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04/16/2014

The Day in the Life of a Promotora

For three months, I have been working with Juan XXIII, a public hospital in Santiago, Dominican Republic. I have been working alongside the promotoras, or public health caseworkers in the community of Pekín Abajo.  They are paid minimally, if at all, to visit the ailing on a case by case basis. However, these women go above and beyond. I have worked with them on every sort of scale from every type of angle. I have worked with them as they visited house confined patients, completed censuses for the Ministry of Health, promoted continuing education, and worked through numerous other non-governmental organizations. I have also seen every single one of them deal with their own lives, their own families, and their own rich connections with the community of Pekín. In sum, they do it all. These women tap into all their potential. This grassroots health work is powerful and unlike anything I have ever seen. 

-Calli Johnson

-University of Colorado Boulder

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