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Global Public Health - Honduras

Campus Ministry

Global public health extends beyond national boundaries and seeks to prevent disease and achieve equity in health for all people worldwide. It is rooted in a philosophy of social justice and its goal is to end disparities in health that are driven by age, gender, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual preference, and geography. The theory and practice of public health are closely aligned with the teachings of Pope Francis’ visionary encyclical Laudato Si’ that calls upon all people to care for our planet, end social and economic injustice, and prevent disease, disability and premature death.

Boston College's Global Public Health – Honduras (GPH-Honduras) is a service-immersion program committed to working with the poor and marginalized in Honduras. The program emphasizes service that enables students to observe first-hand the social and economic determinants of health and disease that impact marginalized and poor populations. The heart of our work is spent in the community surrounding Comayagua. APUFRAM International's main campus in Flores will serve as our home base.

We will meet biweekly throughout the spring 2018 semester to learn about the structural and social realities that leave some people impoverished and marginalized, to gain a basic knowledge of global public health, understand the challenges and innovations of global public health, and also to learn about the history, politics and culture of Honduras. We will draw on Boston College’s Jesuit tradition in considering how faith might ask us to respond to social injustices.

Requirements

  • Applicants must:

    • Be current Boston College undergraduates in the Class of 2019, 2020, or 2021

    • Have a valid passport

    • Be able to commit to all required meetings, including biweekly group meetings and the overnight retreat

    • Not be participants in another 2017-18 international service-immersion trip

  • Applicants DO NOT:

    • Need to speak Spanish

    • Need to be a Life Science major

    • Need to be in the Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences

Applications can be submitted via this link. The application asks for basic BC demographic information, and has five short answer questions about your interest in global health, reflection, and participation in this service-immersion trip. Want to type your responses in Word first? The short answer questions are:

  1. Why are you interested in global public health?
  2. What would you gain from the trip experience? What would you contribute to it?
  3. How have you experienced reflection during your time at BC? How would you utilize it as a participant in this program
  4. What are your future career plans?
  5. What activities are you involved in on- and off-campus?
     

Trip Date and Cost

The Global Public Health – Honduras trip is Saturday, July 28 to Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, and costs $900, which includes travel from Miami to Honduras, as well as accommodations and meals in Honduras. Because we're traveling during summer break, students are responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from Miami. Students are also responsible for any costs related to necessary travel vaccinations. (See below for required vaccinations). We will be involved in some collective group fundraising projects to help defray the costs of participation as possible. Contact us with any questions or concerns about costs.

 

Safety Abroad

Boston College considers the safety of participants an absolute priority. We not only consider the U.S. Department of State’s assessment of travel in a particular country, we also are in constant communication with our trusted In-Country Partner Organizations (ICPs). We choose to collaborate with organizations that not only understand our philosophy and vision, but are also clear about making health and safety an absolute priority.

APUFRAM International has a network of people living and working in the places we visit who understand the political climate, and know not to venture into particular places or situations that could pose a risk or threat to our group. Additionally, all ICPs the University works with have health and safety protocols that complement our expectations, the training we conduct for our leaders, and the resources we provide them.

 

Vaccinations

Per the CDC, all participants should be up to date on:

Through participating in Global Public Health – Honduras, students will be able to...

  1. Learn how social, economic, and environmental factors shape patterns of health and disease in populations.
  2. Gain an understanding of the politics of social and economic injustice.
  3. Experience the power of visionary individuals and organizations to combat injustice and improve the health of populations.
  4. Articulate what it means to live in solidarity with the marginalized and, utilizing Ignatian discernment, reflect on ways they might translate their experiences into action.

THOMAS CHILES
Professor and Deluca Chair of Biology
Vice Provost for Research and Academic Planning
CONTACT
Higgins Hall 414
Telephone: (617) 552-0840 // Email: thomas.chiles@bc.edu

CARLY ANDERSON
Campus Minister, 4Boston
CONTACT
McElroy 123
Telephone: (617) 552-4829 // Email: carly.anderson@bc.edu

RYAN HEFFERNAN
Associate Director, Campus Ministry
CONTACT
McElroy 117
Telephone: (617) 552-3170 // Email: ryan.heffernan@bc.edu