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Guatemala Health Initiative

Curatorial Section

Physical Anthropology

Research Discipline

Biological Anthropology


2005 - 2012

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The Guatemala Health Initiative involves Penn faculty and students and the mostly Tzutujil Maya community of Santiago Atitlan, in the western highlands of Guatemala.

Location Information

Santiago Atitlán, western highlands of Guatemala

  • Dr. Fran Barg, Anthropology and Family Practice, University of Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Kent Bream, Family Practice, University of Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Mamie Guidera, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Claudia R. Valeggia, Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania
Project Overview

Together we are exploring culturally sensitive ways to improve health outcomes, in general, and maternal and child health, in particular.

Since 2005, the Guatemala Health Initiative (GHI) has coordinated interdisciplinary research, education, and service programming involving the School of Nursing, School of Medicine, School of Arts and Sciences, Wharton, and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. GHI partners with the Hospitalito Atitlán (HA) in Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala, and other local groups to develop and organize community initiated programs aimed at improving health outcomes in Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala.

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