S.O.M.O.S in Paraiso, DR- The Primary Findings

As I left from Bolivia to start off my summer work in Dominican Republic, I had a bunch of feelings running through me. The work myself and two other SOMOS (Student Organization for Medical Outreach and Sustainability) members (Bruce Pfirrmann ’13 and JoAnna Weeks ’13) were about to start was a big change for our student organization. We were moving away from the various interviews and GPS layouts we have done in the small community on the outskirts of Villa Mella zone of the Dominican Republic that we’ve been working with for the last seven years; and moving towards what is hopefully forming a contract for the next 4-5 in the future. This contract will not only outline the relationship of SOMOS with the community, but also contain 3-5 goals, ideas, and/or projects that the whole community and SOMOS members both agree to work towards to improve health in the community.

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