“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 our neighbor’s in Haiti – and 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.
Most people living in Haiti are at high risk for major infectious diseases, in many cases because of unsafe water, inadequate housing, poor sanitation, and widespread poverty. Good opportunities for education are limited in Haiti. Importantly, when project coordinators asked SUNY Broome students from Haiti what kinds of projects we should focus on, they identified the children and young adults as most in need of resources and educational opportunities.
Our projects are aimed at helping communities to have sustainable access to nutritious food, clean water, adequate shelter, educational opportunities, healthcare and good sanitation.
Professor Maureen Hankin is Chairperson of the Dental Hygiene Program at SUNY Broome Community College and co-creator of Health for Haiti. Maureen was inspired to create this unique global service learning course after traveling to Haiti as part of a dental mission.
Dr. Jen Musa is a proud member of the top notch Department of Biology at SUNY Broome Community College and is the co-creator of Health for Haiti. Jen was and continues to be inspired by her Dad’s work in Haiti.