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HEAL Initiative's 2016-2017 End of Year Campaign

Raised toward our $30,000 Goal
85 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on January 06, at 11:59 PM PST
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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 sitesNatividad 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."

Our way
of Thanking You



Donate $50 or more and receive all three: HEAL sticker, a canvas HEAL tote bag, AND a HEAL hard-cover notebook! Souvenirs for your daily use, or keepsakes for friends and family this holiday season.

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Donate $100 or more and receive a professional HEAL photo! Our photos range from HEAL fellows at our sites, to photos of those whom we work hard for at our partnering sites. These are photos that speak a thousand words, ones that truly capture the heart and efforts of all that we do at HEAL Initiative. Receive this perfect gift as a reminder of how you have made a positive impact on the most vulnerable this season.

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Donate $250 or more and receive a photo signed from all of our fellows! Not only will you be receiving a photo taken at one of our sites, but our team of HEAL fellows will also be giving their thanks to you in a personal message written on the photo. We want you to know that your donation will be appreciated from all parts of the world, including our hearts here at HEAL UCSF. A wonderful addition to your home decor, or a holiday gift to friends and family to remind them of the gift of giving when you make a donation in their name.

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Donate $500 or more and attend a get together at our Mid-Fellowship Retreat! Our Mid-Fellowship Retreat takes place over 3 days in June where all of our fellows join together to discuss their ongoing work in their domestic and international sites. When you donate $500, you will have the opportunity to join our current fellows at the Mid-Fellowship Retreat!

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Donate $1,000 or more and be the guest at a dinner with our fellows! Get to know our HEAL fellows over a complimentary evening with our fellows when you make a $1,000 commitment to HEAL. Learn more about how our fellows are making a difference at their sites, why they decided to choose HEAL as their fellowship of choice, and how you can continue to make a lasting impact towards achieving health equity.

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Donate $5,000 or more and visit a HEAL site! With your generous donation of $5,000, we invite you to visit one of our HEAL sites - an incomparable experience that will give you a first-hand look at how your donation will be creating healthy lives for all lives. With partnering sites both domestically and internationally, you will have the opportunity to join our HEAL staff and fellows in visiting a site that will be using your donation to sustain healthy lives for these residents and their families.

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