine Ridge Community to look at expanding future partnerships that are sustainable.
* Conferenced with 6 principals both elementary and high school about a program called Junior Achievement. Set the stage for ownership of the program by the schools and community.