Did you miss the informational meeting for GHP 297 Winter Term in Chile on Wednesday, October 7th? Contact Allison Conary for a recording of this meeting.
Chile has been in the forefront of major new issues related to health systems and inequality. First, most Chilean observers were surprised by the massive social protests in October 2019 that challenged the view that Chile was progressing in reducing poverty and increasing equal access to health care for the poor and vulnerable populations. Some of the lessons from Chilean protests may be appropriate for the current Black Lives Matter protests around the world.
Secondly, in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Chile seemed initially to have applied the best practices for containing COVID-19 but never fully implemented them and opened the economy too soon, resulting in one of the worst indicators of the pandemic in Latin America.
This year’s course will be an online “field experience” that will have Zoom interviews with key officials and observers of the Chilean health sector and partnerships with Chilean family medicine residents who will help us understand the Chilean context from the point of view of practitioners starting out in their careers. We will also have videos of Santiago and rural areas in Chile to get a feel for the context and to replicate as much as possible a “field experience.”
Chile has also been an innovator of health sector reforms and has been a model for several countries around the world. We will have Zoom interviews with many participants in the health system to get their views on the protests, COVID-19 situation and the broader options for health reform. We will also attempt to have Zoom or videos of Chile’s initiatives in primary care including an important public private partnership and the development of a family medicine approach to community health care.
Given the difficulty of sustaining full days on Zoom, we expect to arrange to have live sessions together in the mornings for interviews and lectures and have group work (in groups including the Chilean residents) on cases or recorded lectures in the afternoons during the three week course.
During the first two weeks, we will interview key actors in the health system and arrange Zoom visits to clinics and hospitals and the Chilean Congress. During the last week, students will have a chance to do independent work or a practicum on topics of their own interest.
The course requires a presentation and a brief paper on individual research into one of the topics of the course. Some students gain additional credit through an independent study in the spring term following the course.
Course limited to 25 students.