Health for Haiti is SUNY Broome’s first faculty-led, credit-bearing, global service learning course. Launched in January 2014, the focus of this interdisciplinary four-credit course is to provide humanitarian assistance to the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere – Haiti, and to prepare college students to contribute to global security and prosperity. Students explore the dynamics between poverty, education and health care by engaging in service projects that address pressing community needs identified by our partners in Haiti.
The World Health Organization defines holistic health as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being rather than merely the absence of disease or infirmity (1). Therefore, Health for Haiti projects are designed to impact many aspects of life for the communities that we serve and there is a place in the course for students with all types of backgrounds and experiences. By partnering with local volunteers who have experience working in Haiti and a Haitian doctor, SUNY Broome and other SUNY students can use their training to help deliver health education and medical services at clinics and participate in projects aimed at providing clean water, solar power, education, and computer literacy training.
Past projects have included:
- Solar Power
- Clean Water
- Hands-on and Digital Art and Music Education
- Computer Literacy Training
- Education on Nutrition and Hygiene
- Construction of a Hand-Washing Station in Grande Saline
- Construction of a Bathroom Facility in Grande Saline
- Creation and Support of a Sewing School
- ProjectP (Reproductive Health Workshop for Women and Girls)
- Assist with Medical and Dental Clinics
- Assist with Community Garden
- Food Distributions in Cite Soleil and Grande Saline
- Socialization with Orphans
Please use the links below to download information about how you can apply for the 2017 Health for Haiti class or how you can support Health for Haiti’s projects by donating supplies.
1. Preamble to the Constitution of the World Health Organization as adopted by the International Health Conference, New York, 19-22 June, 1946; signed on 22 July 1946 by the representatives of 61 States (Official Records of the World Health Organization, no. 2, p. 100) and entered into force on 7 April 1948.