Bridges to Community works with local health ministries and international volunteer groups to provide community-based solutions for everyday health concerns. Our program combines continuous implementation of educational workshops and training, community-wide screenings, exchange with local health professionals and construction of sanitation and water system projects. The public health discipline is of particular significance to combat health problems in rural regions, as it addresses social issues involving health and wellbeing specific to location and culture, and combines education, behavior change and demands community-wide participation for success.
Joining in a service trip with Bridges to Community allows volunteers, students and professionals to expand the scope of the field beyond the realm of their home nation, and begin to enter a global context. The perspective gained by participating in health campaigns in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua will enrich your competency as a student or professional in the public health field by working together with local promoters, professionals and community leaders on sustainable initiatives to improve health on the individual, family and community level.
If you, your school, organization business or clinic are interested in sending a group to serve in Nicaragua or the Dominican Republic, please contact us today. Public Health trips open to the public may be viewed here.
Our projects range from workshops to the construction of health facilities and potable water systems. Our hygienic latrines and high-efficiency indoor stoves improve sanitation and reduce chronic illnesses. Our volunteers work to ensure the health and well-being of all ages and providing sustainable management of water and sanitation. Volunteers will work side by side with local professionals to provide critically-needed services, including preventative education, screenings, workshops for pregnant women and children, community healthcare workshops.
Bridges to Community to build regional medical clinic in Hormiguero.
In the RAAN region in remote northeastern Nicaragua, most people are indigenous farmers living on about $1 per day. Currently, people walk up to 10 hours to reach a two-room medical outpost in the rural town of Hormiguero. For 15 years, Bridges to Community has sent volunteer healthcare professionals to this clinic to collaborate with local doctors and nurses. Volunteers see on average over 50 patients per day .
New Medical Brigade Part of Bridges Long Term Health Program Goals
This November five medical professionals led by Dr. Michael Lahn, an emergency physician at New York Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital, will be participating in a medical brigade in Nicaragua with Bridges to Community. The group will provide care and engage in cross-cultural exchange in rural communities where Bridges to Community works, and contributes to Bridges’ goals to expand its health program.
Marietta College Volunteer Reflects on Bridges Trip
On the evening of New Year’s Day 2016, I was sitting in my room in McCoy Hall feeling palpably both uneasy and excited, already unpacked for a semester which was not to start for another 10 days. In a few hours, I would be departing for Nicaragua with six other students for the Office of Civic Engagement’s (OCE) annual International Alternative Winter Break trip.
Bridges to Community Maternity House Exceeds Expectations
The idea for the Siuna Maternity House came unexpectedly during a community meeting in Hormiguero to discuss a proposed health center. “As we were talking about the health center, the focus shifted to a maternity house, and in the diagnostic study that we conducted, it was mentioned by almost everyone in the community.”
Furnishings to be Donated to Maternity Center!
Masaya – Bridges Nicaragua Country Director Kenia Ramirez has announced a wonderful donation from the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health that will help us stock and furnish our Maternity House in Siuna! “Bridges will complete construction of the Maternity Clinic by July 10th and is excited to see its great impact on the people of Siuna. Thanks to the Ministry of Health, the clinic’s effect will be amplified and accelerated,” stated Director Kenia Ramirez.