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Reflections on Home Health Work in St Croix

Posted on July 17th | by S.M.I.L.E. St. Croix Public Health Group in Accelerated, Public Health, SON on the Go, St. Croix, Students.
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SeaView is a home care agency that services the entire island of St. Croix.  I was able to work alongside a registered nurse at the agency.  During my time at SeaView I went on 3 home visits, each of which … Read More »



Public Health Policy Day-Haiti Group

Posted on May 27th | by Haiti Public Health Group in Accelerated, Haiti, Nursing Talk, Public Health, Students.
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We had an exciting day down in D.C. for our public health policy day. We left as a group bright and early on the MARC train and arrived for a meeting at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) headquarters. We … Read More »



Heading Up Into The Mountains

Posted on May 27th | by Haiti Public Health Group in Accelerated, Haiti, Public Health, SON on the Go, Students.
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After an exciting weekend in Jeremie, we headed out to the countryside for community teaching in Chonel and Duchenn as well as our first day at the clinic in Gatineau. We planned to teach about germ theory, water treatment and sanitation, the … Read More »



Home of the Brave

Posted on May 25th | by S.M.I.L.E. St. Croix Public Health Group in Accelerated, SON on the Go, St. Croix.
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“All gave some. Some gave all.” We honor those from the US Virgin Islands who have sacrificed their lives since Sept. 11, 2001.



Shadowing a Midwife

Posted on May 23rd | by S.M.I.L.E. St. Croix Public Health Group in Accelerated, Public Health, SON on the Go, St. Croix, Students.
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On our tour of the Charles Harwood Health Department, a public clinic that used to be the main hospital on the island, we learned that they treat uninsured patients. However, a lot of uninsured patients don’t seek care here, believing … Read More »



Puberty in St. Croix!

Posted on May 22nd | by S.M.I.L.E. St. Croix Public Health Group in Accelerated, Nursing Talk, Public Health, SON on the Go, St. Croix, Students.
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Four of us were tasked with presenting on Puberty and Hygiene at two different middle schools on the island. We were very nervous beforehand, not wanting to violate any cultural norms in what we were told is a conservative culture. … Read More »



Scoliosis and Beyonce

Posted on May 21st | by S.M.I.L.E. St. Croix Public Health Group in Accelerated, Public Health, SON on the Go, St. Croix, Students.
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You never know when singing along to the radio will come in handy. Today it aided in a genuine and beautiful cultural exchange during an interim between school periods at John H. Woodson Jr. High School, where four of us … Read More »



A Rock in the Middle of the Ocean

Posted on May 19th | by S.M.I.L.E. St. Croix Public Health Group in Accelerated, Public Health, SON on the Go, St. Croix, Students.
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The challenges the health care system in St. Croix faces are inherent to its location. As one of our key informants put it, who is a native Crucian, St. Croix is “a rock in the middle of the ocean.”

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Learning How to Fight.

Posted on May 18th | by S.M.I.L.E. St. Croix Public Health Group in Accelerated, Public Health, SON on the Go, St. Croix, Students.
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Some one once told me that if it were possible for everyone to put their individual struggles on a table and given the choice take whatever bundle they chose, everyone would inevitably leave with the one they had brought. Because … Read More »



Health Fair Bonanza, Relay, and Ras La Mumba…

Posted on May 18th | by S.M.I.L.E. St. Croix Public Health Group in Accelerated, SON on the Go, St. Croix, Students.
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Woo! The last 36 hours have been a total whirlwind. So much has happened, so quickly and we’re gearing up this evening for a busy week. Yesterday, we had an incredibly successful health fair with over a hundred clients who … Read More »



Relay for Life

Posted on May 17th | by S.M.I.L.E. St. Croix Public Health Group in Accelerated, Public Health, St. Croix.
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We must begin our story, sad to say, with an empty chair. – Nanny McPhee



Dancing, Bricks and Lizard Tea…

Posted on May 16th | by S.M.I.L.E. St. Croix Public Health Group in Accelerated, Public Health, SON on the Go, St. Croix.
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As evidenced by this post, we are still alive notwithstanding last night’s misadventures. And we have only gotten lost once during the two days we have been on St. Croix, which is fairly impressive given our track record. The overall … Read More »