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Throughout the day we endeavored to broaden our knowledge on health and social challenges within the the Northeastern India communities. It has been a common theme along this trip to notate the similarities and differences of India and the USA. To understand the strengths and difficulties of each location has been my own personal mission as a way of understanding what India excels in as a means to incorporate a broader sense of what best practices could be when working with the population I work with back home. At this point, it was becoming clear that many people I spoke with considered the community bonds to be a great source of strength. To rely on their family and local communities as a place of positive support was many times reiterated through talking with individuals. As someone who works on a micro level within social work, being able to incorporate the community within interventions of the people I serve in a sense opened doors up within my mind on how to connect the community to the individual being served within the confines of the policies that rule how I provide services.