Project Status: Current
Duration: Summer/Fall 2019
Location: Antigua, Guatemala
A rigorous investigation and appraisal of the interactions between local Guatemalan healthcare providers in Antigua and visiting surgical teams.
I will be working with the NAPA-OT Field School in Antigua Guatemala with Stephanie Roche MPH and Dr. Rachel Hall-Clifford PHD MPH MSC as well as others from across the United States. Furthermore, I will attend the Tecun Uman Spanish School to receive intensive Spanish grammar instruction, live in a Guatemalan home stay, and attend daily lectures on public health from NAPA-OT faculty.
The goals of this project are set out by the Field School below:
To explore the perspectives of Guatemalan health care providers on their experiences with visiting surgical teams in Guatemala
To understand the processes and participants involved in short-term surgical missions, from patient identification to triage to surgery to post-operative care
To identify points for strengthened collaboration and process improvement between local providers and visiting surgical teams
To understand the impacts of humanitarian aid and development paradigms on the Guatemalan health system
To develop social justice and occupational justice analyses of short-term surgical missions
April 8th, 2019
After review, the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering decided to increase their initial contribution to $5000 by also awarding me the BME Jain Fellowship Stipend - this fully covers all of my expenses to go to Antigua with the Field School. I am extremely thankful to the Department and am looking forward to sharing my progress here.
March, 2nd 2019
With huge thanks to Dr. Susan Margulies, Chair of Georgia Tech’s Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, and to Georgia Tech donors, I was awarded the BME Prucka Student Travel Award and $2500 to offset travel expenses.