Alicia organized a trip to Pendleton County, West Virginia through the Stritch School of Medicine's Global Health Fund program. Seven Stritch students, two nurses, and a doctor went to learn about rural health care and be exposed to a culture very different from ours in Chicago. I tagged along to document the experience. :]
The students shadowed physicians at the Pendleton Community Care Clinic, taught basic health and nutrition lessons to grade school students, held a health fair in the clinic parking lot, hosted a dinner and discussion for local community members, and spent a few days working with Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity. We also met a wonderful family who opened a lot of doors for us in the community. They gave us an incredible tour of their 600-acre farm which has been in their family for eight(!) generations and introduced us to some of the local residents who shared their stories with us.
(The title of this post is, of course, a reference to the famous John Denver song.)