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Health Brigades

Participate in Health Brigades

Shoulder to Shoulder has four brigades in which our students can participate. Brigade participants engage in a variety of cultural and service-learning opportunities while providing services such as basic medical and dental care, health education, school health screenings, women’s health, home visits and community-based learning.

* Health education June brigade engages participants in community health promotion, education, public health and Communication Sciences & Disorders and is non-clinical in nature.

Brigade Dates

  • March 14 - 22

  • May 15 - 24

  • May 29 - June 7* (health-education and CSD)

  • August 7-16

Note for full-time students

As a part of the brigade experience, a credit bearing course is required for all full-time University of Kentucky students that participate in the 2020 brigades. The course is titled, “Interprofessional Teamwork in Global Health”. Themes include an overview of Ecuador, cultural anthropology and working in a multidisciplinary environment, among other topics. Once accepted into the brigades, participants will learn more about how to register for the course. If you have concerns about taking this course, please email Craig Borie at craig.borie@uky.edu for more information. 

Scholarships

Please see scholarship opportunities for the Shoulder to Shoulder Global brigades below.

New Horizons

Education Abroad offers the New Horizons scholarship. Application deadline for the New Horizons scholarship is December 1st. 

Benjamin Josephson Fund

For certain healthcare providers, the Benjamin Josephson Fund provides $1,000 scholarships. You can find out more information at http://bhjfund.org/

STSG Student Association

The STSG Student Association is currently offline. If you are interested in an opportunity to work with this organization, please email Craig Borie at craig.borie@uky.edu

Application deadline for first round selection is Friday, October 18, 2019

Brigade Application Process

Step 1

Select brigade month of preference and if the experience will be for credit or noncredit. ​

Step 2

Submit application. 

Step 3

Shoulder to Shoulder Global (STSG) office will notify you of application status. Note that this may take up to 10 weeks if applying in the fall. 

Step 4

If your application is wait-listed, STSG office will notify you if an opening becomes available at a later date. 

Step 5

If accepted, the STSG office will send notification for when and how to make payment and the next steps to prepare for the brigade to Ecuador.

Apply to Programs with Academic Credit

If you are a full-time UK student earning academic credit, choose the application below that corresponds to your Brigade: All full-time UK students should select the application for academic credit.

March Brigade

May Brigade

June Brigade

August Brigade

Note: When applying, a note may pop-up stating that there's a $50 charge. Please disregard this message as you will not be charged that fee just for applying. The charge is included in the brigade fee if you are accepted.

Apply to Programs Without Academic Credit

If you are not a full-time University of Kentucky student, or if you are not earning academic credit, choose the application below that corresponds to your brigade:

March Brigade

May Brigade

June Brigade

August Brigade

Note: When applying, a note may pop-up stating that there's a $50 charge. Please disregard this message as you will not be charged that fee just for applying. The charge is included in the brigade fee if you are accepted. 

Brigade Payments

Deposit (no refund): $300 Due Dec. 2, 2018

Remaining Balance: $950 Due Jan. 6, 2019