Chandler's Haiti Clinical Rotation Experience
Organized by: Chandler Schexnayder
Who/What: My name is Chandler Schexnayder, a rising 4th-year pharmacy student at Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy. Throughout my P4 year, I will embark on seven six-week rotations in various fields of pharmacy. These rotations serve the purpose of developing myself as a future health care professional and leader in society. One of the rotations I have been accepted to is an ambulatory care experience in Ridoré in La Vallee, Haiti. This donation website is to support my travels and stay in this country. Why: The Republic of Haiti's healthcare is the least funded in the western hemisphere with about $83 (United States dollars) spent per year. The World Health Organization (WHO) approximates about 60% of Haitians have no access to healthcare whatsoever, which contributes to the many improvable and curable diseases that succumb this nation’s people. When I was provided with the opportunity to travel to Haiti and make an impact, how could I have possibly said no? 10 days in Haiti with 3 years of pharmacy knowledge will not change this nation’s predicaments, but as a servant-leader, I must do my best to ensure quality upkeep of any patient I interact with. How: I agree with President of Haiti, Michel Martelly, when he says, “I believe my past is my strength.” I have been fortunate to spend five and a half years at a university where creating a “more just and humane society” is a mission for all students to adopt. Xavier has succeeded in making this mission a part of my own. During my undergraduate years, I was able to show my flexibility by holding positions in Student Government Association, Alpha Phi Alpha, and Mobilization At Xavier where community service became a weekly duty. Because of my steady aspiration to help those in need, I dedicated an entire summer to co-create The XULA Male Guide and Project: E.A.T. organization to assist with Xavier’s ailing male retention rate and campus involvement. With Project: E.A.T., I was able to facilitate over 50 volunteers to clean up debris from the ravaged city of Colombia, Mississippi after tornados destroyed 10,000 homes. Currently in the College of Pharmacy, my passion for servant-leadership has not wavered due to my community outreach in Kappa Psi, Phi Lambda Sigma, APhA, and Rho Chi Society. As the current President of Xavier’s Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA), I have upheld the organization’s mission to “serve the underserved” by orchestrating over 50 events with 90% of those events being health-service-based. Now, I am ready to give to the people of Haiti through medication/disease-state counseling and making clinical recommendations. When/Where: I will be serving in Ridoré in La Ville, Haiti with some of my Xavier colleagues and professors and the Haitian Association for Human Development from June 17th-26th. Your donations will assist towards my mission fee, flight travel, and hotel costs. Any money I may not use will go towards traveling to my future rotations (i.e. Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis) and postgraduate training interviews throughout the year. Thank you for your generosity!