Annual Student Led Medical Mission Trip to Haiti
Student-led organization C.A.R.E for Haiti accomplished yet another successful mission trip to Haiti over Spring Break 2016. C.A.R.E for Haiti is a student organization that was started by the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity to run an annual clinic in Chabin, a village in the mountains of southeast Haiti.
Ten pharmacy students joined Professor Cheryl Zimmerman, a nurse, a nursing student and a pharmacist on this weeklong journey to improving health care in Chabin. By the end of the trip the group had seen 557 patients and filled 2,247 prescriptions.
This mission trip allows students to gain a global perspective on pharmacy that cannot be provided in the classroom.
“By nature, students tend to have a more limited view of global healthcare concerns and how these impact the national and even local healthcare landscape,” said Dustin Kakach, one of the trip coordinators. “Clinics like C.A.R.E for Haiti provide students an intimate perspective of international healthcare and allow them to draw on those experiences to enhance the care they provide in the future. At their core, these experiences push the envelope of a student’s empathetic and interpersonal skills, a feat that is not always possible in a traditional classroom setting.”
In addition to Kakach, other pharmacy students who participated in the mission were Andrew Riehle (trip coordinator), Briana Blackstad (co-coordinator), Bri Gray, Rachel Hanson, Meggen Jacobson, Jaclyn North, Dylan Schmitz, Elizabeth Scott and Beth Swanson.