home personnel      
mwezi

The Mwezi One project, a collaboration between Kiboko Projects and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, was a combined community and global health experience for rising second year medical students, in the hopes of increasing their levels of cultural humility. 

Nine students from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine class of 2021 mentored 20 junior and senior high school students from Pelham Lab HS, both located in the Bronx, in global health, focusing on cultural concepts of health.  Considering the cultural diversity of both the high school students and the mentors, this led to interesting conversations. They led discussions, on a weekly basis from March 2018 through May 2018.  In addition, all students worked on art projects, also reflecting thoughts about culture and health.  The art included face masks and photodiaries focusing on issues important to the students. Following that, the Einstein students, accompanied by the director of the GHF program, traveled to a secondary school in Kalamba, Kenya as part of their Global Health Fellowship, where they mentored a group of 15-20 students there in a similar program.  The program also included communication via skype between the high school students in both countries.

The objectives of the project were 1) increased cultural humility among all involved: medical students and high school students and 2) a deeper understanding of the importance of acknowledging cultural concepts of health among the medical students and of the association between cultural humility and improved health outcomes.

One of the art forms used was face masks, which were made and designed by all of the participants.  Our face is our most social self; it tells who we are in relation to our community, culture, time and place in history. The program used the creation of masks as a way to express their creativity and explore their identities. Along with the mask making, created photodiaries with video and bookmaking that articulated their stories. These masks transform not only the people who make them, but all who see them as well.  Artistic expression is a way for people to feel better, articulate insights in new ways about their health, or what is needed for their healing and well-being.  Masks have been used traditionally to help people understand themselves and the relationships better; they are a vehicle through which individuals communicate their thoughts and feelings.

The other innovative aspect of the project, cultural immersion, is important as it places a learner in different contexts of culture and language. It allows us to critically examine both our own cultural identity and those of a different culture, and to acquire an appreciation for viewpoints of a culture different from our own.

Bronenstein Skype maskinmakingbx Bronxstudents Kalumbaworkshops PlanningKalumba
planningkalumba paintingmasks Sharingstories Buildingtrust Kalumba Group Discussions
Clinic Fieldltrip
Fieldltrip1
medical clinic mask Mask Group

 

bx1
Magdaline
Emily
Cosmus
Omar
Klem
Sean
Elijah
Cleophas
jen
Gabriel Mbenge
Cynthia
Caio
Lannawill
John
Dennis
Ushna
Lucy
Lannawill
Margaret
 
Celestine
Mary
Maskpanel
Mark