Physician Assistant M.S.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Klein, Alicia


Guatemala City is home to one of Central America’s largest garbage dumps. Many individuals living in Guatemala City scavenge the dump for recyclables and other goods, that they can then sell for income. Family earnings vary greatly on a daily basis and can range anywhere from approximately $2.00 to $6.00. Since family income is very low and often unpredictable, many families living in the area struggle to supply not only a sufficient amount of food for their children, but also nutritious food needed for proper growth and development. As a result, many children in Guatemala face chronic malnutrition. Transforming Futures, a non-profit organization, was created in 2019 with a mission to provide children in the area with physical, emotional, spiritual, and educational support for a healthy and promising future. Specifically, the organization developed a feeding program that serves meals to children to aid in the relief of chronic malnutrition in Guatemala City. The researchers involved in the community service project partnered with Transforming Futures, with the purpose of enhancing the organization’s marketing materials by developing website and brochure content. Testimonials and pictures from families in Guatemala City, who have been positively impacted by the organization, were collected, designed, and displayed on the organization’s website. The goal of the marketing materials is to create awareness regarding childhood chronic malnutrition in Guatemala, as well as share personal stories to create empathy among viewers of the content. The hope is for the organization to gain new and continued support of Transforming Futures’ mission.

Degree Name

Masters of Science in Physician Assistant

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis

Included in

Primary Care Commons