The foundation of this group begins with (1) an understanding that there are vast disparities in access to health care and health education throughout the world and (2) a recognition that, while we as students are not trained physicians or public health experts, we are passionate about doing anything we can to make the world a better place. Our aim is to learn about a community and ask: How can we use our skills and resources to address a public health problem in partnership with existing in-country organizations? With collaborative, interdisciplinary student teams, we use any skills we can offer (survey collection, data analysis, education) to assist in addressing a specific public health problem in each community that we’re working with. The projects done in sites abroad are done with long-term commitments to our partners, as well as to future members of the Yale organization itself.
Public health research: Teams will leave for Ecuador, Nicaragua, and New Haven to research childhood obesity, sexting and sexual health, and diabetes management amongst Hispanic women, respectively.