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Family Medicine Cares International Annual Delegation Trip

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The annual Delegation trip is a one-week volunteer opportunity that includes both medical and non-medical individuals. The Delegation members focus on many efforts during their time in Haiti, and are therefore divided into specific teams to accomplish multiple projects. Some focus on treating patients, others on delivering medical education and training, and others on facility improvements and connecting with the local children and youth.

Be Part of the Experience

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The Delegation headed to Haiti on February 15-22, 2014. The Delegation was comprised of 17 family physicians of which three were residents. All of the physicians opted to be part of the Delegation by treating patients on the Patient Care Team or educating colleagues on treatment options as part of the Medical Education Team.

In addition to the great work accomplished by these 17 physicians, there were four Delegates that worked to improve the quality of life for Haitian children and youth.

Consider being part of the Delegation in 2015!
Applications will be available in September 2014.

Patient Care

Patient Care

The Patient Care program component allows licensed physicians and residents (under physician supervision) to attend to patients at community clinics in Haiti. A Patient Care Team is selected within the delegation prior to arriving in Haiti.

Medical Education

Faculty Development

The Medical Education program component provides resources and support for the development of Family Medicine in Haiti through relationships with the Ministry of Health in Haiti (MSPP) and other primary care organizations. In addition to supporting the development of Family Medicine, this program component provides continuing medical education for family physicians and general practice physicians in Haiti, faculty development, as well as Family Medicine curriculum and resources for medical schools and residency programs.

 A Medical Education Team is selected in advance and prepares for the following in-country activities: 

  • Develops and presents a one-day symposium for Family Medicine residents, physicians, and medical students. The symposium includes an overview of Family Medicine and specific medical topics as identified by in-country medical partners (residency programs and medical schools).
  • Develops and presents faculty development sessions at the two Family Medicine residency programs in Haiti.
  • Meets with the medical schools in Port-au-Prince to discuss future symposia, curriculum, and resource needs, plus a long-term role in supporting the development of Family Medicine in Haiti.
  • Meets with the MSPP to discuss the advancement of Family Medicine in Haiti.

Children and Youth Projects

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The children and youth program component seeks to improve the quality of life and the health of children in Haiti, as well as provide health and hope to Haiti’s youth.

It also allows non-medical Delegation members to participate in meaningful volunteer activities while in Haiti. The week-long efforts focus on children's schools, orphanages, and the youth of the Bel Air community.

  • Non-medical Delegation members participate in projects to improve school facilities.
  • Volunteers deliver essential supplies and personal items for children in need.
  • Volunteers provide special activities for the children (parties, reading, playing soccer, etc.).
  • Delegates meet with recipients of Family Medicine Cares International vocational-technical training scholarships. This training allows Haitian youth in gang-controlled Bel Air to find good jobs and improve their community. Interested donors can sponsor individual youth for scholarships that will empower them to secure jobs and bring lasting hope and change to their community.

Public Health

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The public health program component was established to provide Family Medicine Cares International the opportunity to respond to specific needs in Haiti that align with our larger mission and vision, and also fully engage our volunteers (both medical and non-medical) in work that delivers lasting outcomes in improving health and hope for the people of Haiti. 

  • Delegation Service Team members make improvements to the Bel Air Clinic and School facilities.
  • Delegates meet with community and clinic leaders to identify future needs and opportunities.

Medical Equipment and Supplies

The medical equipment and supplies program component provides important resources (medical devices, pharmaceutical products, vitamins, etc.) for community clinics and other entities related to Family Medicine Cares International.

  • Goods needed to support the clinics are distributed and utilized during the week of the trip. 
  • Much needed equipment is provided to the Family Medicine residency programs in Haiti such as AED machines, blood pressure cuffs, glucometers, etc.
  • Companies have the opportunity to get involved through product support and participation.

Points of Care

Welch Allyn has launched a program called Points of Care - a new point-based incentive program that allows physicians to earn points based on purchases of select Welch Allyn products. The points can be redeemed for free product, rebates or a donation to our partner ganization Heart to Heart International. It is in part through Welch Allyn and this partnership and that Family Medicine Cares International is able to provide equipment and supplies to the Family Medicine residency programs in Haiti.

Volunteer

For more information please contact the Family Medicine Cares International Team if you are interested in volunteering.

Make a Donation

If you would like to be part of this rewarding work in Haiti, but do not feel like you can commit the time to be part of the delegation, please consider making a donation. Please know that through your donation you are making a difference in the lives of those in need, at home and around the world.

2014 Annual Delegation -- The 22-member Family Medicine Cares International Delegation arrived in Haiti February 15-22, 2014.
2013 Annual Delegation -- The 21-member Family Medicine Cares International Delegation arrived in Haiti February 2-9, 2013.
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