Student Director of Public Relations
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Jonathan "Jay" Dalton '12, a biology major and studio art minor, received an Olga Gruss Lewin Post-Graduate Fellowship to serve for a year after graduation with Casa de Salud in St. Louis, Missouri. As an aspiring surgeon with an interest in serving Latin American communities, Jay completed a Tucker Fellowship in Bolivia in summer 2011, serving as a medical assistant. Returning from this trip, Jay felt a strong desire to bring the medical and cultural experience he gained in Bolivia to aid in eliminating healthcare inequalities experienced by many Hispanic/Latino populations in the US as well. During his time at Dartmouth, Jay was involved in the Biology Society, the Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science, and the EMS squad. As an Olga Gruss Lewin Post-Graduate Fellow, Jay will be working with Casa de Salud, a medical clinic that serves the Hispanic/Latino refugee and immigrant population in St. Louis. The benefits of Casa's services extend to the entire St. Louis community by preventing costly emergency room visits through the ongoing care of chronic diseases, which are often left untreated in the immigrant community, since many immigrants work under hazardous conditions for little money and with no benefits. Jay's role with Casa will be threefold. He will use his language and medical skills in the clinic as a medical assistant. He will also be working as a research assistant for Casa's community needs assessment. The final component of Jay's role with Casa will be in their Health Literacy Programs/Client Education Programs. In this capacity, he will accompany patients to visits at other healthcare organizations in order to provide support and advocacy.
Read about Jay's experience so far in the field here.
Last Updated: 2/25/13