Quinnipiac PA Students Volunteer in the D.R.
Physician assistant students at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., received recognition in the New Haven Register
this month for their volunteer work in the Dominican Republic.
In January and March, the students volunteered with Health Horizons International, an organization that focuses on expanding health care access to the Puerto Plata province of the Dominican Republic.
Carolyn F. Allen of Portland, Ore., was among the students who took the March trip to Puerto Plata. "We traveled to a different batey (sugar cane field) every day," she explained. Because the sugar cane industry has gone under, there is a 90 percent unemployment rate. The people there had colds, headaches, ulcers, malnutrition and more. The students would check the vitals of the people and work with the doctors, who were also on the trip.
In February, the students attended the American Academy of Physician Assistants' Capitol Connection summit, driving home the point to Capitol Hill that PAs are integral to a strong health care system and the highest possible care for patients, according to the Register.
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