HEAL Initiative's 2016-2017 End of Year Campaign
What is the HEAL Initiative?
The HEAL Initiative is a two-year fellowship program that provides integrated training to health professionals committed to improving the health of underserved populations in the U.S. and around the globe. Our program links US based physicians with other health practitioners already serving their own communities in Haiti, Liberia, Mali, Malawi, Nepal, India, Mexico, and Navajo Nation. While providing all our fellows with the training and mentorship needed for effective health care delivery in low resource settings, we aim to create a new generation of global health experts who share a deep commitment to equity, justice, and reciprocity.
Who Are We?
Dr. Phuoc Le and Dr. Sriram Shamasunder
The two of us met in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. We were both helping with the relief effort, treating patients and organizing the transportation of patients and the coordination of volunteers. In the days and weeks after the quake, we were amazed at the outpouring of international support. However, we both also noticed that very few of the volunteers had experience working in low resource settings. Despite good intentions, they lacked the clinical and non-clinical skills needed to appropriately treat patients. We also wanted to find a way to effectively provide support for the local health care providers, who felt their work was limited by the severe lack of resources.
Building Local Capacity Through Sustainable Partnerships
In standing by our main values of health equity and collaboration, the HEAL Initiative offers comprehensive training and support to both domestic as well as international counterparts in underserved areas. This means that a pharmacist in Hinche, Haiti or a nurse in Navajo Nation will benefit from all of the training and mentorship HEAL has to offer, from a month-long intensive global health bootcamp held at UCSF to a free online Master's in Public Health (MPH) offered through UC Berkeley's School of Public Health or a university in England. Our quest for sustainability is more than just a goal of financial independence. It is our mission to support and build local capacity so that quality healthcare will be available long after our fellows graduate the program.
How Does the HEAL Initiative Work?
Why We Need Your Help
Our model is designed to be financially sustainable within a matter of years. However, to get the program off the ground, we need your support. Your donation will help provide quality training and mentorship to all of our fellows, regardless of whether they are based in the US or in Haiti, Liberia, Mali, Malawi, Nepal, India, or Mexico.
By contributing a commitment to HEAL, you will be supporting our movement to create, scale, and sustain universal health equity. Your funds will support our activities at our new sites, sustain activities at our ongoing sites, and support our fellows in their mentorships to heal lives in the poorest nations. Your support will help:
- Initiate a Site Fellow Exchange Program: through this program, our domestic and international site fellows have the opportunity to visit, observe, and participate in activities at a partner site of their choice. Your donations will help fund this cross-cultural learning experience! To learn about how a site exchange can impact a fellow's work, read Possible site fellow Isha Nirola's reflection in the Updates section.
- Build activities at our newer sites: Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, California and Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Regional Hospital in Alaska. Further, we seek to deepen our international work alongside partners Sewa Rural and Tribal Health Initiative in India. Partnerships with these sites will further HEAL's efforts to address deep health inequity within the United States.
- Sustain ongoing activities at our six domestic and seven international sites.
- Carry our work to the national forefront: now more than ever, it is important to spread the message of our core values: decency, dignity, and direct action and leadership. Join us in bringing voice to the realities on the ground, in pursuit of a more equitable world.
Thank you for your support!
Your donation will go even further this year. A generous donor will be matching the total funds up to $10,000. Give an amount of your choice or select a giving level to the right when you click "Give Today."