Some of the strongest global educational and research experiences at Dartmouth are found within the Geisel School of Medicine’s Global Health programs. From Peru and Haiti to Rwanda, Tanzania and American Indian health, Geisel has forged several strong core partnerships with educational and research institutions worldwide, living out its commitment to student experiential learning and also bringing together the talents to understand and solve the world’s most pressing health equity issues.
In Peru, Geisel has a number of ongoing projects intended to provide experiential learning to undergraduate, graduate and medical students, strengthen the nation’s health-care system and help address related community social issues. In June 2013, a group from Geisel – led by Dean Chip Souba -- visited Peru to establish a new educational and research partnership with National University of San Marcos, the oldest University in the Americas, and to strengthen an existing relationship with Cayetano Heredia National Hospital and Cayetano Heredia Medical School, both in Lima. The group also met with Peruvian mental health leaders, discussing advancements created at Geisel that can be shared with Peru, and toured the Ministry of Health’s newly established clinical outposts in underserved areas.
Geisel medical students, faculty and leadership, along with Dartmouth undergraduate students, have been actively working since 2012 in the Villa Maria del Triunfo District’s impoverished Arenal Alto hillside community. Geisel medical students helped the NGO organization Visionarios Peru conduct the first-ever community assessment of the community. Collaborating with community members, medical students in 2013 assisted in creating an economic development and health-care leadership program in addition to researching barriers to health insurance.
A key project Geisel is partnering on with Visionarios Peru and the community leaders of Arenal Alto is raising the private funds and assisting with planning to build a small libraryin the San Isidro Labrador community. The library, which the assessment found was a priority need for the community, will provide a safe haven for school children to study and to receive tutoring on various subjects, and for the community to meet. The library will also provide a home base for Dartmouth students and faculty working within the community.