Healthcare Delivery St. Regis Mohawk

This 3-credit study away course is designed to provide undergraduate students on a healthcare track (particularly nursing students with exposure to an American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) culture and health care delivery system. Emphasis will be placed on exploring health issues and risk factors, the impact of cultural characteristics on health disparity, health outcomes, and health care delivery and utilization, and the achievement of health-related goals. Students will be required to complete two class sessions online prior to departure and one class session after.

While on location during the program there will be many site visits, field trips and cultural activities included. Students will meet with local tribal members and healthcare professionals (nurses and doctors), healthcare administrators with in the St. Regis Healthcare System. The program includes visits to the Tribal Medical Clinic, Diabetes Center and Outreach Department.
In addition to healthcare visits, you will also have cultural enrichment experiences including visits to the Cultural Center, Community Gardens, museum, library and more. One of the highlight experiences includes getting to participate on a medicine walk trail through the woods. 

Students must have completed sophomore nursing coursework or the equivalent. Please contact Tim Crawford with questions.

What You'll Accomplish: 

As an engaged and active participant in this program, you will have the opportunity to develop:

  • An understanding of health disparities of the AI/AN population
  • A basis for comparison of the health care system of Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal community with the general US health care system
  • A connection with the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal culture’s influence on its community’s health outcomes, health care delivery system and utilization
  • Ability to identify the major health problems/risk factors in Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal community
  • Reflection on the impact of the study away experience on personal and professional growth

You will stay on the Saint Regis Mohawk Reservation in Akwesasne which is located in up-state New York along the Canadian border.  The Reservation is a semi-autonomous Native American-governed territory. The reservation has its own governing structure, constitution, president, laws and has a very different culture, history and climate.  You will stay in Akwasasne near Hogansburg. It is about an hour and a half from Plattsburg, NY and two and a half hours from Burlington, VT. The Saint Regis Mohawk Reservation has an estimated population of 3,300. The reservation is about 19 square miles. Although the land is vast, much of it is not suitable for agricultural uses due to challenging climate, soil and water conditions. 

Where You'll Live: 

You will stay just off the reservation in Akwesasne during the program. The hotel is in close proximity to the reservation and project sites you will visit during the program. Final hotel accommodations will be finalized later in the spring semester. We will set a meeting location and departure location with instructions on when and how to arrive later in the spring semester. You can expect the following with your accommodations:

  • Double-occupancy hotel rooms
  • En-Suite bathroom
  • Small workspace
  • Hotel reception area
  • Breakfast included
  • Access to coffee/tea making area  
  • Wi-Fi

We do our best to provide the most accurate information about housing and amenities but due to the nature of the locations in which we offer programs and limited availability, these items are subject to change.  Contact your program manager with any questions.

What You'll Study: 

You'll earn a total of 3 credits on the Healthcare Delivery St. Regis program. The program will include 2 pre-departure class meeting and 1 post-proram session in addition to the 1-week program. These session will be held online. Everyone who participates on the program will take the same course. The course is taught by Pitt professor Denise Charron-Prochownik. You will also learn directly from the community health providers. The course will be comprised of lectures, guest speakers, and cultural activities. In this course you will study:


  • Health disparities of the AI/AN population 
  • Compare AI/AN health care system (St. Regis Mohawk) to that of US
  • Influence of AI/AN culture (especially St. Regis Mohawk: health beliefs, customs, traditional medicine) on health outcomes
  • Health issues in AI/AN population (especially St. Regis Mohawk: e.g., diabetes, cancer, heart, industrial plant pollution/environmental issue)
  • Culturally tailoring health education materials for AI/AN population 
  • Components of a culturally competent health assessment 
  • Cultural restoration program at St. Regis Mohawk

*This course counts towards the Global Health Certificate


If you are seeking to count these courses towards a major, minor or certificate, please meet with your adviser to discuss this program and what the courses will fulfill for you. Information about how the courses on this program count towards general education requirements for different schools and campuses can be found here.

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe: For this program, we partner directly with the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe
Heather Garrow, BS.  Tribal Coordinator, Heather Garrow, BS, Director of the Diabetes Center within the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe's Health Services, Akwesasne, NY

Your Pitt Study Abroad Contacts: 

Tim Crawford

Hi Everyone! I’m Tim, and I am the Assistant Director for Domestic Study Away Programming. I have experience running international study abroad programs and programs here at home in the United States. I was fortunate to have many experiential learning opportunities, both international and domestic, during my college career. Being from a small town in Central Pennsylvania, my experiences opened my eyes to the rest of the world and helped open my eyes to different cultures and career opportunities I’d love to help you take advantage of the numerous experiential learning opportunities here at Pitt. Outside of the office, I’m always looking for the next adventure. I love traveling, hate sitting still and love doing anything outdoors, in all seasons. Personally, I’m on a quest to visit as many national parks as possible. I’d love to talk to you more about any of our study away programs, answer any of your questions and help you find the right opportunity. Please reach me via email at

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Your In-Country Contacts: 

Denise Charron-Prochownik

Denise Charron-Prochownik, PhD, RN, CPNP, FAAN Professor Nursing and Graduate School of Public Health Chairman Department of Health Promotion and Development School of Nursing. My research emphasis is theory-based intervention studies to enhance cognitive/psychosocial factors that impact health behavior and outcomes in children and adolescents with diabetes. I have conducted several funded projects in the areas of instrumentation, program development and evaluation, and survey designs. I have received funding from NIH, the American Diabetes Association, and Eli Lilly to develop, implement and evaluate online education-counseling intervention studies regarding reproductive health and preconception counseling in adolescent and young adult women with diabetes; and my current funded projects are targeting Latina and American Indian communities. 
Office Address: 440 Victoria Bldg
University of Pittsburgh
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Items Billed by Pitt

  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $2,328 $2,528
Study Abroad Fee $300 $300
Total Billed by Pitt $2,628 $2,828

Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs

Airfare $350
Personal Expenses $100

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

The amounts above are for the 2019-2020 academic year and should be used as estimates only. Pricing for 2020-2021 will be posted and announced in the fall term.

What's Included: 

As a part of your program fee, the following are included:

  • Double-occupancy hotels
  • Ground transportation upon arrival to pre-determined meeting location
  • Most meals are included
  • Cultural Activities and Excursions which may include
    •  Precepted experiences (e.g., nurses, health care professionals, health administrators)
    • Site visits to Saint Regis health care system (e.g., Tribal Medical Clinic, Diabetes Center, Outreach Dept.)
    • Cultural enrichment experiences (e.g., Cultural Center, community gardens, museum, library, medicine walk trail through woods)
When You'll Go: 

Dates for the 2020-2021 academic year will be posted in the fall!

What Else You Need to Know: 
  • Additional Requirements: Sophomore nursing coursework or the equivalent
  • Two class sessions prior to departure and 1 class session after the conclusion of the program. These sessions will be conducted online 
  • This course counts towards the Global Health Certificate
  • Due to the nature of the program, the schedule is subject to change. There may be instances where a guest speaker or visit needs to be rescheduled. We ask for your patience and understanding in advance..
  • Remember that this is an academic program and that you should expect to invest the same amount of time and effort on your courses abroad as you would on a course at Pitt. 
  • There are required excursions and activities outside of normal scheduled classes.
  • Independent travel is not permitted during the program.