On February 21, Drs. Lew Lampiris and Rumay Alexander presented a session on poverty simulation as an educational tool for dental and nursing students as part of the Program on Health Workforce Research and Policy Seminar Series at the Cecil G. Sheps Center.
The team described their work with dental students and with nursing students utilizing the simulation to increase learner understanding of the challenges faced by families in poverty. The learners are faced with normal situations and decisions for families living in poverty and see the real consequences for their decisions. This session provides valuable insight into the lives of the patients these learners will interact with in the future.
Dr. Lampiris is a Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Dentist in Service to Communities (DISC) Program at the UNC School of Dentistry.
Dr. Alexander is the Interim Chief Diversity Officer Special Assistant to the Chancellor as well as Professor and Director of Inclusive Excellence at the UNC School of Nursing.