Bringing Hope and Health to Duroville - UC Irvine

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>> At one point, public health and medicine used to be together. So, the doctor used to
be aware of the mosquito count, and the roach count, and things like that. And at the same
time, alright, looked at what was happening with that particular famine, that particular
patient. We divorced public health from the care of the patient, and I think that divorce
did not do any good to medicine.
>> We have been presented an opportunity, presented an incredible opportunity for students
to become more sensitive to some of the issues that are affecting the underserved in this
country. Duroville perhaps is an exaggeration of what we see in many other environments
in this country, urban and rural. But they do exist, and our students should be aware
of that.
>> All the students, everyone who comes here, they seem to be ignited in some way or another,
inspired. It is not just something like a standardized patient. It’s not going to
a clinic where people can go to any other doctor if they do not like it kind of attitude.
It is people who do not have any access to almost anything. They make a life of themselves
out of what they have. It is amazing how they can create an existence out of almost nothing.
And I want to be a part of helping them, empowering them; and I think the only way you can solve
some of the problems that we face in this world is through education. I mean really
I can treat patients all I want at a clinic if that's what I want to do, but I am not
changing the root of the problem if I do not address the root of the problem, if I do not
know what that is.
>> The reality is that when you look at surveys that have been done of healthcare in this
country, very, very few patients complain about our technical expertise. Very few patients
complain about our diagnostic expertise. They complain about our arrogance, our lack of
culture, sensitivity, the fact we do not dedicate enough time, the fact that we seem to be in
a hurry all the time. We are not interested about the patient’s issues. Those are the
modern complaints. It is not like we made the incision in the wrong place.
>> It feels great. It feels really good that there are people that care about us, even
though they are not from here. Young people that are motivated to address some of the
needs that exist here in Duroville. It feels great, and I am very appreciative that students
from the university are here to help us.
>> I think that everybody who's here has a genuine interest in the community. They have
a genuine interest in the children they see playing outside, the women they're listening,
the men who come home from work. All those things are part of their community. We come
from our own backgrounds; we come from our own upbringings; but we all have something
to contribute.
>> It is impossible for these students to do this type of work and not to be touched,
and not to be changed by this environment. If you see these students facing these people,
you realize that this is really something that will change their lives.