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Let's Study Cuba ! A Rare Opportunity.
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Greetings! I'm a college student studying Public Health and was recently awarded the opportunity to study abroad. With your help I can continue my mission translating commitment into action so that I may impact the lives of those I will someday serve. More ...

Alysia Garver


I am a student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, studying Public Health Sciences with a future aim of applying for the early entry into the Master of Health Administration (MHA) program. I was recently awarded the opportunity to travel to Cuba for a one week academic study looking at the Cuban Health Care Paradox. The trip will be February 28, 2014 – March 8, 2014.

A brief background. Cuba

As many of you know going to Cuba from the U.S. is not permitted unless you are embarking in an academic study, as I am, set forth by President Obama’s administration encouraging U.S. colleges to develop ties with Cuba. The Cuban National Health System is an international success story. Their low infant mortality rates and longer life expectancy are unmatched compared to U.S. health demographics. How did they do it with so little resources, little foreign aid, and limited medical technology/advancements?

Exploring this paradox is what I intend to do.

 In Cuba, I intend to pay special focus to a healthy community’s framework centralized around their social ecology.  I will be visiting a variety of health care and social services sites and attend presentations by practitioners and educators. A few of my objectives are to describe the strengths and weaknesses of the Cuban health care system, understand the differences/similarities between the Cuban and U.S. health care systems, and plan and engage in a service learning experience with Cuban elders.

The application and interview process was step one in getting accepted to participate, the next step is funding.

This opportunity will cost $3,595. The amount will cover all fees in this week long study. The total amount is broken into three separate payments. My first payment of $1,600 is due November 1, 2013. I did the math, and at $50 dollars on each donation I would require only 32 donations of kindness to meet the first deadline. So I’m inviting you to consider advancing my opportunity toward helping me build a more comprehensive academic experience in the field of public health by funding a portion of my trip. By supporting my educational desires, you will be helping me reach my vision in providing an innovative service of excellence for communities in the U.S. as a Public Health professional.

Would you please join with me in supporting this strategic initiative of mine?

If you require more information, please use the link below to my program sponsors web page.

Office of Education Abroad

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