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ATSU-ASDOH Students Participate in Poverty Simulation

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ATSU ASDOH PhotoA.T. Still University Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) recently held a poverty simulation. The event taught students to understand the challenges associated with poverty, building empathy and preparing them to better serve their future patients. ATSU faculty and staff acted as policeman, bankers, Department of Economic Security employees, bus drivers and school teachers to simulate a community experience. Through the simulation, students experienced what it would be like to feel the stress of those struggling with the pressures of poverty. Students were given a role and scenario with the choice of which resources to use in short amounts of time.

“The poverty simulation was real to me because I experienced a situation similar to this,” says third-year student MinJae Kim. “Growing up, my friends and I knew our parents worked so hard to make ends meet. It was barely enough, but in the end poverty trickles down and affects the children. Everyone in the family suffers when people live in poverty. The poverty simulation gave me a better idea of how much parents have to sacrifice for their families. I now realize how much my parents sacrificed for me. When I graduate and go work in these communities, I will have a better idea of how to motivate, inspire, and give hope to these people to break the cycle of poverty."

Approximately 70 third-year dental students participated in the event. It was led by Lorree Ratto, Ph.D., chair of medical simulation and Lisa McNeil, medical simulation technician. 

Courtesy of Anne Ackroyd, Public Relations Specialist, A.T. Still University Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health

Published on February 13, 2019

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