U of W, WWAMI Public Health 2018

University of Washington, WWAMI, 2018
March 12-16, 2018

ViviendasLeón and the University of Washington, WWAMI will partner for the first time this March to launch our rural public health initiative. Students from the School of Medicine will work with rural health partners from the National Health Agency MINSA to address health challenges in the rural region of León. Students will develop a project that meets the needs of the community's overall public health challenges.

Chronic diseases including diabetes, diarrhea, renal disease and malnutrition, stemming from causes including contaminated water, insufficient diet, heat exposure, vectors and inadequate sanitation will be some issues that students address through the capacity building of the rural volunteer health workers known as Brigadistas. 

By working directly with the Brigadistas, students will learn firsthand what it is like to provide care in isolated locations. Providing Brigadistas with training regarding nutrition will provide them with new options to help rural populations meet their health needs with limited resources. Students will also learn from Nicaraguan health professionals the context in which they do their work from state funded institutions in urban centers to under resourced rural healthcare.