Poverty in New York – Access to Healthcare

Ref: HLS-R2-011-2018


Final year undergraduate students studying Health Studies, Nursing, Pharmacy and Midwifery are eligible to participate in this opportunity.The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 25 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is five. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.


New York is a major destination for British tourists and yet seldom is it thought of as a poverty stricken and deprived area. This trip will give students the opportunity to look beyond the facade of the “American Dream” and to analyse the reality of American society, contrasting conditions, community responses, ideology and culture with the UK.

Planned academic activities for this opportunity may include:

HIV Law Project

The aim of this organisation is to provide advice and representation to clients in their day-to-day legal problems, including discriminatory treatment, HIV-related confidentiality issues, housing and eviction prevention, denial of financial and medical benefits, immigration law, public and private health insurance issues.

The Bowery Mission

Since 1879, this organisation has sought to serve the homeless, the hungry and the poor of New York. A visit to this homeless shelter including a tour, talk & discussion – and the possibility of volunteering. Discussion will be focused around health-related issues and health provision for the homeless.

Unitehere Local 100

This labor union strives to raise living standards and improve working conditions in New York. A presentation will be given from the labor union on actions to raise living standards. Discussion will be centred around the importance of labor contracts to workers’ health and well being, particularly around medical insurance, Medicaid, medicare etc.

Foodbank of New York

Here, we learn about the work of this organisation which has been the city’s major hunger-relief organisation working to end hunger throughout the five boroughs for more than 30 years. This visit will include 2 hours volunteering and discussion around health and nutrition issues.

Travel and accommodation

Flights, accommodation and transfers for this opportunity will be booked by #DMUglobal. Students will stay in shared twin rooms at ROW NYC or Manhattan Hotel Times Square. The £600 #DMUglobal bursary will be deducted from the cost of the booking. Students will be required to pay the remainder via the DMU Online Store within 14 days of receiving an offer of acceptance from #DMUglobal.

Flights will be booked with Virgin Atlantic and Delta to depart and return to London Heathrow – dates and time of travel will be confirmed after you have formally accepted your place on the trip.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip you are responsible for ensuring that you meet the US immigration requirements. Once accepted, should you require visa advice, please attend one of DSU Advice Centre’s Visa Advice Sessions.

All students will require an ESTA or some kind of visa to travel to the USA. Further information will be provided to all accepted students regarding the type of visa required and how to apply. If you have any specific questions about this please email dmuglobal@dmu.ac.uk for advice. Please note that you are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Please be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Thursday 4 and Friday 5  January 2018
  • Return date: Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10  January 2018
  • Cost of travel, accommodation and transfers: £899
  • Students will also be required to pay for: Food & drink, entry fees, and visa (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £600
  • Student Cost: £299
  • Deadline for application: CLOSED