Getting to Know the Culture
Students worked alongside CRHP to combat stigmas attached to mental health, age, and gender. Tasked with the assignment of identifying a public-health issue and finding a solution, students immersed themselves in the community. They dined with local elders, shadowed village health-worker appointments, toured healthcare and educational facilities, and attended local wellness seminars offered by CRHP.
Taylor shared her experience with a village health-worker whose HIV diagnosis caused her to lose not only her spouse and child but also her status in the community. With no job and no help, this woman turned to CRHP. They gave her shelter, an income, a community, and a purpose in life.
“She wanted to be a village health worker for a really long time, and now she is able to live out her dream as an integrated part of the community,” Taylor says. “I think it’s interesting how in the U.S., our support for people with HIV is not that great, but someone in rural India is living her life. It’s all about how we approach health care.”
A large part of the faculty’s role in this trip was providing guidance and helping students sift through the impact that these cultural differences had on them.
“Next time I will take more time in the morning and the evenings for us to talk and debrief the day and to process the experience and cultural differences,” Lavon says. “You can’t go to India and not be touched in some way.”
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