MPH Panama Practicum 2013: Jumping Right In

Elaine Lai

July 11, 2013

After three full days working with the Altos de Cabuya school in the 24 de Diciembre community, my group mates and I have managed to remain organized and on task. We already have a handful of deliverables created and being used by teachers and students.

The first day out on the field Lourdes A. brought us to visit the school and get a feel for our new community group. Little smiling faces greeted us as we pulled up to the front of the school and there was even a welcome committee!

After touring the school we had a chance to sit down and talk with Lourdes A about the needs of the school. Obesity/malnutrition and bullying were major problems that the principal hoped we could address during our time at the school. We brainstormed creative and interactive ways to address the issues, finalizing on three main components to work on: tolerance, nutrition, and physical activity. On the surface, three components seem to be more than manageable for a group of six, but there is a lot of work going on in the background!

About the MPH Panama Practicum

A group of University of Southern California graduate students are researching public health in Panama City, Panama, for a two-week international practicum, organized by the USC Master of Public Health (MPH) program. This post was excerpted from panama.usc.eduView all posts in this series »