In 2009, Shery, who teaches at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, expanded the team to include nursing students. Each year she leads about 20 students to Kingston for a week of service work.
These students become immersed in the Jamaican culture and see firsthand how the healthcare system works in Jamaica. The patient population served mirror the same comorbidities patients in the US face.
Dr. Sheri Cosme joined Shery and the team in 2014 as a DNP student. Her project while on the trip was to collect data on hypertension, diabetes, and demographic data. Typically on each trip the team serves close to 500 patients.