Cuban specialists have held meetings at various health institutions in the city. Photo: Cubaminrex

CHICAGO.—With the visit by three Cuban experts to the city of Chicago, a collaboration project between the University of Illinois and the Cuban Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) began this week, as part of which Cuban and U.S. professionals will work to evaluate health care for vulnerable and low-income communities in the city of Chicago, in order to suggest measures to contribute to improving their health indicators.

The visit will extend through January 13, and marks the beginning of a joint work program, the first stage of which will last approximately one year and will be focused on maternal and child care and on cancer screening and prevention, according to a press release from the Cuban Foreign Ministry.

During their stay in Chicago, Cuban doctors Sonia María González Vega, director of Primary Health Care in the municipality of Camagüey; José Armando Arronte Villamarín, Provincial Health director in Las Tunas, and Carlos Calvis Cabrera, coordinator of the island’s International Medical Brigades, will exchange with representatives of health centers, universities and other community actors on the experiences and strategies of the Cuban health system, based on preventive medicine.

Regarding the project, Dr. Robert A. Winn, associate vice chancellor for community-based practice and director of the University of Illinois Cancer Center, stated the hope to work with Cuban professionals “to identify the medical practices that have worked for them, while allowing them to observe some of the ways we deliver health care that may be very different from how they operate, in the hopes that this exchange will lead to improved health for populations in both our countries”.