Guatemala Health Initiative

The Guatemala Health Initiative involves Penn faculty and students and the mostly Tzutujil Maya community of Santiago Atitlan, in the western highlands of Guatemala.

Together we are exploring culturally sensitive ways to improve health outcomes, in general, and maternal and child health, in particular.

Photo caption: Undergraduate student Emily Behar, local translator Chonita, and Doña Ana, a local healer, with one of her grand daughters.

Santiago Atitlán, western highlands of Guatemala

Dr. Fran Barg, Anthropology and Family Practice, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Kent Bream, Family Practice, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Mamie Guidera, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Claudia R. Valeggia, Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania

Additional Sponsors
Hewlett Award for Innovation in International Offerings
Public Health Program, University of Pennsylvania

Since 2005, the Guatemala Health Initiative (GHI) has coordinated interdisciplinary research, education, and service programming involving the School of Nursing, School of Medicine, School of Arts and Sciences, Wharton, and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. GHI partners with the Hospitalito Atitlán (HA) in Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala, and other local groups to develop and organize community initiated programs aimed at improving health outcomes in Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala.


3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 898-4000


Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
First Wednesdays: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Monday: CLOSED


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