Child Family Health International (CFHI): Women's Reproductive Health in Mexico

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  • Location(s): Mexico
  • Program Type(s): Study Abroad, Internship, Volunteer, Research

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The Women's Reproductive Health in Mexico program takes place in Puerto Escondido, a small seaside town in the state of Oaxaca. There, students will gain exposure to many of the challenges that women in rural Mexico face when manag... read more

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The
Women's Reproductive Health in Mexico program takes place in Puerto
Escondido, a small seaside town in the state of Oaxaca. There, students will
gain exposure to many of the challenges that women in rural Mexico face when
managing their reproductive health. In addition to rotations in local clinics
and public healthcare centers, students will take medical and conversational
Spanish classes at a local language school.



During clinical rotations, students will have the opportunity to see Puerto
Escondido's healthcare system for women in a variety of settings.
Opportunities range from working in primary care clinics to participating in
rural reproductive healthcare programs with midwives or parteras. Overall,
Mexico has a maternal mortality rate of approximately 83 maternal deaths per
100,000 live births, a number which is often higher in poorer, more rural
states such as Oaxaca. Over 60% of registered births in this coastal region
are performed by parteras in the home.



By the end of the program participants will have a clear understanding of
the way the public healthcare system is organized in the coastal region of
Oaxaca to address women's health issues. Participants may be able to
participate in monthly educational workshops for women that are a part of the
world famous comprehensive program with origins in rural Mexico,
Oportunidades. Its success has been widely evaluated and recognized and is
now being replicated by governments worldwide, including in New York City.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Internship
Volunteer
Research
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Spring Break
  • Custom
  • Short Term
Instruction Language(s):
  • Spanish
  • English
Language Requirement(s):
  • Spanish
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies
  • Public Health
  • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs
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Child Family Health International (CFHI) Scholarships

Child Family Health International is pleased to offer partial scholarships for select 2015 and 2016 program dates. Since 2007, we have provided CFHI Global Health Scholars with more than $100,000 in scholarship funding. CFHI is committed to working globally and addressing inequities. In line with this global lens, it is our policy to actively seek a diverse pool of candidates from a variety of backgrounds who are committed to the mission and vision of CFHI.

$500-$1000

Deadlines:
For those wanting to participate in a CFHI Global Health Education program from August-December, the application submission deadline is June 17. Scholarship recipients will be notified by July 17. For participants aiming to go on a program between January-April, the application submission deadline is November 12. Scholarship recipients will be notified by December 10.

Guidelines/Requirements:
CFHI is committed to working globally and addressing inequities. In line with this global lens, it is the policy of CFHI to actively seek a diverse pool of candidates from a variety of backgrounds who are committed to the mission and vision of CFHI. Scholarships will be given to students who demonstrate a commitment to their communities as well as financial need and an interest in exchanging ideas and sharing experiences with people in Bolivia, Ecuador, India, Mexico and South Africa. Priority will be given to people of ethnicities under-represented in CFHI programs, as well as those who have had limited opportunity to travel abroad. All interested in attending a CFHI program during the specified program months/year and who are financially able to pay the remaining program fees along with their own airfare are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to those who apply for scholarship consideration as well as submit an application to a CFHI program online. Scholarship applicants wishing to attend any CFHI program in Latin America (Mexico, Bolivia, Ecuador) must meet the language eligibility requirements listed for that program. Recipients of CFHI scholarships will be required to pay their own airfare, the balance of their CFHI program fees, and any personal expenses as outlined on the program description pages. Recipients must keep a clinical and cultural immersion journal to be used as part of their scholarship report submitted at the end of their program. They must take photographs while abroad that may be used on the CFHI website and in CFHI publications and materials. Recipients may also be required to write an article about their experience for CFHI newsletters or other publications. They must also be willing to report their perspective on diversity in the host country with particular focus in medical and social contexts. CFHI will ask recipients to act as Campus Representatives or Alumni Ambassadors for prospective CFHI participants, and may be asked to attend study abroad fairs in their local area.

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