The Urban Health Scholars of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth are a group of students dedicated to becoming competent practitioners, researchers, and public advocates for medically underserved urban populations in an effort to promote health equity and social justice. The purpose of UHS is to foster an increased understanding across the Geisel community of the needs of diverse urban populations, while providing the Scholars with the experiences and tools they need to positively impact the health of these same or similar communities in their future careers. As Scholars, we tailor our experiences and our efforts based on the following principles: cultural versatility, service and outreach, clinical medicine, and continued education.
In accordance with our mission and our principles, the Scholars organize immersion trips annually during each academic year to large urban centers around the country in order to gain a better understanding of the unique challenges faced by each of these communities. Each trip is centered on educational and service opportunities. The second year scholars (Chinwe Echeazu, Brendin Beaulieu-Jones, Freddy Vasquez, TJ Meehan, Andrea Jaresova, and Dwan Pineros) along with the newly selected first year scholars (Aaron Briggs, Courtney Hanlon, Alec Fisher, Sarah Ghabbour, Spencer McFarlane, and TR Harris) traveled to the city in our closest vicinity, Boston, for our first trip of the year. Boston has a vibrant and diverse population and is the home to several large academic hospitals, and the state of Massachusetts has diverse and dynamic communities and has been a pioneer in health care reform. Each year this city gives UHS the opportunity to expose ourselves to its unique challenges and successes and we were graciously given the opportunity to extend our network and develop new long lasting relationships.