Versailles, Ky. – Nine college students will arrive in Hyden, Ky., on June 11, prepared for a summer of service to the communities and residents of rural eastern Kentucky. Every summer Frontier Nursing University (FNU) gives college students from around the country an opportunity to participate in the Courier Program.
In 1928, FNU founder Mary Breckinridge established the Courier Program, recruiting young people to work in the Kentucky Mountains and learn about service to humanity. Couriers escorted guests safely through remote terrain, delivered medical supplies to remote outpost clinics, and helped nurse-midwives during home visits and births. Frontier has benefited tremendously from the 1,600 Couriers who have served since 1928.
The Courier Program is a service-learning experience that provides an opportunity for students interested in public health, health care or related fields to see what it is like to provide medical care to an underserved population.
“We are very excited to welcome these fantastic students to the Courier Program,” said FNU Courier Program Coordinator Tara Dykes-Barnes. “We hope they have a rewarding experience serving in Appalachia. We are proud to welcome them to the FNU Courier family.”
Meet the nine students who are answering the call to serve in rural Kentucky this summer:
Sarah is a 20-year-old attending Williams College in Massachusetts. Originally from Macon, Georgia, Sarah is working on a double major in biology and psychology and will be spending fall 2019 studying in Amsterdam.
Breanna is a public health pre-med student at Eastern Kentucky University. She is involved in the honors program, the service council, and Alpha Phi Omega. She hopes to pursue an MD and Master of Public Health (MPH) dual degree.
Audrey is a rising junior at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada. She is studying honors philosophy with a minor in health and society. Audrey is part of her school’s first aid team, providing coverage at UBC community events. She also works with the education and outreach branch of the team, facilitating workshops on student health.
Emily is a recent Skidmore College graduate from Andover, Massachusetts. She has a degree in neuroscience and a minor in theater. She spent the last year working on her thesis looking into maternal and paternal methamphetamine use in fruit flies. She has been an EMT for three years and has volunteered with several hospice organizations. She hopes to become a palliative care doctor or a forensic pathologist.
Daniel is a 22-year-old from northern California. He is currently a student at Brigham Young University. Daniel is passionate about the medical field and hopes to attend medical school after graduation.
Reilly is a 21-year-old from northern California but will be relocating to Franklin, Tennessee after completing the Courier Program to start a nursing program in August. She would like to become a nurse-midwife and is excited to learn from other nurse-midwives.
Eric is a 20-year-old rising junior from Saint John, Indiana. He attends Wabash College, where he is majoring in psychology with a minor in global health and chemistry. His hope is to attend medical school. He is a member of Phi Delta Theta and has been involved in the Wabash Dance Marathon, Global Health Initiative, the Public Health Organization, and the baseball team.
Originally from New Jersey, Dorn moved to Maine in the summer of 2001. Dorn is a junior in the nursing program at the University of Maine at Fort Kent and hopes to continue working in the medical field with a focus on population health.
HaLee is from Hyden, Kentucky. FNU’s first official “local courier,” HaLee graduated from Leslie County High School in Hyden. She plans to obtain her RN license next year. After that, she hopes to attend FNU to obtain a master’s degree with a specialty as a family nurse practitioner. Her ultimate goal is to become a pediatric nurse practitioner and serve rural communities.
Read more about each 2019 Courier and see their photos at Frontier.edu/Meetthe2019Couriers.
About Frontier Nursing University:
The mission of FNU is to provide accessible nurse-midwifery and nurse practitioner education to prepare competent, entrepreneurial, ethical, and compassionate leaders in primary care to serve all individuals with an emphasis on women and families in diverse, rural, and underserved populations. FNU offers graduate Nurse-Midwifery and Nurse-Practitioner distance education programs that can be pursued full- or part-time with the student’s home community serving as the classroom. Degrees and options offered include Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or Post-Graduate Certificates. To learn more about FNU and the programs and degrees offered, please visit Frontier.edu.