Short-term service trips and the interprofessional team: A perspective from Honduras

Lynn M. Vanderwielen, Gabriela E. Halder, Alexander S. Enurah, Catherine Pearson, Michael P. Stevens, Steven H. Crossman

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Short-term service trips from the USA annually spend over $250 million dollars to provide healthcare to individuals in developing nations. These trips often uniquely define goals as related to changes in the host population and overlook the valuable benefits potentially incurred by the trip volunteers. The Honduras Outreach Medical Brigada Relief Effort utilizes an interprofessional team approach to develop the dual goals of improving health and quality of life in host communities and improving interprofessional teamwork values and skills among participants. This article outlines details of this program, describes on-going evaluation work and discusses the interprofessional implications from this project.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)168-169
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Interprofessional Care
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Global health
  • Interprofessional care
  • Interprofessional collaboration
  • Partnership
  • Service improvement
  • Short-term medical service trip

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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