The Community-based Learning and Practice (CLAP) program is the product of an ongoing partnership between the Self-Employed Women's Association of India (SEWA) and Global Studies at the University of Virginia. SEWA is a trade union that promotes the rights of 1.8 million self-employed women workers across India. The CLAP program is a three-week public health practicum run out of the SEWA office in Ahmedabad, Gujarat that promotes learning through exposure to grassroots public health work among SEWA's members, the informal women workers and their families. The approach is grounded in Gandhian values, interdisciplinary, and attentive to SEWA’s emerging needs.
Students will visit communities in and around Ahmedabad, Gujarat for an in-depth understanding of SEWA's public health programs and its action on social determinants of health. We will take a holistic perspective and visit SEWA field areas for field-based learning combined with classroom discussion focused on related theory, methods, and comparative cases. During subsequent field visits, students will select and focus on one particular aspect of health, as it is experienced in the women’s everyday lives. This work will be guided by discussions with SEWA's grassroots team.
This 3-credit PHS course is open to students who have completed a minimum 3 semesters of undergraduate coursework prior to the start of the program. Undergraduate, Masters and PhD students in Public Health, Global Health, Nursing, Medicine, International Development, Social Work, Medical Anthropology and/or Interdisciplinary Studies programs are invited to apply. Prior coursework related to public health preferred.
Professor Rupa S. Valdez | firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Valdez is an assistant professor in in Public Health Sciences & Engineering Systems and Environment. Her research focuses on understanding and supporting the ways in which people manage health at home and in the community.
Professor David Edmunds | email@example.com
Professor Edmunds is the director of the Global Development Studies track. He is interested in environmental issues as they intersect with culture, social relations, politics, and community development.
Susan Thomas | firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Thomas has worked at SEWA for more than six years and is the national coordinator of SEWA’s public health programs. She has helped train students from a wide variety of European, North American, and Asian universities, and has trained professionals from across the Global South.
Accommodation and Meals
Students will stay in double occupancy rooms in a hotel in Ahmedabad, located across the street from SEWA’s offices.