UCHI to be published in the Journal of Global Health Perspectives, our chapters host some amazing events, and we introduce our brand new donation page!
It has been a great couple of months here at UCHI. We're sorry we missed you in March, but hope we can make it up to you by sharing some of the truly exciting things our staff and our chapters have been up to since then!

Our first piece of news is that an article written by our very own Dr. Ami Ben-Artzi, Christine Ha, Nicolá s Pascal, Will Smelko, and Tu Tran has been accepted for publication in the first edition of the Journal of Global Health Perspectives. We are so honored that the submitted abstract (see below) was received by the Journal with such praise. Editor-in-Chief Alex Fogal commented that, "the proposed article is very important and will provide a valuable resource to the global health community." Professor Dr. Paul Norwood of UCSF added, "This working paper will make a substantial contribution. The concepts presented are extremely important. I commend the authors for their willingness to discuss a difficult truth." We will be sure to keep you updated when the full article is published.

Title: International Aid with a Long-term Perspective: Proposed Guidelines for Effective Development through Community Partnerships Based on the Haitian Experience
Authors: Ami Ben-Artzi, Christine Ha, Nicolá s Pascal, Will Smelko, Tu Tran
Abstract: The attainment of adept international partnership outcomes in the global world—particularly in exacerbated settings such as Haiti—are hampered by a lack of sustainability principles and limited capacity building opportunities, such as institutional development. This is further compounded by the unintended consequences of volunteerism and inadequate empowerment of local communities. Although volunteerism may provide lower income countries with benefits, there are impending pitfalls. Since this form of assistance is compartmentalized, rather than institutionalized, the capacity building of the society remains isolated. This risks fragmentation when greater cohesion is required. The conditions in Haiti call for more strategic partnerships to harness and realize latent development potential.
Institutional partnering is an effective methodology for developing pertinent interventions with socially marginalized communities; although implementation is challenging, it is necessary for long-term change. To effectively attenuate social disparities in poverty stricken, chronically underserved populations, interventions must act collaboratively through unyielding institutional partnerships. In order to diminish social disparities one must address information and access issues to reduce innovation barriers. This paper presents a bilateral partnership between the Universite d’Etat d’Haïti (UEH) and the University of California (UC) and describes the principles used to stimulate effective development that sets the stage for an institutional partnership.

Coming Together For a Cause:

UC Santa Cruz's Creative Awareness-Raising Event

by Lydia Lambert, UCSC

The Haiti Awareness Night on March 6th was put on by the UCSC UCHI club and students from the course "Crisis in Haiti." It was sponsored by the College Nine and College Ten Student Senates. The event showcased three speakers; Tony Hoffman who teaches "Crisis in Haiti," Chelsea George from Action Santa Cruz, and Christopher Barkan, a UCSC Ph.D student who has spent a year in Haiti. The event also included a screening of Paul Lynch's "For a Sovereign Haiti." 

Students created posters and visual aids with information on Haiti's history, health facts, and facts about the earthquake and reconstruction efforts. A group also gathered together some Haitian music to play. UCHI @ UCSC served a large selection of Haitian food cooked by Ms. George and students, including polenta, pink salad, rice and beans, chicken and fresh fruit. There were about 60 attendees, a little less than half of whom were students from Professor Hoffman's class. Our Santa Cruz chapter had a great response from those who attended and were interested in joining UCHI.

Preparing for Nature’s Next Attack:
The UCHI/State University of Haiti-sponsored Disaster Response Training Project

When the earthquake struck Port-au-Prince on January 12, 2010, medical students at the State University of Haiti (UEH) sought to help control the chaos nature had unleashed on their home. In the midst of that chaos, it became clear that there was a lack of emergency medicine and disaster response curriculum in UEH curriculum. The medical chapter of the student leadership at UEH, called AIDD, has therefore made the development of a disaster response training course for UEH medical and nursing students their top priority for 2012. 
Because emergency medicine is not yet a fully recognized medical specialty in Haiti, AIDD has asked UCHI to help organize and conduct the training project. Medical and nursing students at UCSF and at UC Davis have answered this call to action and are working closely with AIDD, faculty and administrations of all three universities, NGOs working in Haiti, and the World Health Organization to develop the Disaster Response Training program. This summer, a team of UCSF students and faculty will go to Port-au-Prince to work with their UEH partners to conduct a test-run of the training course in basic emergency medicine and disaster response skills. This course will provide medical and nursing students in their final year of university with training in hands-on skills and logistical coordination, both integral parts of the response to a mass casualty incident. The full course will run for the first time this fall.
This summer’s trip to Port-au-Prince will also provide the opportunity to plan for future program development and sustainability. AIDD and UCHI hope to expand the Disaster Response Training program in the coming years to train students at multiple levels of schooling, to further integrate the training into UEH curriculum, and to work with UEH to improve the school’s capacity to run the program independently. By working together, UCHI and AIDD will combine the University of California's experience in emergency medical education with UEH's knowledge of the Haitian medical system in order to give UEH students the power to fight back should another catastrophe reach Haiti’s shores.

* photo by Brad Segal, UCSD

Teaching Health in Haiti:
A Look at an Exciting Health Education Project by UCHI's UCSF Chapter

by Nicole Chew, UCSF

A 2010 study shows that 45% of Haitian people lack access to basic health care and as few as 6 physicians/nurses are available per 10,000 people (Kaiser Family Foundation). Clearly, the Haitian health system is currently hard pressed to meet the medical needs of its people.

The government and the international community are making some interventions to improve and make available services, human resources, infrastructure, and healthcare financing, but AIDD and UCHI are pursuing a unique and more sustainable approach. The project team believes secondary school students are excellent candidates to serve as community health educators, learning and disseminating basic health information on prevention and care-seeking behavior to their communities. Their vision is to have graduates from nursing and medical schools spend a percentage of their social service year teaching health to secondary students of rural Haiti, where the needs are greatest. To fulfill this vision, AIDD and UCHI hope to create a health education curriculum, in partnership with the Les Cayes community, and host a 10 week series of classes for secondary students. These classes will be designed not only to teach students about health, but also to instill professionalism and confidence as health educators and to spread awareness of pressing public health issues. We are currently in the process of creating a syllabus for the course and sample lesson plans for the health topics found to be of high importance in the Les Cayes community. Ultimately, the hope is that this project will be effective in promoting a healthier lifestyle one family at a time.

Monthly Spotlight:

During the week of April 9-13, our campus chapters hosted a film screening tour of the Film at 11 documentary, "Haiti: Where Did the Money Go?" We were honored to have director Michele Mitchell attend four of these screenings, at UCSD, UCLA, UCSB and UCSF. Her experience and insight was invaluable, and we are so grateful she was able to share it with so many of our students during post-screening Q&A sessions. Our chapters reached hundreds of students with these screenings!

It was a pleasure to work with Michele (she even brought her mom to the UCSD screening. So sweet!), and the Film at 11 team, to make the screening tour as successful as it was. Everyone worked so hard to put these events together, so we wanted to give a special joint shout-out this month to the chapters that hosted these four bigger screenings. Great job everyone!

50% of American households donated money to Haiti after the January 2010 earthquake, and the conversation Michele raises in this film about what has happened since that outpouring of aid is an absolutely critical one. "I still question where the money went," Michele shared with our UCSF audience. "I can tell you one thing," she added, "it didn't go to the Haitian people." 

Here at UCHI we aspire to work with the values discussed at the Q&A's. "If Haitians themselves aren't involved, nothing sustainable will be put in place," Michele explained when a student asked her what we can do to give aid that works. "Longevity. Training. Patience." What words of wisdom!

To see more photos, join the discussion, and read more about what we learned from Michele and her film, please visit our Facebook and Twitter. If you didn't get the opportunity to watch "Haiti: Where Did the Money Go?," visit the Film at 11 website to learn more about how you can order a copy (or ask your local UCHI chapter to organize a screening!).

Global Development, Global Leadership
A Weekend With the Chapters

This weekend our chapter directors came to San Diego for a two-day retreat focused on Global Development and Global Leadership. Planned and organized by Director of Capital Development Chris Ha and UCSD Chapter Director Brad Segal, the retreat was full of presentations by local professionals from the academic and non-profit worlds. We even got to chat with Dr. Evald Chery and Dr. Sanjay Mehta about their microbiology lab training project and their perspective on development work in general.

Stay tuned for a closer look at the retreat and its impact next month!

Did you know...

that April is National Volunteer Month? We'd love to hear what you did to make a difference. If you're looking for a way to support the effort for sustainable development and public higher education in Haiti, please take today to contact the UCHI chapter director at the campus nearest you

Also, we are proud to announce the launch of our donation page through UCLA Giving! Your donation will help us bring resources to our Haitian partners; providing opportunity for collaborations and facilitating various projects.

Please take a look and consider donating to one of our projects. We are so grateful for your generosity.

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