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Gawad Kalinga USA’s Community Health internship program sends students in the medical and allied healthcare fields to conduct research into the health and wellness needs of poor communities in the Philippines. This research spurs efforts to build community programs that help address mental health, nutrition, heart health and diabetes issues that residents of these communities face with little to no access to healthcare infrastructure.

The research and community health programs are led by GK USA’s Community Health interns, medical students from the University of Massachusetts and other partner US schools. Our interns receive cultural competency training and exposure to real-world community health projects, and in return, they lay the foundation for sustainable and scalable community health infrastructure for populations that have little to no access to care.

Contributions to the GK USA Community Health program are tax-deductible, and go towards covering the cost of implementing pilot programs at Bocaue, Bulacan, as well as stipends for our interns and medical and community health faculty.