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Santo Domingo, DR

Building Healthier Communities in the Dominican Republic: Creative Inquiry and Study Abroad 

Directed by Dr. Arelis Moore de Peralta

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Description of the Project
This multi-disciplinary creative inquiry project engages Clemson students in a reflective critical thinking learning process and incorporates service learning in order to study the health situation of Las Malvinas II, a low-resourced setting bordering the highly polluted Ozama River in the city of Santo Domingo. Students will use the input gathered from direct interactions with the community to recommend appropriate courses of action for improvement under the healthy communities’ and socio-ecological frameworks. This project increases students’ cultural competence by translating applicable evidence-based health practices from the US to a LAC country. 

HEHD Creative Inquiry III (HEHD 3990 001)
HEHD Creative Inquiry IV (HEHD 4990 007)
Special Topics (FCS 8920 001)

Program Director

Dr. Arelis Moore de Peralta
Department of Languages
Department of Youth, Family & Community Studies
2078 Barre Hall 
Phone: 864-656-0719

Program FlyerBuilding Healthier Communities in the Dominican Republic 2018

DR-2016-1Clemson students working at Las Malvinas II in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; March 2016.

Project Background
Third world communities like Las Malvinas, a low-resourced and low-income setting bordering the highly polluted Ozama River and La Isabela Industrial Park in the city of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (DR), often face public health challenges. Clemson University (CU) students partnered with Dominican University (UNIBE) students and Las Malvinas community in a "Building a Healthier Community Initiative"

Duration of Involvement
Ongoing project; therefore, students can participate for one to three semesters at different stages of project development.

Study abroad
Choice of conducting research and/or assets-based community development strategies at Las Malvinas by traveling to the DR in spring break. Most of research and planning-related work is completed at CU.

Summary of Project Accomplishments, Fall 2016

  • Multi-disciplinary and bi-national research team: Students from a variety of undergraduate degree programs both at Clemson and Iberoamerican University.
  • Quantitative and Qualitative data collected in spring break 2016; including GIS household survey. Data analysis in progress.Community development priorities identified through community involvement.
  • Coordinating group includes local organizations and Las Malvinas Neighborhood Association.
  • Presentations and posters at seminars and conferences.
  • Partnerships developed with various departments and programs at CU including: CU Center for Geospatial Technologies; CEDC; and, Planning, Preservation and Environment.
Map developed by CI students at Las Malvinas II using GIS technology.  Spring Break, 2016.
Clemson University and Iberoamerican University students getting ready to complete GIS Household Survey at Las Malvinas II. Spring break 2016.
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Research teams (CU/UNIBE) completing surveys at Las Malvinas II. Spring break, 2016.

Photos from 2016