Geisel’s Urban Health Scholars (UHS) 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. These winter semester, second year scholars (Chinwe Echeazu, Freddy Vasquez, TJ Meehan, Andrea Jaresova, and Dwan Pineros) along with first year scholars (Aaron Briggs, Alec Fisher, Sarah Ghabbour, Spencer McFarlane, and TR Harris) traveled to the Big Apple. Scholars Brendin Beaulieu-Jones and Courtney Hanlon were unable to make it, but UHS was very fortunate to have been able to bring two other first years, Chris Louis and Angela Lee. Among the first years that applied but were not selected as scholars, these first years were consistently engaged in UHS events at Geisel and added a lot to the NYC experience. Additionally, UHS was able to have two Dartmouth premedical students join for the CCMP MLK event on Saturday. They brought lots of great questions for the medical students and enthusiasm to the CCMP volunteering event. UHS was very fortunate to be able to bring these new faces along, which provided for enriched experiences for all.
Each year NYC gives UHS the chance 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.