Trip to Cuba
As part of my Masters of Public Health Program, I had the opportunity to visit Cuba for a week during our Winter break. The course is Introduction to Cuban Health and Public Health Systems and we will be studying alternative approaches to achieving health equity and social justice. We will be examining the longstanding patterns regarding race, color, class and gender relations evolution in a socialist environment and now, post socialist environment.
We will be analyzing the political, economic, social and cultural impacts of the Revolution on Cuban society, health of the population and the rest of the world.
The week we spent in Cuba enabled us to have direct exposure and experience with the health and public health systems of Cuba. We met with
Ministry of Public Health, Cuban Friendship with the Peoples, ICAP; the Forever Young Senior Center. We visited with a Policlinic Family Doctor; we visited the National Center for the Prevention of HIV/STD/AIDs; we spent an afternoon at the Mental Health Clinic “La Castellana” for children with Down Syndrome and other developmental disabilities; We spent a morning at the Latin American School of Medicine and we meet 5 American Students. We spent a few hours at a CDR, where we shared information with neighborhood residents; we met with the Federation of Cuban Women; we visited a Maternity Home; We spent a day out in Las Terrazas, a rural community about 2 hours from Old Havana. – every minute of every day was full of learning and experiencing this country that we have been cut off from for over 50 years.
I think I will break each visit into a separate entry.