Improving SOMOS’ Ability to Navigate Esfuerzo

In less than two weeks, I will be back in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic for the second time this year. I am going with two other members of SOMOS and from August 8-16 we will be working on four main objectives related to community leadership, social inclusivity, access to energy, and improved health (my next blog post will describe these ‘protocols’ in greater detail).

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CBPR and Flood Mapping in Esfuerzo de Paraiso – Matthew Crittenden

The Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) methodology is one of the core tenets of SOMOS and the work we do. It stresses the importance of community engagement in sustainable development projects and attempts to dismantle the hierarchical donor-recipient relationship which most traditional development projects possess. Through pursuing a more egalitarian partnership, we hope to increase community ownership in Esfuerzo de Paraiso and the community’s capacity to sustainably improve health outcomes. The role of the community in our partnership is incredibly important because improved health outcomes can be sustained only if they are maintained and sought to be improved in our absence (when SOMOS members are not physically in the community).

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Abstract – Facilitating the Development of Community Capacity and Self-Efficacy in Esfuerzo del Paraiso, Dominican Republic – Matthew Crittenden

This summer, I will be conducting research with the Student Organization for Medical Outreach and Sustainability (SOMOS) in Esfuerzo del Paraiso, Santo Domingo Norte, Dominican Republic. I will travel with other team members to the Dominican Republic, support our ongoing work in Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR), conduct Social Network Analysis (SNA) and DTRA (domain, tasks, resources, activities) research, facilitate meetings with community members, collect spatial data, and complete an ArcGIS Story Map representation of SOMOS’s trailblazing partnership with the Esfuerzo community. This summer project will be an extension of the work SOMOS has been continuing for over a decade, in which we seek to answer the questions: [Read more…]