Shellonda Anderson, Susie Aspinwall, NP,Lorraine Bailey, RN, Colleen Burke, NP, Debbie Chong MD, Karolynn Echols MD, Jerry Hemenway MD, Ann Leber, Chimene Liburd MD,
Mary-Jo O’Sullivan MD,Lise Rehwaldt MD, Sharon Steele MD, Nicola Thompson RN, Steve Vanasco DO,
This was our sixth mission to Jamaica and the largest one yet. For the first time, Medicine in Action had a pediatric team. We were able to see a total of 788 patients in our various clinics. During the first week we traveled to various inner city clinics in Kingston and during the second week the team traveled to rural St. Mary saw patients in the public health clinics.We were hosted by the Chung family of St. Mary. MIA volunteers emphasize patient education. At least half of the patients that were seen were given education on at least one of the following topics: healthy diet, exercise,self breast exams. Some of our volunteers also held group health educationclasses in patient waiting areas. Our GYN team continued to perform muchneeded surgeries at St. Joseph’s Hospital.
We would like to acknowledge the American Friends of Jamaica who provided us with a $2500 grant to help us with this mission. Their contribution allowed us to take care of many more patients and improve on the services we offered them.