Xavier University students start 2010 with an interfaith medical mission trip to Jamaica

Pre-professional health students are learning about the medical needs of Jamaican residents | December 9, 2009

A group of Xavier pre-professional health students are kicking off the new year with an interfaith medical mission trip to Jamaica. From Jan. 2-9, 13 students are traveling to Jamaica with a doctor and nurse from TriHealth Cincinnati and Rabbi Abie Ingber, the founding director of Xavier’s Office of Interfaith Community Engagement.  

The students are shadowing the medical professionals in a health center located in the mountain community of Steer Town, Jamaica. They are also meeting theologians of different faith traditions common in and native to Jamaica. 

“In the midst of America’s passionate debate about healthcare,” says Ingber, “Xavier students will come face to face with a Jamaican community desperate for medical attention. The students will shadow professionals from TriHealth in serving hundreds of impoverished residents of Steer Town, Jamaica. While immersing themselves in Jamaican culture, they will also reflect on the multicultural and interfaith diversity of their own group members. Not only will our college students do good, they will grow professionally in the process."

Ingber said he wants the students to reflect on the diversity of the world and on how their different faith traditions brought them to Jamaica to serve the poor residents of Steer Town.

“Simply put, we are trying to develop the next generation of American leadership both at home and in our larger world community,” Ingber said. 

Donations to the students’ medical mission work are welcome. Call 513-745-3569 or e-mail wetterauat@xavier.edu for information.