Social Welfare and Public Health in Cuba/SLU2015

Social Welfare and Public Health in Cuba /

Saint Louis University

August 2 – 15, 2015

vinales early morning

Viñales Valley at sunrise, Pinar del Rio, Cuba

This program will provide a close look at vital issues facing Cuba today with a focus on (1) social welfare and public health policy and practice; (2) sustainable social and environmental policy and practice in Cuba; (3) clinical practice in terms of family, child and adolescent intervention and therapy; (4) issues of gender, race and class in Cuba as they impact the practice of social work and public health in Cuba. 

Participants will have the opportunity to interact with official policy makers, directors of programs, and a variety of practitioners with a range of social work, pubic health and related disciplinary training. The program will include engagement with urban and rural Cuban citizens in a variety of formal and informal settings as well as a variety of cultural activities.

Through site visits, presentations and discussions, participants will be presented with Cuba's perspective on the issues and encouraged to think critically about how these perspectives relate to the US, to our work as social workers and public health workers, and to society in general, as well as how Cuban and US professionals can learn from each other, and how we, as US  citizens, might work together for the well-being of our clients, communities, countries, world and planet.

SAMPLE PROGRAM Social Welfare and Public Health in Cuba 

doctor and family cuba

Cuba's universally available public health system is largely responsible for its having the lowest infant, child and mortality rate in Latin America.

If you have any questions on the program and/or  logistics for the delegation, please email Pam Montanaro, Coordinator for Eco Cuba Network or call 510-318-4910

For articles and videos on Social Welfare and Public Health in Cuba, check out our Resources on Social Welfare in Cuba page.

For articles and videos on Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development in Cuba, check out our ECN Resources page.

Program and Accommodations fee: $2900

  • Inclusions:
  • Double room accommodations
  • Two meals per day
  • Full program
  • Guide and translator
  • Transportation to all scheduled events
  • Pre trip educational materials


  • Single supplement $350
  • Water and other beverages
  • Tips and gratuities to hotel and wait staff and tour guide and driver
  • Optional cultural and other non-scheduled activities
  • Personal expenditures

Flight package fee: $550-575

schoolkids sierra maestra

Cuba's public education system, mandatory through ninth grade is widely regarded as the best in Latin America, with its effective 100% literacy rate and large number of university graduates.

How to Register:

Please email Pam Montanaro or call at 510-318-4910 to receive the registration forms and orientation packet for this Cuba tour.

Cuba travel for Eco Cuba Network tours, including the flight, visa and required Cuban health insurance, is arranged by Marazul Charters, a licensed Cuba Travel Service Provider with over 40 years experience arranging Cuba travel for professional, educational, cultural, and "people to people" delegations to research every aspect of Cuban life.

We must receive your application and a non-refundable deposit of $500 by two months before departure, preferably upon registration. Payments by Mastercard, Visa and Discover are welcome. Full payment is due 6 weeks before departure.

Participants should also allow at least $50 – 100 per day for personal expenses and non-covered items, the flight to Miami from your home city, and one overnight stay in Miami the night before departure for Cuba.

VI Jornada Cubana Contra L a  Homofobia en Ciego Ávila , Pasacalle Avileño

In recent years, under the able leadership of President Raoul Castro's daughter Mariela, Cuba has been in the vanguard of nations working for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens.


Eco Cuba Network is a project of Green Cities Fund.

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