International medical mission work, especially programs that include undergraduate students are under increasing fire as an unsustainable method for providing care to marginalized populations in developing countries. Medical mission work is often short-sighted and neglects to address the underlying causes of diseases. Annually, the CSB/SJU Global Health Affairs Club plans and executes a "Global Medical Brigade" to Honduras in conjunction with Global Brigades, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Global Brigades is different than most medical mission organizations in that it follows a holistic model to address health concerns. Through seven separate "brigades," Global Brigades addresses both immediate health concerns and their underlying causes.
Tyler Bruinsma '17 is a past President of the Global Health Affairs Club and was Program Director of the May 2016 Global Medical Brigade that involved 34 CSB/SJU students and 2 healthcare providers. Through the lens of the Global Brigades Holistic Model he presents on all aspects of global health incorporating experiences from the CSB/SJU Global Medical Brigades in 2014, ‘15, and ‘16.
Bruinsma, Tyler J., "Sustainable global medical mission work: the CSB/SJU Global Medical Brigade" (2016). Forum Lectures. 155.