Texas A&M One Health Summer Research Program in Nicaragua a Success
Posted August 27, 2015
COLLEGE STATION, Texas –Five students and three faculty members
from Texas A&M University and a student from the University of
Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine recently returned from a
month-long research and service trip to Ometepe, Nicaragua.
The students assisted a local doctor in three independent
clinics on the island during each week, planted one medicinal and
two vegetable gardens, held two human and animal health fairs,
trained nurses and local women in CPR, and cooked a healthy meal
for all the children in a community. In total, the students worked
with 604 people and treated 370 animals. The community members also
completed 97 animal and 152 public health questionnaires. After the
team’s return, its members will be presenting posters, offering a
seminar, and submitting abstracts to various conferences.
Students involved were Jade Haberman (College of Agriculture and
Life Sciences, masters student), Michelle Kurkowski (College of
Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences), Chelsea Stewart and
Christina Babu (College of Medicine), Valery Roman-Cruz (School of
Public Health), Benton Harvey (University of Tennessee, College of
Veterinary Medicine). Faculty members were Dr. Laura Ferguson, Dr.
Van Ngo, and Dr. Katie Fuller from the College of Medicine, Texas
A&M Health Science Center, and team leader Merrideth Holub, One
Health Program Coordinator.
The One Health program employs a translational medicine approach
by addressing community-identified challenges to human, animal, and
environmental health in a developing county.
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