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EMPOWER Project - Kirsten Foster, University of Nebraska Medical Center, University of Nebraska

The founding principle behind EMPOWER is to address the health-care disparities of women affected by domestic violence (DV), while exposing students to learn more about issues relevant to this matter. EMPOWER services are held on the first and third Monday evening of every month and include a two-hour session of education workshops with individual screenings. Eight to ten students from various professions (medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physician assistant, physical therapy, public health) come each night to collaborate and learn with, from, and about each other to enhance quality of care. Students are always supervised by volunteer faculty. Education sessions cover the topics, which were identified by the women: Over-the-counter Medications, Common Medical Conditions, Immunizations, Child Safety, and Nutrition, for example.

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