Global Speech-Language Health: Belize This independent field experience in global health explores the application of health promotion and service delivery models from the field of public health to speech-language services through descriptive research of the case in southern Belize. This project explores first steps in global speech-language health outreach for children living in very ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2015
Global Speech-Language Health: Belize
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  • Financial Disclosure: M. Elizabeth Jaramillo is a bilingual speech pathologist at La Causa Charter School, Milwaukee, WI.
    Financial Disclosure: M. Elizabeth Jaramillo is a bilingual speech pathologist at La Causa Charter School, Milwaukee, WI.×
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Article   |   October 01, 2015
Global Speech-Language Health: Belize
SIG 17 Perspectives on Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders, October 2015, Vol. 5, 45-55. doi:10.1044/gics5.2.45
History: Received September 6, 2015 , Revised November 18, 2015 , Accepted December 6, 2015
SIG 17 Perspectives on Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders, October 2015, Vol. 5, 45-55. doi:10.1044/gics5.2.45
History: Received September 6, 2015; Revised November 18, 2015; Accepted December 6, 2015

This independent field experience in global health explores the application of health promotion and service delivery models from the field of public health to speech-language services through descriptive research of the case in southern Belize. This project explores first steps in global speech-language health outreach for children living in very limited resource settings. Global speech-language health outreach includes community-wide interventions, fostering collaboration in the community and internationally, health education, building on local resources to expand health services, and special education program development. This project makes the assumption that a rich language environment may be a determinant of speech-language health. Speech-language interventions that enrich the linguistic environment may be a strong starting point for regions with very limited access to speech-language services. Therefore, this project looks at targeting social and environmental factors that influence language and literacy skills. The aim is to raise awareness of pediatric speech-language disability in southern Belize, with the ultimate goal of increasing school and community participation of children with speech-language disabilities. The purpose of this project is to explore points of entry for population-wide, environment-enriching, and culturally relevant intervention targeting communication and academic growth, in a limited resource setting. Furthermore, this project describes barriers to speech-language services and interventions in southern Belize.

Acknowledgements
I am grateful to the children of Belize who gave me the opportunity to serve and learn with them. They continue to inspire my work. This project was enriched by the knowledge and collaboration from Demetria Ack from the Ministry of Education of Toledo, Belize.
Thank you to Sandra Kuk for her translations, Lori DiPrete Brown for her pre-trip encouragement and project planning, Carlyn M. Hood for on-site logistical support, Michelle Quinn for post-project edits, and Leah Phillippi for her project site and travel tips.
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