Trifinio Center for Human Development
The Trifinio Center for Human Development was opened, along with the community clinic in 2012. In order to provide the best care for the community, oral health services, a clinical lab and a pharmacy shortly followed. In 2016 the birth center officially opened.
- Community Clinic - The clinic serves the families of the plantation's 5,000+ workers and over 28,000 residents in the surrounding villages. Learn more about the clinic.
- Birth Center - The birth center provides a safe place for women in the Trifinio to give birth. Read the press release.
- Oral Health Services - The School of Dental Medicine at the CUAnschutz collaborates with the CGH by funding and providing low-cost dental services at the community clinic with a team of students and faculty. Learn more.
- Clinical Lab - Laboratory services at the clinic include blood and urine testing for both routine health monitoring and diagnosing a wide range of health conditions.
- Pharmacy - The pharmacy is staffed by a full-time pharmacy technician, as well as fourth-year pharmacy students from the Skaggs School of Pharmacy, CUAnschutz.
As part of the care provided, community outreach has played a large role in ensuring families are receiving continuity of care.
- Child Health - Early interventions to improve infant and child development, health and nutrition are shown to have a lasting impact. Read about the project.
- Maternal Health - We work to combat Guatemala's high rates of neonatal and infant mortality. Learn more.
- Worker Health - CGH has collaborated with the Center for Health, Work, and Environment of the ColoradoSPH to address Total Worker Health® in partnership with AgroAmerica. This program will seek to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of employees and their families.
The Center for Global Health's senior investigators conduct research projects in the Trifinio region to learn more about Dengue, Diarrhea, mHealth, Zika and more! Read about the projects.
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The Center for Global health offers a Global Health Elective for residents in Pediatrics, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and Obstetrics-Gynecology. The resident elective consists of a one-month clinical rotation focusing on clinical, research and educational activities.
Learn more about the Guatemala elective at the southwest Trifinio project site.
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Art Program for Children and Adolescents in
Southwest Guatemalan Trifinio area suffer from high levels of poverty,
malnutrition and mental health concerns like domestic violence and alcoholism.
This area experiences one of the highest poverty levels in the nation. There is
limited mental health support available in Trifinio. Many of these problems
start early in life and worsen during the teenage years and adulthood. We created
an opportunity to positively impact the life of Trifinio community members by
providing teens with an opportunity to create, be free, and experience visual
arts. Art provides a safe space for people
to express themselves, which can become a powerful tool for community
empowerment and social change.
The first one-week
pilot art program was delivered to 18 children and 12 teens in Trifinio in
April 2018. Developed by Guatemala Project Specialist Cristina Del Hoyo and
in collaboration with Dr. Alejandra Paniagua, a physician and public
health specialist at the Center for Human Development, and psychologists Desiree Bauer and
Sara Hernandez, the art program aims to promote community engagement and a creative
space so children and adolescents can express their emotions, hopes, and
dreams. The objective of this program is not intended to teach
children and adolescents how to draw or paint, but to give expression to a
community that has neither voice nor representation in many aspects of daily
The art program in Trifinio
has two sub-programs dedicated to meet the unique needs of children and
adolescents. Paint Your Life is designed for children who are 9-11 years old
focusing on self-esteem, identity, family and a sense of belonging. Create Your
Life is designed for adolescents age 12 and up and addresses self-esteem,
identity, planning for the future, and setting goals.
In May 2019, Create Your Life will partner
with the Big Decisions Program to provide, along with the art program, education
on sexual and reproductive health for adolescents between
the ages of 12-18 years. The Big Decisions curriculum is being implemented at
twelve high schools in Southwest Trifinio to meet the needs and concerns
surrounding teen pregnancy and early initiation of sexual activity. This
interdisciplinary collaboration aims to use the power of art to help
adolescents build their communities, explore their unique experiences and
challenges, and promote strength and resilience for the future.
See what all the fuss is about: check out the photo gallery!6