“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”
– Franklin D. Roosevelt
In March 2015, while I was conducting my research studies at Duke University (Durham, NC), I joined a team of Duke students and faculty leaders to travel 3,000 miles southwest of Durham to the small town of Las Mercedes, Honduras.
The mission of the trip was to improve access to healthcare in rural areas of Honduras.
The team adjusted to the elevation of the mountain town that sits 5,000 feet above sea level.
At the travel clinic, we were getting comfortable speaking Spanish, and were able to develop a connection with our patients.
We conducted home visits to develop better cross-cultural understanding.