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Welcome to the “Global Aging and Health: Enhancing Communities in Nicaragua” Program!

Global Aging and Health: Enhancing Communities in Nicaragua

Program Faculty

  • Dr. Margaret Neal, Director, Institute on Aging, and Professor, School of Community Health
  • Dr. Keren Brown Wilson, President, Jessie F. Richardson Foundation, and Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Community Health
  • Alan DeLaTorre, Research Faculty/Instructor, Institute on Aging

Program Description

This is a six-credit course offered to Capstone, undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students who apply for and are accepted to the program.  The program involves:

A one-term preparatory period in Portland, in which students will:

  • Develop the foundation for a two-week field experience in Nicaragua. A three-hour orientation will be held in late winter and classes will meet weekly during spring quarter

Two weeks+ in Nicaragua, in which students will:

  • Collaborate with local organizations focused on aging and community development issues
  • Work directly with older adults and implement planned projects, such as health fairs, health education trainings, and environmental improvement programs
  • Improve Spanish speaking abilities

Upon return from Nicaragua, students will:

  • Participate in a presentation concerning the program and their activities

For information, please contact:

Melissa Cannon, Graduate Research Assistant, 503-725-5236,

For a closer look into the 2009 program year, check out this insightful clip, filmed by documentary team students and artfully edited by program alum and former program leader, Cynthia Lopez!  The video won first prize from the Gerontological Society of America for a contest that called for the production of a short video answering the question “What does global aging mean to you?”

Video courtesy of Cynthia Lopez

So, let us know what global aging means to YOU!


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