Monday, January 14, 2013

the New American Preparatory Academy Elective

The New American Preparatory Academy, NAPA, is a transition school for immigrant and refugee children and is located just behind our campus and across from Cardinal Glennon on Grand. Students at NAPA from grades K-10 receive accelerated English training, an introduction to the US culture and school system, and exposure to educational expectations and opportunities. And it’s because of our new-found partnership with this amazing school that we’re able to offer two unique elective experiences for SLU SOM students.

Serve as a patient navigator and advocate on behalf of your patient family during their doctor’s visits to Cardinal Glennon. You’ll work to establish a trust relationship with your assigned family, assist them with arranging their appointments and making travel accommodations, and finally, attend their appointments and support them during their visit with the doctor.


Serve as a Health Educator by assisting with developing and teaching a health literacy curriculum for families whose children attend NAPA. Health Educators teach monthly classes to the NAPA families on a wide-range of topics (see list below) in the hopes of broadening the impact we make in this community.
  • Fevers/Viruses/Cold
  • Nutrition
  • Asthma and Allergies
  • Primary Care- how to find a primary care provider
  • Doctor’s office visit
  • Patients’ rights and responsibilities
  • Yearly physical exam
  • Skin diseases- ringworm, impetigo
  • Chronic diseases such as diabetes

We’ll continue to improve the curriculum from the feedback and suggestions we receive from the families who attend.

We understand that some students have already committed to a 12-week elective so, this semester we are opening up these opportunities with NAPA to a limited number of interested volunteers.

In the coming months, we’ll be working with NAPA to offer field trips for their students to our medical campus. Student in grades 9 and 10 will get the opportunity to learn basic suturing skills and laproscopic surgery from Dr. Greg Smith and meet with medical school students to talk about what it takes to become a doctor. So, stay tuned for additional emails.


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