Family Medicine Cares International: 2013 Annual Delegation to Haiti

About the Delegation

The first annual Family Medicine Cares International Delegation spent a week in Haiti from February 2-9, 2013, providing much-needed health care services to the people of Haiti. The 21-member Delegation split into three distinct teams:

Medical Education Team

The Medical Education Team spent seven days in Haiti working to directly impact the future of family medicine. The Medical Education Team held a day-long symposium in two locations, one in Cap Haitien and one in Port au Prince, to provide specialized continuing education for Haitian doctors and health care providers. The symposium topics focused on cardiovascular disease. The team also held meetings with the two family medicine residency programs in Haiti, the Deans of the four medical schools in Haiti, the Ministry of Health (MSPP), and the U.S. Embassy to discuss the future of family medicine. The Medical Education Team consisted of the following family physicians and AAFP members (pictured with Dr. Andre Vulcain of The Haiti Project):

  • Dr. Mary Jo Welker – Delegation Lead
  • Dr. Anna Doubeni
  • Dr. Laura Knobel
  • Dr. Evelyn Lewis&Clark
  • Dr. William Markle
  • Dr. Jane Weida

Brenda Cherpitel of the AAFP Foundation served as Staff Lead for the Medical Education Team and the Family Medicine Cares International program.

Patient Care Team

The Patient Care Team spent the week in Haiti treating more than 600 patients from two weeks to 92 years of age. Team members worked at five different clinics and an orphanage throughout the region and saw a number of conditions. They were able to see over 100 children one of the days for well-child exams. This is not something that normally happens in Haiti and was considered very rewarding for all involved. The physicians were able to treat a number of patients that had been seen previously at the clinics and were impressed by the continuity of care that they were able to achieve in such remote locations. The Patient Care Team consisted of the following family physicians and AAFP members:

  • Dr. Ainee Ahmed
  • Dr. Julie Anderson
  • Dr. Denis Chagnon
  • Dr. Michelle Jones
  • Dr. Jacobo Rivero
  • Dr. Dave Smith
  • Dr. Kimberly Tjaden

Service Team

The Service Team spent the time in Haiti giving back to its smallest voices at the Rose Mina Orphanage and the Fondwa Orphange and School.  While team members were working at Rose Mina they were able to paint the facility a cheerful yellow, inspect the recently completed dining room and renovated bathrooms funded by the AAFP Foundation, plus provide food, vitamins and other basic necessities to the children.  The entire Delegation hosted a lunch and party for the children with treat bags, balloons, soccer balls, and fun all around! 

The Service Team also drove to Fondwa Orphanage and School to visit the children, deliver clothing and soccer balls, and see the kitchen renovation project which was funded by the AAFP Staff. 

This group also helped out at the Bel Air Clinic by completing improvements to the clinic facilities such as painting and staining the remodeled triage area, the new enclosed pharmacy area, and improved bathroom facilities. All projects were funded by the AAFP Foundation.  The Service Team consisted of the following individuals:

  • Lloyd Welker – Volunteer Lead
  • Douglas MacLean 
  • Haley Maclean
  • Taylor MacLean
  • Christeen Moburg
  • Karen Smith

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