Health horizons international
Health Horizon International’s mission is to provide quality primary health care to underserved patients of the Dominican Republic and to build local capacity for achieving improved community health. Through partnering international medical service trips with community-based health initiatives, we work to promote well-being and access to health care. (http://hhidr.org/what-we-do/).
The Tufts team (Tufts HHI), in accordance with this mission, researches a project topic each fall, which they then implement during the winter break in the Puerto Plata region of the Dominican Republic. During a full week, they work closely with an on-site Executive Director and Public Health Director, as well as Community Health workers to better serve the communities in which they work in. Members of HHI also spend the academic year organizing fundraising events to support the cost of their project.
This year’s (2012-2013) topic will look at the effects of traditional/natural medicines have on chronic disease such as diabetes and hypertension. Additionally, the team will look to continue a Healthy lifestyle Initiative started last year by conducting a mini-project with the “comados” or grocery stores/street vendors in the communities to encourage healthy food choices for the residents of the three communities they volunteer in each year.
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