The Boise State Association for the Advancement of Herders PonyUp campaign has closed, but you can still make a gift and support the program!
Just visit https://give.boisestate.edu/ and use HR180 in the Fund ID space.
We're incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support to help four students attend the Cultural Inclusion Institute. In less than a week, we reached our initial goal! But, we can still use your help! If we can raise an additional stretch goal of another $1,000, it will cover the full cost of all our meals and travel expenses so we won't have to pay so much out of pocket. This additional funding will make a big different and allow us experience this amazing professional development opportunity. If you've already donated to our project please continue to share it, and if not, please consider supporting us - even a little donation helps make big things happen!
Who are we?
The four of us are members of Boise’s Association for the Advancement of Herders (BAAH), an organization that started out as a student project in the School of Nursing. In the past 3 years, we’ve done clinics in first aid, foot and skin care, CPR, and nutrition and shared many meals and good times with a group of Peruvian sheepherders in Idaho. We just found out we have been invited to present a poster at the conference. We're so excited to share this good work with others and bring a bit of Idaho spirit to Texas!
What does this trip mean to us?
The most exciting part of this conference, for us, is meeting professionals and other students who have a passion for cultural inclusion in healthcare, and more importantly, hearing from experienced nurses, public health workers, and community health care professionals about real-life strategies for helping diverse patients. This is going to put tools in our hands for the BAAH group now. And as we take our place in the nursing profession in our growing, changing Boise and Treasure Valley, we'll watch these early lessons benefit our whole community.
What is the Cultural Inclusion Institute Conference?
The Cultural Inclusion Institute hosts a yearly conference to explore cultural issues in healthcare and nursing. This year the theme is Linking Social Determinants of Health to Health Disparities and Cultural Inclusion. The conference is a unique chance for students and professionals to talk about diversity in healthcare, strategies for reducing disparities, and advocating for social justice.
How can you help?
Donate! Share with family and friends who you think might also want to contribute to our cause. Donate anything you can to let us know you are thinking of us and wishing us well on this journey. Donate a lot of dollars and actually put us up in a hotel or put one of us on the plane to San Antonio. Whatever the case, you have our heartfelt thanks and huge smiles, and we’ll be sure to keep you updated on what we learn from this exciting, unmissable opportunity!
A little taste of the environment that the Peruvian sheepherders live in
Christmas and birthday celebrations
Walking miles with the sheep
The herders live in these wagons for over 5 months out of the year. When they are not staying here, they sleep in tents that leave them vulnerable to the elements.
Some of the members of the Boise Association for the Advancement of Herders (B.A.A.H. club)