St. Maarten Community Affairs at AUC Medical School
In partnership with the country of St. Maarten
AUC strives to be a leading citizen institution in St. Maarten, collaborating with local government and community organizations and extending our educational mission into local communities to benefit the health and well-being of the people living there and enhance student learning.
Read more about service-learning and community outreach opportunties in our service-learning brochure.
Numerous student-run and AUC-sponsored organizations engage faculty, staff, and students in community service projects year-round. These include periodic health and wellness screenings, volunteering at foster homes and schools, cleanup and beautification projects, tutoring and reading programs, and health education. Students can also earn course credit through service learning initiatives of their own design.
Three times annually, AUC stages Community Action Day, which gathers physicians-in-training and their families, along with members of AUC’s faculty and administration, for events held throughout the island. The day’s events focus on health, education, animal welfare, and environmental awareness, and are conducted in partnership with St. Maarten organizations. Programs like this provide students with the opportunity to interact with their community and perform health screenings and other services.
AUC is actively involved with the St. Maarten government through the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development, and Labor to collaborate on health-related initiatives to address public health issues, such as mosquito-borne diseases. These activities complement the AUC medical education curriculum by helping students develop cultural competency and other important skills and attributes that are critical to their development as effective and compassionate physicians.
Notable Community Initiatives
Working to Improve Health
- Health screenings and prevention programs
- Programs to engage with the elderly and support their continued cognitive function
- Sustained efforts aimed at diseases such as breast cancer, diabetes, sickle cell anemia, and HIV/AIDs
Enriching the Lives of Young People
- Support for school meal programs
- Youth mentoring for children in need
- Fun activities for young people in children's homes
- Scholarship program for University of St. Maarten students
- Beautification projects and repairs/renovations to local schools
Addressing Public Health Issues
- Ministry collaborations to address tropical disease-related issues, including surveillance and programs to prevent mosquito breeding
- Collaborations to enhance local healthcare professionals
The Department of Service-Learning & Community Affairs serves as the primary administrative link between the community and AUC's physicians-in-training. Consistent with the University’s desire to produce physicians with a lifelong commitment to community service, the department serves the following functions:
- Builds and maintains partnerships with community agencies
- Provides students with supervised credit-bearing service learning opportunities which support their professional identification and understanding of the social responsibility implicit in a physician’s role
- Assists the wide variety of student organizations in developing service projects that address health needs of St. Maarten residents