This trip provided a valuable learning opportunity... It offered a chance to dive
into public health practice and get my hands dirty. It was rewarding and filled in
large gaps left in my coursework. There is truly no substitute for first-hand experience.
-Previous PHAST student
While these opportunities certainly enhance students' personal and professional development,
we are also driven to ensure that the partnerships we build with the communities we
enter are equitable. Far too often, power and privilege shape projects aimed at improving
community health. We acknowledge this and seek to intentionally develop partnerships
that share power and are truly mutually beneficial.
Imbuing projects with the complementary skills and innovative mindsets of community
members, practitioners, researchers, students, and educators will strengthen our shared
pursuit of a more just and healthful world.
Are you a masters or PhD student in good academic standing at UM SPH? Do you want
to gain practical applied public health experience in local, national, and/or global
contexts? If so then apply here! To learn more, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and read up on our recent deployments to Grenada and along the US-Mexico border in South Texas.
If your health department or community-based organization is interested in working
with PHAST, please contact us at email@example.com or 734-736-4962. Completing a PHAST Deployment Application beforehand is helpful, but not required. Let's talk!
Following Hurricane Irma in 2017, the CDC requested PHAST's assistance with conducting
a Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) in partnership
with local residents in St. Croix and St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. PHAST conducted
household interviews and assisted with data analysis.
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