Strong Hearts, Strong Minds, Strong Women: Prioritizing Health After Pandemic Year

By Natalie Claypool

All Able Students Now Vaccinated

This week, all able students received their first COVID-19 vaccine at the local vaccine clinic! This momentous step towards securing health and security on our campus will allow our students to safely travel to their communities for internships, projects, and to spend time with their families during vacations.

Students with their vaccine cards after receiving first doses at local vaccine clinic.

Power to Make a Difference: CPR, First Aid, and AED Training

Last week, all second-year students and staff participated in hands-on First Aid and CPR trainings from an accredited instructor, EMT, and long-time supporter of LMI. They learned how to treat wounds, administer an EpiPen, save someone from choking, restart a heart using CPR and AED operations, and so much more. Read the following testimonial from retired Colonel Michael G. Rose regarding his role in instilling the knowledge and power to save lives in our students and staff.

I had the privilege to teach First Aid and CPR/AED in a remote setting at The Leadership Center near Zambrano, Honduras for a second year in a row. My passion to teach such critical, lifesaving skills under wilderness conditions comes from years of world-wide travel for disaster response and relief, leading to developing disaster preparedness classes. Cardiac arrest or heart attacks are so sudden and require such immediate response, one cannot rely on outside agencies to arrive on time. Every minute without resuscitation loses about 10% chance of survival. Immediate on-scene care dramatically increase chances of survival.

By teaching the students and staff at TLC, I have made a difference in giving 50 people the skills to be an immediate responder and increased chances of survival for the surrounding communities as well.

TLC being about 1 hour from established medical care can now offer assistance and care to several surrounding villages while a hour response time ticks away. They become a significant resource for community development and can perform first response to adult, child, and infant choking, CPR and use the AED, as well as treat severe bleeding to include use of a tourniquet. I am very pleased to offer knowledge and skill but also by hands on practice and scenario simulations we have instilled both competence and confidence to a new generation of service to others that can now make a difference.

Michael G. Rose
Mike educating students and staff on proper EpiPen use in case of an emergency.

Protecting One Another: Seminars on Interpersonal Health

Our return to campus this quarter has also marked the revival of weekly seminars from passionate individuals and impactful organizations. These seminars are an incredible opportunity to share knowledge and instill skills in aspiring student leaders. Recent seminars pertaining to interpersonal and wholistic health have enlightened our students on subjects such as the impact of sexually transmitted diseases, HIV prevention and education, sexual assault, psychological abuse, nonviolent communication, and more. We are eager to pair with organizations that address key Honduran health issues to prepare our students to lead transformative change in their countries.

Honduran nonprofit organization Montaña de Luz demonstrating methods of transmission during an interaction workshop on HIV prevention and education.

The Impact of Education: Second-Year Health & Nutrition Course

All students take a course on Health & Nutrition during the first quarter of their second year at TLC. Read the following reflection from Mirian, a Cohort 11 student currently participating in the course, on why she believes this class has changed her life and future for the better.

The education of our country is very short because we don’t learn the importance about nutrition. Now that I am learning that here, it is so useful because many times we think that health is only something physical. During these weeks that we have been learning, I am so impressed that health means your mental health, your spiritual health, and your physical health. Also, I have been learning how the food we eat and the activities we do can affect our bodies. If we know about these things, then they can help us to take care of our bodies, our mental health, and also our souls.

Mirian P.
Mirian with her Health & Nutrition instructor Ms. Kayla.

Beyond Campus: Aspirations to Improve the Health of Honduras

Many of our students and staff hope to benefit the overall wellbeing of Honduras and its people outside of TLC. Read the following testimonial from Karla Mendoza, TLC Student Director and Cohort 4 graduate, about her career aspirations in the world of public health and medical care.

Before coming to study at TLC, I was interested on studying to become a doctor, but that was a little bit hard because I did not have the money to do it. Then, I had the opportunity to study at TLC, but I still had the dream in my mind to study medicine or anything related to it. When I came to study here at TLC, learning about community development and ways that I can serve my community, that really motivates me to pursue my dreams. Now, that I can do it, that I have the resources, I am motivated to do it. Not only for myself, but for my family, people at TLC, and people in other communities. Now my dream is to become a nurse and contribute to a better health lifestyle.

Karla Mendoza
Karla demonstrating proper CPR on a mannequin during CPR & First Aid training.