Participants will have the rare opportunity of visiting Cuba, a country that despite 50 years of a US imposed international embargo and third world economic status has made a major commitment to the health and welfare of its people and can boast some of the healthiest citizens on the planet. With a health system that is holistic and community based, and focuses on prevention and early intervention, Cubans have healthcare as a right, education that is free through college and beyond, and a human service system that engages community and mutual support, in keeping with the communitarian values of their country.
Trip participants will have the opportunity to meet with policy makers and social workers, observe service settings and dialogue with colleagues in these settings. We will visit services for the young and for the old, for families and for individuals, community based services and institutional services, urban and rural settings. Exact locations will be developed with Eco Cuba once we establish who our trip participants are and what their particular interests are. Eco Cuba will provide excellent language and cultural translation services and an air conditioned tour van to transport us throughout the trip. The estimated cost of the trip is $3000 plus roundtrip airfare to Miami. A stay and a comfortable hotel and most meals are included in this, but there are some out of pocket costs in Cuba including some meals, bottled water, and some cultural events (some are included). We estimate this will be about $400-500 but could be less). Since this is a research trip, all of the cost is tax deductible and we are calculating that participants will be able to receive about 40 social work CEs for their involvement.
At this time we are seeking information about how many of you may be interested in participating in this trip so we know that we should move ahead with planning. We will pursue the trip with as few as 10 participants and will take a maximum of 20 people. Marjorie Ziefert, LMSW will be coordinating the trip for NASW. She has been to Cuba twice and is currently on sabbatical from Eastern Michigan University doing research on Cuba’s human service system.
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