I especially enjoyed one of my elective credit courses, called Global Health in a Local Context, taught by Dr. Michael Westerhaus. The course brought together students across all healthcare disciplines to learn about health disparities in communities across the Twin Cities.
In teaching the course in an experiential learning setting, students like myself were able to learn from members in the community about health and health disparities from their point of view, forging new relationships and new understandings about the healthcare system. The conversations and connections made were deeply meaningful, with life lessons I will take with me into my career and beyond.
Allison Fischbach is a second-year student in the MHA program. After graduation, she will join the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation as their Director of Operations. She is passionate about improving substance use and mental health treatment access across the nation and looks forward to working towards that goal in her new role.