Hello Again from St. Thomas, USVI!

It’s hard to believe we have been on this beautiful island for 11 days already! We are still hard at work at the FQHC – building a diabetes and hypertension registry, conducting an ambulatory care survey, observing teamwork and work flow, and precepting with providers. As we prepare our presentation for Wednesday, we hope that the FQHC team will find our projects and results meaningful!

We have also made progress in our work with a local endocrinologist – learning about challenges experienced in a private primary care clinic and observing care provided in the local health department. We’ve really enjoyed the autonomy and hands-on patient care experience we have had in these settings.

In partnership with the FQHC and Innovative, we have also completed two additional health fairs in St. Croix and on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. In total (including St. Thomas), we have now screened and educated over 160 island residents! This has been a great opportunity for us to finish up our Million Hearts (and then some) and interact members of the community. The ferry and plane rides to neighboring islands were fun too – Kristina and Ashley even got to co-pilot!

Off to St. Croix for the Innovative Health Fair

Innovative Health Fair on Tortola, BVI

We’ve also gotten our hands dirty with some more community service – a beach clean up!

Beach Clean Up!

Over the weekend, we also had a chance to explore the British Virgin Islands. Here’s just a sneak peek of our adventure!

The boat we chartered through the British Virgin Islands

Check out this lobster we found while snorkeling in the BVIs! Photo courtesy of Jenny K’s underwater camera 🙂

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