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Background: The availability of healthcare services is limited in Paraiso, Dominican Republic with the nearest full-service hospital located 34.1 km away. A local, underutilized clinic was unaware of the needs of this disadvantaged community.

Method: Researchers adapted a World Health Organization assessment survey with the goals of determining residents’ priority needs and an appraisal of the current clinic capabilities and gaps in services in order to provide the community with relevant healthcare. 106 families were randomly selected in seven separate geographic areas of Paraiso to participate in the self-report assessment. Researchers, along with a community volunteer, conducted interviews utilizing the 63 question instrument. 105 families agreed to participate representing 504 individuals.


Poster Abstract April 10, 2016 from the 7th Annual CUGH Conference: Bridging to a Sustainable Future in Global Health.





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