Nursing, Faith, & Perry County, AL
Nursing Program Courses
Nursing, Faith, and Perry County
For more than 170 years, Judson College students have made a significant impact on the world around them by combining academics with faith-based service learning. They have participated in health-screenings in the surrounding community and helped with fundraisers to raise health-related awareness. They have partnered with local agencies to help enroll children in health insurance programs. Perry County is uniquely primed to offer nursing students many valuable hands on opportunities for learning, as you will quickly see…
Perry County and the surrounding counties of the Black Belt have the unfortunate distinction of possessing deplorable statistics related to poor health and poverty. Perry County and the Black Belt often lead the state in per capita cases of diabetes and hypertension.
From the most recently available census information, the Alabama Poverty Project reports that Perry County’s rate of poverty among its total population is 35.4%. Fully one-half of these people live with an income below 50% of the poverty threshold. In Perry County, roughly 49.2 percent of the children in the community and 26% of persons 65 years of age or older live in poverty. Further, the Health Resources and Services Administration notes there are “50 million underserved Americans who live in rural and poor urban neighborhoods where health services are scarce.” All of this translates simply into poor health in the Black Belt and the need for more help. All 12 counties within the Alabama Black Belt Region are described as “rural” with Perry County considered as “highly rural.”
Nursing students trained at Judson College have the unique opportunity to help community service organizations such as Sowing Seeds of Hope and the Perry County Health Department. You will find yourself helping to provide more data with regard to health care issues, pre-natal care, working to lower teen birth rates and much more.
A Judson education is unique in that our faculty and staff provide opportunities for both academic and spiritual growth. You’ll find weekly worship opportunities in the form of Awakening, our Monday night student-led event, and Chapel services, where visiting pastors and well-known Christian figures come to speak. Our students are encouraged to grow their faith. With our close ties to the Alabama Baptist Convention, you'll find it difficult not to get involved in service projects on campus and in the community.
Our students have helped build new homes for people in the community, headed local GED programs, gathered school supplies for children, cleaned up parks and cemeteries and traveled the world ministering. As a nursing student at Judson College – where knowledge and faith walk hand in hand with serving others - you get more than you bargain for; you get the whole package.