Kailey Stutzky is volunteering in the Dominican Republic with Building Bridges of Hope. As a recent RN graduate, Kailey is working in mobile medical clinics along the border of the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Her goal is to start implementing a permanent medical clinic up in the mountain in an area called Calimete. In 2015 and 2016, she helped complete a study in this area about the factors that contribute to malnutrition in children. The study found that the malnutrition rate in this area was around 25%. Not only will this clinic provide immediate medical attention, but will focus on being proactive. In addition, this is an area where many adults suffer from high blood pressure. By being more present in these communities, the clinic will be able to provide health education and make it easier to obtain refills when patients’ medication runs out. Kailey has committed to stay a minimum of 6 months but hopes to be able to extend her stay for a year.
Blog #142: Volunteer Kailey Stutzky