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January 24, 2011

CSUDH Hosts Health Professionals from Latin America, Teaches Them Skills to Improve Quality of Life Back Home

(Carson, CA)Twenty health care professionals from the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala are spending the next six months at California State University, Dominguez Hills in an intensive professional development program where they will be learning the latest about insect-borne diseases and vector control, as well as sexually transmitted diseases and prevention.

Their visit is made possible by the Scholarship for Education and Economic Development (SEED) program administered by the University of Georgetown’s Center for Intercultural Education and Development and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). SEED offers scholarships for individuals in economically disadvantaged countries to come to the United States and learn best practices in their field. The SEED cohort at CSU Dominguez Hills is part of the SEED Transmittable Disease Vector Control program.

“SEED is a very compelling program that will create community leaders who have skills and knowledge to directly improve quality of life in their local communities,” said Michael Casner, coordinator of international training programs in the College of Extended and International Education at CSU Dominguez Hills, which is overseeing SEED on campus.

The cohort will be taking such courses as chemistry, anatomy and human physiology, microbiology, nutrition, environmental health, and epidemiology. All courses will be taught in Spanish, or with Spanish translation, by CSU Dominguez Hills professors and local practitioners. Additionally, CSU Dominguez Hills has partnered with local agencies such as the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control, Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services, LA BioMed at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Women’s Health Care Clinic, St. Francis Medical Center, and AltaMed Health Services to provide tours of their facilities as well as internships to the students.

The students will also be taking English language classes and participating in community service activities around campus and throughout community during their stay.

CSU Dominguez Hills will host a second cohort from July to December, 2011.

For more information, contact Michael Casner at (310) 243-3972.

For information on USAID, visit http://www.usaid.gov. For more information about SEED, visit http://cied.georgetown.edu/seed/index.cfm.

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