Brandy Baillargeon of Watertown, a family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, traveled to Ghana through Upstate nurse Lauri Rupracht’s Americans Serving Abroad Project. She was touched by the gratitude of those she helped in several villages during the eight-day medical mission, including a baby girl who has problems with her feet. Baillargeon helped fashion some braces for her, using tongue depressors and high-top sneakers, and made arrangements for her to be seen at a hospital a few hours from her village. Baillargeon is a student in Upstate’s doctor of nursing practice program.
This article appears in the summer 2017 issue of Upstate Health magazine. To hear more about the Americans Serving Abroad Project in Ghana and how you might participate or help out, listen to this podcast/radio interview with Rupracht and fellow Upstate nurse Caitlin Phalen on Upstate’s “HealthLink on Air.”