Posts Tagged: Public Health in Cuba

One Man’s Treasure is Another Man’s Waste

As I walked out of Casa Lily and went right around the corner, I saw some wrappers and wasted food lying by a tree. At first glance, they could easily be mistaken for garbage that was left out, but I soon learned that it was actually ritual waste. The materials that are disposed of after… Read more »

Bathroom 101

In the first week, the quickest lesson we learned was to always bring tissue with you to the bathroom. There are so many simple actions we do each day that are second nature to us and that we take for granted.  It generally doesn’t occur to us that not everyone lives the same way. One… Read more »

Drawing Conclusions

Today we were assigned to keep a journal of our observations relating to healthcare systems and culture in Cuba. In class, we discussed how the local practices of Santeria play heavily into the understanding of health and healing among individuals in Cuba, and evidence of these beliefs are all around us. We went to a… Read more »

A Step before Reality

Taylor Riley, Public Health in Cuba 2015 Hi! My name is Taylor and I am studying Chemical Engineering with a minor in Global Health. Throughout this whole week I have not been able to articulate how I’m feeling about going to Cuba. It still hasn’t fully processed in my head that I am actually going abroad,… Read more »

Looking Back

Lucy Blumberg, Public Health in Cuba 2014 It’s hard to remember how I thought about the world before going to Cuba, because right now it all seems different. I return to my global health classes more eager and with a story to tell, giving relevant anecdotes to theories and figures that felt out of my… Read more »

Publicly Healthy

Lucy Blumberg, Public Health in Cuba 2014 I’ve been delaying writing a post about health care in Cuba. I feel that putting words down on paper about what I’ve seen would prove, to myself and others, that I was wrong from the very beginning. In my first post I stated that I had no expectations… Read more »

Hopes and Expectations

Lucy Blumberg, Public Health in Cuba 2014 I’ve heard, read, and watched quite a few things about Cuba in the past few weeks as I’ve prepared for my departure. Helpful hints from the few who have traveled there and shock and awe from those who have not. Usually, both groups end with the same words:… Read more »

T Minus 2 Days

By Ariana Dietrich, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2013 Let’s be honest – no one ever likes goodbyes. The end of the year is always bittersweet, but this summer brings an even bigger mix of emotions. During my countless hours spent at the library last week preparing for finals all I could think about was… Read more »

¡Bienvenidos a … Minnetonka? Miami?

By Lauren Sadowsky, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2012 The summer has just begun.  After struggling through the last of my finals and the end of the year, I finally arrived home in Minnetonka, Minnesota for a glorious ten day stay.  I visited with friends and saw family I hadn’t seen for several months.  Going… Read more »

“What are you doing this summer?”

By Michael Hernandez, Public Health in Cuba, Summer 2012 It was the quintessential go-to question for striking up small talk as I hurried up and down the stairwells of my residence hall over the past weekend. As students finished up the last of their finals for spring quarter and eagerly packaged up their dorm rooms,… Read more »