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Country Roads

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.)


  1. Barbara Silvia says:

    What a wonderful tertimony to the presence of hope in our world. We must return to the model of community that Jesus gave us. This group does that! The photos are absolutely beautiful and I would hang them in my home if they were available. God bless all of you in your endeavor to love everyone as God loves you.

  2. Karen Laird says:

    You guys were fabulous! We are so glad and thankful that you came to Franklin and Almost Heaven Habitat! Keep in touch.
    Fred and Karen Laird

  3. Dennis and Jamie Mitchell says:

    We love the pictures. Your talent is incredible. We really
    enjoyed having you. It was a pleasure meeting all of you and were blessed that you came to Pendleton Co . Come Back Soon
    Dennis and Jamie

  4. […] and I had the pleasure of getting to know Justin and Rachel on a service trip to West Virginia a couple years back. Rachel is a nurse, and Justin is a med school classmate of Alicia's at Stritch […]

  5. […] of Alicia's in medical school, now a pediatrics resident at the University of Chicago. We went on a trip to West Virginia with him and his lovely bride, Rachel (a nurse) a few years ago, and of course we also did a […]

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