Tagged Molly Lopez

Putting What I Learned Into Action

By Molly Lopez, MPH ’12 in Population and Family Health I needed to learn more about the Dominican culture to best design an effective questionnaire and materials to promote healthier lifestyles. The tour of the food market helped me to recognize local foods and dishes, such as la bandera Dominicana (the Dominican flag) a staple meal made of rice, beans and meat; pollo guisado, a stew-like chicken dish; and mangu, mashed plantains. I heard these and other common food terms used daily. They were frequent answers to patient questionnaires that a medical intern and I administered in the family consult waiting…

First Step in Planning An Intervention: Get to Know the Culture

By Molly Lopez, MPH ’12 in Population and Family Health The first thing that struck me as I walked into the Centro Especializado de Atención de Salud Juan XXIII was the sheer number of patients lining the narrow white hallways and spilling out from the waiting rooms. The doctor I would be working with had told me that patients arrived at the public clinic well before appointments began, but the density of the crowds still surprised me. With appointments costing just 25 pesos (less than a dollar), the clinic draws many residents of Santiago, the second largest city in the Dominican…