In the summer of 2016, Brenda Tulio and her son traveled to the Dominican Republic (D.R.) with the Haitian Humanitarian Assistance and Relief Team (HHART). HHART missions are supported, organized, and led by Rotary Clubs in Central Canada. Their primary mission is to help improve the quality of life of poor and disadvantaged people – primarily of Haitian heritage – living near Puerto Plata and Sosua, Dominican Republic.
In the summer of 2016, a second-year medical student traveled to the Dominican Republic for six weeks to perform an independent hearing study funded by his university. Although the capital city has a newly established audiology-training program that has started to provide substantial improvements in resources for individuals with hearing loss, resources outside of the capital city for hearing health remain scarce.