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Students study, serve in Dominican Republic


Traditional Dominican drumming and impromptu dancing amid peals of laughter punctuated an evening welcome event for eight Cornell Global Health students May 28 in the Dominican Republic’s capital city, Santo Domingo, kicking off Cornell’s second eight-week summer collaboration there.

The program is an immersion in language, culture and community life. It includes a homestay, lectures and visits to hospitals and other health-related institutions, service rotations in the ANDA medical clinic and a public primary care facility, group travel and a research methods course with teams of Cornell and Dominican students. The research teams plan to present initial findings at Cornell in September.

Said ANDA director Dr. Angel Pichardo: “Last year was our first program here, and … we had so much success both because of the seriousness of the students from Cornell University as well as the dedication of many people here. … This year we have a capable and enthusiastic group of Dominican students who will be co-researchers and participants.”

The Cornell Global Health Program, CUSLAR and the ANDA clinic have developed the undergraduate summer study and research program in the Dominican Republic with community health and holistic medicine at its center. The three institutions highlight the range of political, economic and historical factors that affect individual and community health, and they propose an intervention model based on the right to health and healthy food in resource-poor regions.

Follow students’ reflections and essays throughout the summer.

- Tim Shenk, CUSLAR