Rush Takes Health Care Mission Around the World

The Rush Global Health Initiative sends students and faculty to countries in need of basic health care and resources.

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Participants in the Rush Global Health Initiative work to build up communities, in part by actually building homes for local residents such as this one in Belize.

Since 2005, Rush students and faculty have been visiting the 20,000-population rural Dominican Republic town of Peralta, helping them build a water filtration system on one trip and also giving them a stockpile of IV fluids and antibiotics. This assistance from Rush would eventually make all the difference. After the 2010 Haiti earthquake, cholera began to spread and Peralta’s water filtration system went down due to heavy rains. This could have meant disaster for the town, but thanks to the backup medicine from Rush, Peralta weathered the storm.

The Rush Global Health Initiative sends students and faculty to countries in need of basic health care and resources. It began with a 1999 service trip to Belize organized by the Student Nurses Association and has expanded since. Thanks to support from the Chauncey and Marion D. McCormick Family Foundation, Rush traveled to suburban Port-au-Prince, Haiti, after the earthquake and built partnerships similar to those they’d built in Peralta.

Last winter, 10 College of Nursing and College of Health Sciences students, along with faculty, went to Belize City for 11 days. They held flu shot workshops and built a house for a local resident.

“The more our students are exposed to various types of lifestyles, the better they will learn how to be effective as clinicians, especially when they don’t have all the resources they need, or when people speak different languages,” said Susan Chubinskaya, PhD, associate provost for academic affairs at Rush University.

Philanthropic support can further enhance the Rush Global Health Initiative experience for Rush students and faculty as well as the program's effect on communities around the world.

Email global_health@rush.edu for more information on the program.

 

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