Project World Health is a unique program developed by the Family Practice Student Organization at the University Of South Florida College Of Medicine. The program involves educating medical students in international medical issues through service and promoting awareness of other medical systems and health issues of other countries.
Founded as the brainchild of Sigrid Johnson and Julie Jacobson in the late eighties, Project World Health is a program led by medical students at the University of South Florida. Each year, our team of medical students, physicians, and nurses travels to an international location in desperate need of healthcare with the objective of setting up multiple temporary health clinics. At these clinics, we meet the needs of the local community by providing patient care, health education, and preventative medicine. Our services are invaluable to these communities where access to basic healthcare is severely limited.
In addition to improving community health in other parts of the world, the medical knowledge and clinical experience we gain through this program benefit our own local communities where access to medical care and preventative health education still remain limited.
Over the past several years, our group has established ties in Jarabacoa, a region in the mountains of the Dominican Republic. With the invaluable assistance of local volunteers and clinic, children and adults in the surrounding rural and urban areas attend our clinics in large numbers. We are able to see between 2,500 and 3,000 individuals over the course of the week and provide these people with the only health care they may receive for the year.