[upbeat guitar medley] [Rachel Wenner speaking] It was a
complete cultural immersion. [Rachel and fellow student waving on the airplane] [Wenner] We didn’t go to the touristy sites. We didn’t go to the most popular places. We went to the places that
the people recommended. [public health students sitting at a long outside table] And where we could get a
truly Jamaican experience. [scenes of Jamaican countryside, streets, fruit markets] [group shot of students on the back of a truck] [Jessica Kruger, clinical assistant professor, Department of Community Health] Our purpose to take students to Jamaica is to expose
them to a different culture. And along with culture, looking
at behavior driven diseases. [Nanzeeba Ahmad, biological sciences student] It was correlated to global health in a sense because there’s
an increasing prevalence of non-communicable chronic diseases. So obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, [students examining Jamaican patients] [Ahmad speaking] we learn about why it’s becoming a prevalent issue. [Wenner] We went to a variety of medical centers for mental health. Public hospitals, [health facilities in Jamaica] community health clinics. We even set up a mountainside clinic. In all of those environments. [students examining patients and working with Jamaican officials] [Wenner] The treatment plan was more focused on the individual as a
whole. Looking at their behaviors, their housing accommodations, their lifestyle. [street scenes in Jamaica] [Ahmad] We also learned a lot about developing [students gathered; talking with residents in the street] empathy for patients.
Learning how to communicate to them, developing interpersonal skills. [Kruger] On the other side of looking at the influence of diet and exercise,
[students walking on a country trail] we visited a Rastafarian farm, [students in the farm fields working with farmers] Including getting to leave our mark in Jamaica, [students with tree saplings] planting trees that we can come back and visit. [Wenner] It’s so much more slow-paced and focused on community.
[shots of outdoor Jamaican shops] And that’s something that I’ve been able to take back just even in the first
[group shots of UB students] couple weeks of school.
Being able to slow down, [Wenner] be appreciative, be grateful. Really choosing the career that you want [more shots of students gathered together] and doing the best that you can to help as many people
as possible with that. [interlocking UB logo on screen]