Community Empowerment works in tandem with local leadership to provide essential health care, while creating a self-sustaining system in which our assistance is no longer needed.
The first step is to work with our partner communities to identify their needs and provide regular medical and surgical care. Then, we help the communities form partnerships with existing medical and social services to ensure this care will be ongoing. We help establish a governing board over the clinics and provide training for medical students, residents, and medical providers. Ongoing care is ultimately provided by community health care workers, nurses and doctors.
primary care teams
Primary care teams regularly work with local medical providers to provide training and care of chronic diseases.
surgical care teams
Surgical teams operate alongside local providers and provide medical and surgical education for medical students, residents and faculty members. Surgical care includes orthopedic, urology, gynecology and more.
A business model for water purification and distribution services was created to provide ongoing infrastructure support. The sales from the potable water helps finance clinic operations, including the hiring of local medical providers and provides income to several needy families.
We create permanent clinics staffed with local providers, whom we train, in order to provide long-term care to the community. We work to strengthen the local leadership so that they are able to take ownership of the primary care services and water purification and distribution activities.
Community Engagement has been involved in Peralta, Dominican Republic since 2002, and Jerusalem Haiti since 2010. There have been hundreds of volunteers, ranging from medical, nursing, and physician assistant students, residents, nurses, physical therapists, pharmacists, nurse practitioners and physicians, who have participated in our work.
PERALTA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
This partnership has established a unique sustainable community-based medical clinic in Peralta, Dominican Republic and is expanding to include surgical care and training. Our achievements include:
*New* - The Peralta clinic is self-sufficient! In July, the final primary care team worked side-by-side with local staff, who will take over the clinic full-time.
*New* - 260 additional critical surgeries took place. We continue to partner with local regional and community hospitals in the Province of Azua to provide critical surgical services to those left outside the system. Thus far, there have been over 2,300 surgeries performed in the fields of Urology, Gynecology, Pelvic Reconstruction, ENT, Craniofacial Reconstruction, Orthopaedics and General Surgery.*
*New* - The community has begun building an after-school program for over 250 families, using funds Community Empowerment helped obtain through a Rotary grant.
Partnered with Feltrex Foundation. the charitable arm of one of the largest pharmaceutical companies, to provide Dominican doctors with conferences for post graduate medical education. To date, two have taken place.
A public/private partnership was created between the Ministry of Health and Peralta's NGO. The Ministry of Health will provide supporting staff. A local physician, RN, health care providers, pharmacist and custodian were hired locally. The clinic received medication, and pharmaceuticals.
Over 3,000 patients seen each year, more than 500 each medical trips
The development of a water purification, sales, and distribution business, which has provided a profitable income to support the medical clinic
Improving the overall health of the community by reducing the occurrence of infectious diarrheal illness and controlling hypertension
Supporting the local medical system by providing two shipping containers of equipment for the clinic, local hospital and regional hospital, received through ProjectCURE
This partnership provides the only accessible health care in Jerusalem which is a relocation camp created in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake. Our achievements include:
*New* - The Women’s Health Initiative was launched in Jerusalem with Dr. Fiquita St. Paul, who is administering screenings and treatment for early cervical cancer.
*New* - The community health care workers have launched a door-to-door community survey to determine essential health care needs and for further research purposes.
*New* - Thanks to funds raised at AFH 2017, a playground was constructed at Le Fleur’s Orphanage for the children.
*New* - Electronic medical record (EMR) system was updated to better track patients, measure outcomes, and provide the ability to do research that will inform the healthcare of these vulnerable communities.
A second clinic is being developed near Len Fleur's Orphanage. Dr. Fiquita St. Paul is already seeing patients three times a week
Collaboration with the Red Cross to provide vaccinations
Rush University to provide a six-month Global Health Fellow at the clinic, supporting clinical primary care activities and assisting with research roll-outs
The original clinic is an MSPP-recognized site through the Ministry of Health. MSP sites receive vaccines, HIV & malaria testing, and educational materials, as well as discounted medication
A permanent clinic was completed and stocked with equipment from ProjectCURE and a Rotary Global Grant
The development of a water purification, sales, and distribution business. Business is run by a board of local leaders.
The creation of an electronic medical record system
*Numbers current as of 09/2018