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Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing|College of Health Sciences

Building La Clinica de Agua Salada

Hondurans and UW brigade members discuss the building of a new clinic in Agua Salada

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Hondurans and University of Wyoming brigade members discuss the plans for building a new clinic in Agua Salada, Honduras.

We are committed to building a clinic in Agua Salad. La clinica de Agua Salada will serve as a center to deliver health care to the people of Agua Salada and the surrounding area. Once established, this clinic will further provide opportunity for health promotion and disease prevention. Cardio-vascular disease, debilitating mental illness, malnutrition, vaccine-preventable disease, and severe respiratory illness are prevalent, and require continuity of care. A permanent site will provide a unique clinical experience to identify and address these conditions.

While serving the Agua Salada community, the clinic will also function as a research and practice site across disciplines for the students and faculty. In providing these rarely seen research and clinical opportunities, both Agua Salada and the University of Wyoming benefit.

As we have done since 2007, our volunteer brigades will continue to bring medical, pharmacological, and nursing expertise. Community expert volunteers such as firemen, engineers, geologists, and dentists will continue to be an essential and critical part of our teams. Finally we will continue to transport much-needed medical supplies on a bi-annual basis.

At the core of our work is a sense of cultural humility. We make every effort to develop health care teams who share common values with the community of Agua Salada such as respect for family, honest, and most especially equality. Our team members are volunteers with a spirit of partnership and caring, always mindful of our invisible yet fundamental human connection. We do not assume paternalistic roles; on the contrary, the lives of brigade members are enriched by their immersion experience.

For more information about the building of the clinic, and to donate to the project, please visit the Web site: www.clinicadeaguasalada.org.


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