Upstate Medical University

Walking Palms Global Health Medical Brigade

SUNY Upstate Institute for Global Health has partnered with Ecuadorian NGO Walking Palms Global Health. Walking Palms Global Health (“WPGH”) uses Systems Thinking and data-driven research to design and implement health initiatives in the coastal province of Manabí, Ecuador. In response to the devastating 2016 earthquake, WPGH programs are rooted in three foundational disciplines: research, education and medicine, and empower local communities to address and solve acute health challenges faced by the most historically vulnerable groups.

MISSION: To improve the health and wellbeing of low-income families living in communities facing frequent natural disasters.

VISION: Our vision is that all communities in the developing world that face frequent natural disasters are equipped and prepared to address the chronic and acute health challenges they confront by virtue of their geographic setting


Dates: July 24th-August 2nd 2020

Overview of Student Program:

  • 40 Hours of Clinical and Education Service to Communities
  • Medical Spanish Bootcamp
  • Sustainable Development Projects
  • Disaster Relief Training
  • Community Health Assessment Practice
  • Alternative Health Promotion Activities
  • Research opportunities

Program Cost: Estimated $2500 for 10 day experience, including airfare, lodging, food, transportation, and travel insurance.

Upstate Medical University student Yaa Takyiwaa reflects on her experience working with the Walking Palms Global Health clinic in Manabi Province.

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