Frenship grad travels to Nicaragua to document health care

A Frenship High School graduate will return to Nicaragua this spring with a group of students from the TTUHSC School of Nursing and School of Allied Health.

Zach Tijerina will shoot video to document medical work by the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center students.

During a trip to Nicaragua last year, he documented the efforts of first-year medical students to provide basic care in rural areas where people often get no health care at all, he said.

“I shot a video that we were able to produce, I think it was a 13-minute spot,” Tijerina said.

Tijerina said one group of students remained near a larger city, Jinotega, to treat more people, while a second group took a bus to more rural places that were an hour or two from the city.

“Literally, we would set up in places that were 100-square-feet. We were using bathrooms as little visitation rooms,” Tijerina said, adding that the students did the best they could to treat as many people as possible.

Tijerina said he enjoyed being able to contribute to such a cause.

“As a videographer, it was pretty cool to see how I could use my skills to help,” he said. “I was on a high when I got back.”

He is looking forward to seeing some of the children he saw last year, and hopes they will remember him.

“I feel like I made some kind of impact on them, and I hope they remember who I am,” he said.

Amy Moore, director of the RN-BSN program in the School of Nursing, said 11 students will be making the trip this spring to Jinotega, Nicaragua.

“It’s a huge blessing to get to go and help people who are in such need. These people have next to nothing, and they have little health care, if any,” she said. “Plus, you get to teach students at the same time.”

Moore said she is proud of Tijerina, noting that not only is he a friend of her son, but he was once a student in a Frenship school where she was a nurse.

“He has worked very hard to get where he is, and he does a very good job,” she said.

Tijerina, a former Frenship Today reporter, now works in the marketing office at TTUHSC. He graduated from FHS in 2005 and from Tech in 2009 with a degree in electronic media and communications.

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