Global Health Education Programs

In addition to providing free and low-cost public health services to vulnerable populations, Clínica de Familia La Romana also serves as a base for global health training and research, contributing to a greater understanding of prevention and treatment best practices in resource-poor settings. An annual average of 60 international and Dominican health sciences students and professionals train at the clinic, engaging in community rotations, on-site mentoring, public health and research projects, and continuing professional education specifically in the areas of HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and reproductive health. Clínica de Familia’s research team has published more than 30 articles in peer-reviewed journals, on studies ranging from STI prevalence in key populations to the use of infographics to improve health provider communication with clients with HIV. Since 2002, the program has prepared over 500 students from partnering institutions in the US, Mexico, Spain, and the DR for work with diverse, high-needs populations. Clínica de Familia’s students and residents have come from partnering institutions in the United States, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Spain, including Columbia University, Northwestern University, University of Washington, University of Texas San Antonio, Children´s Hospital of Philadelphia, Rutgers University, University of Miami, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Harvard University, Wellesley College, Vanderbilt University, Florida International University, Dartmouth College, Universidad de las Américas Puebla (Mexico), Pontífica Universidad Madre y Maestra, and Instituto Tecnológico, among others.