A meal from the Mensa, a college cafeteria not far from Kent State Florence

Touring a Mensa Kitchen

We had the opportunity to visit the Mensa, a college cafeteria not far from the Kent State University Florence campus. The building was covered in graffiti, had raggedy couches lining the outside walls and seemed[…]

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Museo Biomedical in Careggi Hospital

We visited the pathological wax museum, Museo Biomedical in Careggi Hospital, the main hospital in Florence. Michaelangelo’s art students used to assist physicians in understanding the human body by examining corpses, along with fetal specimens,[…]

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Cinque Terre

Long Weekend Adventures

While attending the Florence Health Institute, we have enjoyed long weekends every week which has allowed us to travel and explore. Our first weekend in Italy was very eventful! Half of our group traveled to[…]

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Exploring Siena, Italy

During our second week of classes, we took a field trip to Siena where we stopped at the VisMederi lab, the Duomo, and the Santa Maria Della Scala. At the lab, we heard two lectures,[…]

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View from the top floor overlook of a hospital in Poggibonsi looks out over the countryside.

Field Trip to Poggibonsi Hospital

During our first week of classes in Italy, the Florence Health Institute students traveled to a public hospital in Poggibonsi. While we were visiting, we met with Dr. Benaim, the hospital’s urologist, who gave a[…]

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An example of Roman architecture.

Arriving in Florence, Italy

The first week of our journey in Italy has been full of new sights and experiences. One of the first things we noticed was the beautiful architecture and how it compared to what we’re used[…]

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Women were kept behind heavy iron barred doors in inhumane conditions inside the Women's Dungeon.

Elmina Slave Castle

Elmina Castle is the oldest building in Africa south of the Sahara desert, standing for 537 years. As the largest slave castle in the transatlantic slave trade, it now pays respect to the millions of[…]

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Kent nursing students pose with nurses and nursing students from Accra, Ghana.

Willows International and R3M

Ghana Health Services, in partnership with several organizations like Willows Foundation, has implemented the R3M Program, “Reducing Maternal Morbidity and Mortality,” in an effort to provide government resources for Women’s’ Initiatives throughout the country. While[…]

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