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IIP-Child Family Health International (Mexico)
Oaxaca de Juarez, Mexico (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Summer
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Program Description:
Program Description:
Child Family Health International (Mexico)

Organization Overview

Child Family Health International (CFHI) is a United Nations-recognized organization providing community-based Global Health Education Programs for health science students and institutions. Our unique model fosters reciprocal partnerships and empowerment in local communities - transforming perspectives about self, healing and global citizenship. Currently, the organization offers over 38+ programs in 11 countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, India, Mexico, South Africa, Uganda, Ghana, Tanzania, the Philippines, and the United States). Since 1992, the organization has sent over 10,000 participants on its programs. It also supports locally-driven community health initiatives in the communities in which the participants work.

Intern Responsibilities:

Global Health Intern

IIP interns will be placed at CFHI’s partner in Oaxaca, Mexico, a city of rich cultural and geographical diversity, with over 16 indigenous groups with their own language and culture. The focus of this placement is on Realities of Health Access and Inequities. By combining experiences clinical settings (hospitals and primary care centers, center for disabilities, nutrition and diabetes treatment, and service-learning projects in the form of health education, environmental and nutrition initiatives,  workshops at a school for underserved students, health-related site visits, and lectures on health topics and the social determinants of health in Oaxaca, students will come away from the program with a deeper understanding of health and healthcare delivery in Oaxaca and in the Global South. Despite the richness in culture, the state of Oaxaca trails behind the rest of Mexico in its health and economic indicators. It is one the poorest regions in all of Mexico, with the average daily income less than half of the national average. Oaxaca faces challenges in literacy, sanitation, employment, and access to healthcare services. Interns will immerse in the social determinants of health and diverse healthcare settings in Oaxaca.

CFHI's programs are rooted in strong ethical principles. The organization offers first and foremost a global learning opportunity, where interns learn by shadowing and talking with local experts. As such, the internship will be learning-heavy, with the opportunity to join service-delivery and project-based work only once an intern is fully oriented to the scope of the organization's work. The organization has a strong commitment to patient welfare, and interns are not able to engage in health activities that are beyond their level of training and experience.

General responsibilities of the IIP intern will be as follows: 
  • Clinical rotations under the supervision of trained preceptors
  • Patient histories and physical exams of families in Spanish
  • Hospital rounds 
  • Clinical rotations will take place Monday through Friday, from 8 am to noon or 1 pm. In addition to clinical rotations, participants can choose to volunteer, after clinical rotations, at local non-governmental organizations that cater to the needs of underprivileged children and families. Participants will attend weekly meetings with the on-site Medical Director for reflection, monitoring and evaluation of their clinical rotation. The academic portion of the program includes pre-departure region/topic specific readers available to participants as well as on-site lectures: 
    • Week 1: Lecture on the healthcare system of host country with a special emphasis on the local program site, introduction of social determinants of health and geopolitical/historical influences to health systems and burden of disease.
    • Week 2/3/4: Lectures and associated study materials touching on cultural influences to health and healthcare, endemic/epidemic diseases, geopolitical history, major disease burden, social determinants of health and other topics relevant to program themes and focus.
  • Relevant case studies for discussion and research on a weekly basis. 

  • Demonstrated strong interest in global health (eg. pre-medical, pre-health, or public health)
  • Demonstrated interest and experience volunteering and/or working to strengthen your community
  • Demonstrated cross-cultural competency and interest in exchanging ideas and sharing experiences with people from other parts of the world
  • Adaptable, proactive, and resourceful 
  • Language Requirement: Beginner 1 and above Spanish required. The most important factor is your general ability to communicate verbally with those around, versus accuracy with grammatical tenses. 

If you are enrolled in the Global Health Program certificate, this internship will fulfill the GHP internship requirement.

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