Collaboration of UNAIR Students to Deal with Health Problems in 5 Health Centers in Surabaya

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KKN IPE Students for Patient Safety field having a discussion (Photo: Personal Documentation)

UNAIR NEWS – As of this year, there is a new type of Community Service program (KKN), a collaboration between various faculties of UNAIR in the health field. It is called Inter Professional Education (IPE) Community Service Program. Batch I which is conducted from May 5 to July 20. This KKN is held in five community health centers (Puskesmas) in the city of Surabaya.

In its implementation, 110 students from six faculties and eight programs were assigned to five health centers in Surabaya. They are from programs in medicine, midwifery, dental dental medicine, pharmacy, public health, nutrition, nursing, and psychology.

They were divided into five health centers and five health topics, HIV in Sememi Health Centers, Extraordinary Events (KLB) at Wonokromo Health Center, Disaster Management at Benowo Health Center, Narcotics, Psychotropics and other Addictive Substances at Manukan Kulon Health Center, and Patient Safety at Kedurus Health Center.

Dr. Prihartini Widiyanti, drg., M.Kes, S. Bio, CCD as Coordinator of IPE UNAIR said that IPE UNAIR is an interactive active learning system between two or more professions. Among the objectives are improving patient care, reducing medical errors, and improving health status in the community. So, KKN IPE is more to health related science and health related faculty.

“All of these professions must be able to collaborate and conceptualize problem solutions. They will make an interprofessional care project output,” said Yanti.

In the field, students will collaborate with all health personnel such as doctors, midwives, pharmacists, nurses, and all the health teams in the health centers.

“This collaboration will prevent problems like double diagnostics and incorrect referrals,” Yanti said about collaboration between students and all existing health personnel.

In the implementation of Community Service Program, students are guided by DP2D (advising lecturer for village development). There are also field supervisors from Head of Puskesmas or staff appointed by puskesmas to assist students.

UNAIR KKN IPE Students collaborate with Health Agency of Surabaya (Photo: Personal Documentation)

KKN which will take place for the next three months, Yanti hoped that students will start a moral movement, make them more concerned about the existing problems. The collaboration will not make students think that their professions are more superior.

Although batch 1 is limited in the city of Surabaya, UNAIR KKN IPE team is designing a Community Service Program that will be held in the area around Surabaya, including Gerbangkertosusila (Gresik – Bangkalan – Mojokerto – Surabaya – Sidoarjo – Lamongan).

Yanti hoped that, in line with the objectives of IPE, this program can provide experience and medium for students to apply their knowledge in the field.

“Hopefully, in the future there will be improvements in quality of service, which will lead to an improvement in public health status,” Yanti said. (*)

Author: Binti Q. Masruroh

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