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Hay is for Horses and Planetree is too!

National University faculty, staff, students and their families, along with Dean, Dr. Gloria McNeal, of the School of Health and Human Services came together on Saturday, July 8th, to celebrate Collaboration, Innovation, and Acknowledgement (C.I.A.) Day at the Rolling Horse Ranch in Ramona, California.
National University is the first educational institution to create a pathway to Planetree Designation. The mission is to establish an academic partnership between Planetree and National University's School of Health and Human Services and its stakeholders with the mutual goal to achieve a Planetree-designated status , and through this, students graduate prepared to foster the principles of person-centered approach to patient care.  There are several opportunities to get involved with this process.  Faculty and staff can join various committees to provide input in the process, contact Christy Schumacher to get involved.  Students and alumni also have an opportunity to get involved by participating in the Planetree Student and Alumni Committee, if you are interested in getting involved and becoming the kind of leader that makes waves in patient care, contact Hollie Baptista Saldana or Beth Ann Reed

It was a fun evening of horse riding, learning about the Heart of Horsemanship program, networking, and just enjoying the outdoors.  Rolling Horse Ranch is owned and operated by National University faculty member, Dr. Ellen Kaye Gehrke.  The Heart of Horsemanship program is an equine therapy learning experience that functions as a holistic approach to health and healing.  To learn more about this program, click here.  This program has been providing individuals who experience anxiety and stress related to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with a unique way to cope without the use of pharmaceuticals. As a student at National University, it is very inspiring to see all the things my professors work on outside of the classroom and know that someday, soon, that will be me too.


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