Contrary to popular belief, the characteristics of human health are not solely based on physical and mental components. Dr. Arelis Moore de Peralta in the Department of Languages and the Department of Youth, Family and Community Studies leads her Building Healthier Communities in the Dominican Republic Creative Inquiry team in taking action to identify and combat communal health problems.
The Creative Inquiry group is collaborating with agencies from the Dominican Republic to address these issues. Academic, governmental and non-governmental groups in Las Malvinas have partnered with this Creative Inquiry team to combat environmental and health concerns in the community. A local university in Santo Domingo,
Universidad Iberoamericana, works with Moore de Peralta’s Creative Inquiry team by helping translate and adapt survey questions to the Las Malvinas community. Clemson GIS Services also helps the team by finding and mapping areas of stagnant water or trash buildup in the community. Representatives from the Dominican Department of Health are contemplating establishing a primary health clinic within the community. “Building healthy communities needs a holistic approach that understands the economic, political and familial factors there. That variety of factors requires a variety of expertise, thus a multidisciplinary approach,” Moore de Peralta said. The CDC is using the team’s adaptation of the CHANGE protocol in other countries like Zambia as the Dominican Republic model is now as a case study in the CDC training manual.