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University of Pennsylvania | School of Medicine | GHI


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Guatemala Health Initiative (GHI) is an organization of students from the University of Pennsylvania working in partnership with communities in Guatemala. Since 2005, GHI has primarily worked with Hospitalito Atitlán to improve health in the Tz’utujil Maya town of Santiago Atitlán.

GHI activities include:

A central goal of GHI is to put the knowledge gained through participatory research and clinical and cultural experiences into developing effective, sustainable, and culturally sensitive health interventions.

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(translation: “The K’aslimaal Association and Hospitalito Atitlán present the following recognition to Guatemala Health Initiative and the faculty of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Pennsylvania, in appreciation of their support of the Atiteco community, Santiago Atitlán, February 9, 2007.”)



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Faculty advisors

Kent Bream, MD
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
2 Gates HUP
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19101

Mamie Guidera, MSN, CNM
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Room 2024 NEB
420 Guardian Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Frances K. Barg, PhD, MEd
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Suite 141 Anatomy/Chemistry Building
3620 Hamilton Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6110