The Space and Time in Between

This week we have gone to the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg campus, a talk about Zika virus between US and Mexican scientists, South Padre Island, to an international bridge in Progreso, Texas, to the border town of Brownsville where the border is even fuzzier and there’s a fragmented wall. So we’ve essentially reached…

Laughter is good for the soul

While it may seem surprising, one of the most unexpected things I have experienced on this trip is the power of laughter. It wasn’t until Wednesday evening, after having completed two focus groups with my teammate and listening to myself on a tape recording as I transcribed the discussion (a very odd and humbling experience…

Creating Access to Healthcare

Our South Texas trip was an experience I’ll never forget. I formed strong friendships with my fellow PHAST peers and learned to truly value what it means to work as a team. I also developed a deep appreciation for having relatively easy access to healthcare. From Tuesday through Thursday, my group interviewed patients at a local…

$3.50 for Primary Care?

It seems that we brought the Michigan cold with us as the weather suddenly dropped from a wam 86 degrees yesterday to a cold and rainy 40 degrees today. And so begins our PHAST South Texas experience. My group will be working with Dr. Suad Ghaddar from the University of Texas Pan American on a…