GlobeMed at University of Michigan - Ann Arbor partners with PEOF in Morazán, El Salvador to advance health and community development in the country's post-war communities.
GlobeMed at the University of Michigan + PEOF
GlobeMed at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor | Ann Arbor, Michigan
Perkin Educational Opportunities Foundation (PEOF) | Morazán, El Salvador
During the Salvadoran Civil War from 1980 – 1992, the Morazán region suﬀered untold loss of life, displacement of 100% of the civilian population and complete destruction of social and productive infrastructure. It is estimated that 1 in 5 Salvadorans have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, primarily as a result of war.
“GlobeMed opened my eyes to the health disparities that exist both locally and abroad while our chapter addressed specific contextualized issues of social injustice. By challenging the fundamental understanding of health, GlobeMed transformed my unmolded passion for the health sciences, further shaping a lifelong passion in the field of medicine.“
– Jeremy Kratz, University of Michigan ’11
About the Partnership
Perkin Educational Opportunities Foundation (PEOF) was founded in 2007 with a multi-pronged mission geared towards the development of a brighter future in Morazán, El Salvador – one of the areas most impacted by the Salvadoran Civil War. Their mission is focused on 1) a change of attitude, 2) the development of capacities and 3) the creation of opportunity. Good health is a critical component of each segment within their mission. PEOF recognizes how imperative good health is to community development, and thus, aligns and designs all projects and their sub components accordingly. GlobeMed at the University of Michigan looks forward to kicking off project design and fundraising with PEOF when their partnership launches in Fall 2013.
GlobeMed at the University of Michigan and PEOF will jointly design a project, mobilize funds, and begin implementation in the 2013-2014 academic year.
GlobeMed at the University of Michigan and PEOF’s impact will be assessed once a project is identified and implemented in the 2013-2014 academic year.
Local Partner – Joy-Southfield Community Development Corporation in Detroit, MI
In addition to fundraising for Tiyatien Health’s programs, GlobeMed at University of Michigan volunteers their time to support The Joy-Southfield Community Development Corporation (JSCDC), which was founded in the basement of Second Grace United Methodist Church in 2001 with a mission of neighborhood revitalization through family life-skill support and community economic development. Its health and education center has grown to provide free healthcare and prevention resources to the un- and under-insured living in the Cody-Rouge community of Detroit, Michigan. The JSCDC utilizes an environmental model of health that is based on the idea that the reduction of environmental risk factors to health is essential for community health and that access to health should not be determined by where one lives. The partnership between the JSCDC and the GlobeMed chapter at the University of Michigan began in 2006, and since then, the GlobeMed chapter has been helping to coordinate and lead health workshops for Detroit families, along with aiding the establishment of a farmer’s market and two community gardens.