Quinnipiac University sends a team of nursing and physician assistant students to partner with Health Horizons International in their medical relief efforts to The Dominican Republic. HHI’s mission is to provide quality primary health care to underserved patients of the Dominican Republic and to build local capacity for achieving improved community health. Through partnering international medical service trips with community-based health initiatives, they work to promote well-being and access to health care.
We proudly supported QU’s 2015 mission with a donation of medical diagnostic equipment that was used during clinics and donated to HHI to use and distribute as they see fit.
Patrick O’Brien, a PA student volunteer from Quinnipiac’s 2015 mission give us some insight into their efforts:
“The Dominican Republic trip was a huge success. Over the course of the week, we saw about 300 patients for everything from hypertension to diabetes. Because of both the amount of patients and specifically the amount of hypertensive patients, the (donated) blood pressure cuffs were very helpful.
Sometimes the clinic would get very busy and noisy and the automated cuffs were able to help keep us on track. Periodically I would do manual blood pressures or pulses and compare the numbers and each time the automated cuffs were spot on. They worked quickly and easily and will be an asset to the communities there (in the Dominican Republic).
Thank you and MDF Instruments, again, for such a wonderful donation to an incredible organization. Your generosity has and will continue to make a positive impact on several deserving communities.”