Global Service-learning and Public Health: A Local Community's Perspective

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A celebration of Global Public Health Week and National Hispanic Heritage Month in the College of Public Health. Co-sponsored by the CPH Global Public Health Initiative and CPH DEI Committee.

Community members, faculty, staff and students who are not currently enrolled or affiliated with the College of Public Health are strongly encouraged to RSVP at

The University of Iowa, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Iowa (District 6000), has participated in a longstanding community-based service project in Xicotepec, Mexico. Every year over spring, a cohort of college students, high school students, and community members travel to Mexico to help support and execute projects that address some of the most urgent needs in Xicotepec. Since the advent of this international venture, the Rotary Clubs of Iowa and Xicotepec have helped to implement a multitude of successful projects, including water sanitation systems in schools, building upgrades and development, dental checks, and deworming programs. The public health student-faculty cohort has worked in areas of food justice, nutrition, and domestic violence prevention.

This Xicotepec Project has remained a favorite among Iowa participants for its uniquely community-involved format, cultural exploration, and for offering an overall positive global experience, especially for first-time travelers. However, most student travelers never have the opportunity to return to the area or keep in touch with community partners from their time abroad. This presentation will offer the Iowa community the opportunity to hear more about the longstanding impact of this cross-border community partnership from the perspective of the local community in Xicotepec, Mexico.

Gregorio Sanchez, PhD Student from Xicotepec, will co-present with Dr. Paul Gilbert, UI Department of Community and Behavioral Health.

Lunch from La Regia Taqueria will be provided and available on a first come, first serve basis. An online attendance option is available (see RSVP link above).

Wednesday, September 20, 2023 12:30pm to 1:30pm
College of Public Health Building
145 North Riverside Drive, Iowa City, IA 52246
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