auc 22nd annual community action dayAn important part of our mission of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) is a dedication to developing physicians with a lifelong commitment to public health and community service. It is this belief that drives the university’s faculty, staff and physicians-in-training to engage with the St. Maarten residents through Community Action Day.

Held every semester—the most recent event, held Oct. 17, 2015, was the 22nd of its kind—Community Action Day gathers together AUC physicians-in-training, along with members of our faculty and administration, for events throughout the island, typically ones that focus on health, education, animal welfare, and environmental awareness. Events are conducted in partnership with several St. Maarten organizations.

Students Give Back to St. Maarten

Individual events at Community Action Day ran the gamut. Some AUC students helped with maintenance at animal care kennels. Others hosted children from local foster homes for breakfast and a morning of exercise, play, and a talent show. And still others helped conduct health screenings, educated residents on Alzheimer’s disease, and collected oral histories from older St. Maarten citizens. Some even helped build a petting zoo! (Check out a comprehensive list of activities below.)

Hearing a Call to Service

At this year’s Community Action Day, AUC students:

  • Provided education/awareness messages about Alzheimer’s disease
  • Screened for antibiotic resistance
  • Participated in diabetes screening with the St. Maarten Diabetes Foundation
  • Presented health workshops and provided math tutoring for 12 year olds at Hillside Christian School
  • Hosted children from ICAN and HOPE foster homes for breakfast and a morning of exercise, play and a talent show
  • Helped Ideal Nursery School with maintenance and repairs, provided maintenance at the hydroponic garden, and helped clean up at Mullet Bay
  • Demonstrated breast self-exams at the Pentecostal Church in Dutch Quarter
  • Played baseball and provided tutoring through the St. Maarten Little League Player Development Program
  • Provided health screenings at St. Martin of Tours Church in Phillipsburg
  • Contributed to construction of a petting zoo at St. Maarten Zoo
  • Provided maintenance at animal care kennels with SXM Paws
  • Worked alongside St. Maarten residents and Minister of Education Rita Bourne Gumbs in the development of a model version of the first St. Maarten Agricultural Station (see attached article)
  • Collected oral histories from elderly residents of the White and Yellow Cross home

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Gerry Kimbrough

Posted October 28, 2015 01:29 PM

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