During the month of February 2018, I had the exciting opportunity to help assist in training community health workers in Carrefour, Haiti. This experience has helped shaped the way I approach being an effective public health educator when working with different cultures in different atmospheres. The most important thing that I learned from this trip and the work I did was how to address negative health cultural practices and empower the individuals to engage in positive life changing healthcare practices.
Throughout history, different cultures have come up with ideas and beliefs about how healthcare could be practiced. With this being said, as a public health educator it is important that we understand how to properly communicate with individuals of other cultures about public health so the teachings of positive health practices spread throughout time. For example, empowerment was given to individuals in Haiti by giving them the ability to help their own communities, free of cost through knowledge and proper education. Additionally, International Help provided every community health worker with supplies to help their community prevent many diseases and illnesses such as high blood pressure and malnutrition.