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Health Sciences

Haiti Service Learning

Athletic Training (Health Science) Goal

The vision of Merrimack College Athletic Training in Haiti is to empower rural Haitian health care workers in the areas of prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of activity-related injuries through authentic partnerships with Project Medishare and the communities of the Central Plateau in Haiti.

The Athletic Training students will work to:

  • Understand the health care needs for people who sustain activity-related injuries in the rural communities of Haiti.
  • Assess and understand the capabilities of the rural Haitian health care workers in regards to their medical training in preventing, evaluating, treating and rehabilitating those injuries.
  • Develop and implement culturally-sensitive treatment programs and educational materials that will meet the healthcare needs of injured persons and strengthen the training of health care workers.

Please contact Kevin Melanson with any inquiries about Merrimack’s Athletic Training efforts in Haiti.

Learn more about our partnership with Project Medishare

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Personal reflections from service workers in Haiti

  • Without this trip I don’t know if I ever would have gotten into service work; now I know it is something I can’t live without!” -Maggie Jacques, Civil Engineering

  • So many of the Haitian people touched my heart and made me a better person without even knowing it, and for that I am forever grateful.” -Chelsea Jacoby, Athletic Training

  •  Our experience evaluating and treating some musculoskeletal disorders displayed the need for, and potential benefit from, increased access to musculoskeletal braces and rehabilitative exercises in Haiti.” -Kevin Melanson, Clinical Instructor for Athletic Training

  • We found that our students, staff and faculty have the skill to help them in exactly the way they need.”  -Brian Suehs-Vassel, Assistant Director, Campus Ministry

  • I participated [in the Medishare service trip] because not only would I get to serve others and benefit from learning about another culture, but while doing so, I would be able to implement the knowledge and skills I have learned over the past three years of being an Athletic Training student.” -Mollie Fitzgerald, Athletic Training

     

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