UVA – Guatemala Initiative (UVA-GI)

The UVA-GI was formed over 10 years ago to “promote the development of mutually beneficial and sustainable relationships between UVA and the peoples and communities of Guatemala.” Because the UVA-Guatemala Initiative places a premium on long-term relationships, we often say: “the relationship then the program then the project.” The continuing emphasis on the importance of maintaining relationships. This is one of the reasons that we stress preparation and “expectation management.” This is because, to us, the relationships that we have with each of our collaborators in Guatemala are our most important resource.

The UVA-Guatemala Initiative is a great opportunity for all UVA members.  We have had Faculty, Residents, Medical Students, Graduate and Undergraduate students in the program all seeking an international and global opportunity to enhance their growth and development.  The students have come from a vast range of majors, to include medical, premedical, nursing (including CNL), business, and liberal arts as well as other programs.

UVA-GI projects are ongoing and are often built upon the prior student teams or individual research.  The projects are carefully considered, discussed and are mentored by our Guatemalan team members and collaborators as to ensure integrity, respect, and value for the people of Guatemala. Projects are Healthy Communities; Water Filtration; Waste Water Management; Women’s Health; Mental Health; Solar Heat; Language Enrichment Programs (LEP); EMS Capacity Systems (Telemedicine); Electronic Medical Records (EMR); Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) and Global Health at Home (GHAH).

The UVA-Guatemala Initiative offers a host of programs, all which promote respectful and ethical education, service, and research within a framework of sustainable long-term relationships. These programs and opportunities are overall design to enhance the lives of the students by learning and working in Guatemala.

Contact Information

doctor James Moak smiling and wearing his white lab coatJames Moak, MD
Acting Director, UVA-Guatemala Initiative
Department of Emergency Medicine

E-mail: jhm7q@hscmail.mcc.virginia.edu

Lucio Valencia Flores
Administrative Assistant
Department of Emergency Medicine

E-mail: lv9xs@hscmail.mcc.virginia.edu

Opportunities in Guatemala