Building Partnerships in the Americas
A Guide for Global Health Workers
Publication Year: 2013
These essays emphasize building partnerships and were written by United States medical and dental professionals, in collaboration with social scientists and Latin American medical personnel. The authors provide the historical, political, and cultural background for contemporary health care challenges, especially related to poverty. Combining personal insights with broader discussion of country contexts, this volume serves as an essential guide for anyone--from medical professionals to undergraduate students--heading to Mexico, Central America, or the Caribbean to do health care-related work.
Published by: Dartmouth College Press
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I would like to thank the authors of these essays and their in-country collabo-rators for sharing insider perspectives and wisdom, and for their extraordinary Additionally, I would like to thank Charlene Gates, Dr. Eric Manheimer, Connie O’Leary, and especially Bob Wanamaker for their help and support. Thanks also to Dr. Walter E. Little, PhD, Dr. Ronald E. Pust, and Maria Hamlin ...
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When the media and social networking bring global poverty, disease, and nat-ural disasters into our living rooms, there is an instinctive human reaction to try to help. This book is a response to the question, “How can I, with the skills that I possess, best contribute to addressing this widespread suffering in a shared way?” Understanding the cultural context of the communities being ...
1 | Mexico
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...tourist destination. This can make the country seem familiar, but visiting beaches and colonial cities can’t give a complete picture of the diversity of the land and people. This chapter concentrates on Chiapas, a poor state in south-ern Mexico, but the narrative of Chiapas can be told correctly only if the entire Mexican narrative is kept in mind. The story of Mexico is, among other things, ...
2 | Guatemala
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...authentic blend of the modern and the ancient. Traditional and modern ways of life are constantly negotiated in crowded markets, on busy streets, and among small farm plots that dot the countryside. Guatemala is a common vacation destination and also a travel hub for Spanish learners, lovers of ar-chaeological ruins, and volunteers. At the same time, for the indigenous Maya ...
3 | El Salvador
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The health and well-being of every person in the world is greatly influenced by social, economic, political, and cultural forces. Although bio-medicine (for example, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and biology) is important, this model falls short of explaining the diversity of health and dis-ease inequalities. There is clear evidence that access to healthcare plays only ...
4 | Honduras
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Take the chicken bus north from Tegucigalpa, Honduras for about 35 min-utes and soon you will descend into a beautiful area called the Valle de Amarateca. You will notice thousands of pine trees, green scrub brush and pockets of identical houses scattered about the valley. Billows of smoke rise from the Café Indo coffee processing plant on the right and the Café Maya ...
5 | Nicaragua I
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Nicaragua is a land of amazing natural beauty with a rich cultural heritage. It is also the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, be-hind Haiti. Nicaragua’s history of political unrest, foreign interventions, revolu-tion, and natural disasters has resulted in extreme poverty. Healthcare deliv-ery in rural areas of the country is further hampered by geographical isolation ...
6 | Nicaragua II
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...focuses on health themes specific to the Caribbean Coast region of Nicara-gua, the condition of dental health in the country as a whole, and the role of faith-based organizations in development. The authors have worked for more than twenty years with the Nicaraguan ecumenical nongovernmental health and development agency Acción Médica Cristiana (amc), which was founded ...
7 | Haiti
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Haiti’s poverty, and how it and other factors such as water insecurity and the lack of access to medical care have contributed to the development of a chroni-cally debilitated healthcare system. We also illustrate how the hiv/aids epi-demic, the 2010 earthquake, and the ongoing cholera epidemic have exerted, and still do exert, devastating effects on the state of health in Haiti. Global ...
8 | Dominican Republic
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...doxes. Luxury resorts on the coast lie next to communities living in extreme poverty. The country has one of the highest rates of economic growth in the region, yet has an ever-widening income disparity. Doctors, clinics, and hos-pitals are abundant, yet many woman and children do not receive the quality This chapter focuses on the health concerns of mothers and children. We ...
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Ryan Alaniz, PhD (sociology), MA (Latin American studies), grew up on a farm on the central coast of California. The son of a Mexican-American father and white mother, Ryan’s interest in bridging cultural understanding and economic opportunity started when he was young. ...
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Publication Year: 2013