Primeros Pasos in Argentina: Chandler Hinson's GlobeMed Journey
Chandler Hinson (NHS '18) spent his summer in the small remote community of Quetzaltenango, Guatemala working at the Primeros Pasos Clinic through the GlobeMed at Georgetown program. In this small community of Quetzaltenango, there are between 10-20 women who are malnourished or have children under the age of 2 who are malnourished. Through this program, Chandler was able to teach these women about diet, personal hygiene, different contraceptive options, and other useful skills pertaining to health. In addition to engaging with the women of the community to help improve their overall health, Chandler also worked with toddlers from the ages of 1 to 3 years old to teach them how to properly wash their hands, brush their teeth, and maintain their health to ensure good habits from a young age.
Chandler additionally managed the clinic's social media presence and conducted research on the educational benefits and efficiency of the program.
Of his experience, Chandler says: "I hope to bring back the knowledge I learned over this summer to help encourage other Georgetown students to get involved and make a difference. I want to show people that you don't have to be Pre-Med or Pre-Health to make a difference in communities like these. This experienced pushed me to open up and put myself forward to help make a positive impact in Quetzaltenango."