S t u d e n t s  M a k i n g  a  D i f f e r e n c e
November 28, 2016
In This Issue
GPSA Opens New Site in West Virginia

GPSA for Health is continuing to grow. Next summer, we will open our first U.S. site in McDowell and Mingo Counties in West Virginia. 

Williamson, in Mingo County, is along the Tug Fork River, immediately opposite the State of Kentucky.  This formerly wealthy region is being challenged and things are getting worse.  There are about 3000 counties in the United States. Mingo County is the 81st poorest county in the 
US and McDowell County is the 6th poorest . 

Deep in the heart of coal country, Williamson has a significant physical infrastructure.  Unfortunately, most of that physical infrastructure is empty, including the local high school, local elementary school, storefronts, and warehouses.  Many of those buildings are boarded up or have broken windows.  Fortunately, the region is starting to recover with projects in entrepreneurship and healthcare.  

GPSA is proud to be able to contribute to this beautiful town and wonderful community.

Staff Highlight: Blanche Blumenthal

We're excited to introduce you to one of our newest Trip Directors: Blanche Blumenthal.

Blanche graduated cum laude from the University of Oregon with a degree in Biological Anthropology. During her time at the university, Blanche studied factors that contribute to health and education disparities for Latino families living in western Oregon. Blanche has a wide breadth of experience in coordinating health fairs and community events. In 2014, she co-founded and coordinated Festival Latino, the largest Latino cultural celebration in Lane County, Oregon. She has over three years' experience working and volunteering for a nonprofit health clinic serving low-income and homeless residents, where she also received training in crisis counseling.

In her free time, Blanche enjoys cooking, hiking, and traveling as much as possible.
Become a GPSA for Health Medical Fellow!

GPSA for Health is currently accepting applications for its Medical Fellows Program.

This program is for those intending to take a gap year before returning to medical school or graduate school with an intense interest in medical practice in resource-poor settings.  The program includes 15 months living and working on public health and clinical care in rural Guatemala and Belize. Following their stay in Central America, participants may choose to return home (to the US) and direct and train others who are planning and preparing for their own time in Guatemala and Belize.  Medical Fellows are expected to lead groups of high school students for multiple periods during their experience.

This is a great opportunity for those wishing to pursue a medical career with a passion for global health.   You'll gain first-hand experience with healthcare in a poor, rural setting.  As a GPSA Medical Fellow you will strengthen your resume by indicating your passion for your chosen career.  You'll also get intensive Spanish language training in a full-immersion program, including a Spanish-speaking homestay. 

To apply, send a resume to Dr.  Robert Malkin: 

Accepting Applications: 
Belize: July 2017
Belize: August 2017
Xela:   June 2017
Xela:   July 2017

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