Global Outreach Grant Recipient Projects

2018

Health Horizons International (project led by Patrick W. O’Brien, PA-C)
Project Name:
“Connecting Communities to Primary Healthcare in the Dominican Republic”
Project Amount: $8,640
Health Horizons International (HHI) is a U.S. non-profit organization and Dominican charitable organization whose mission is to improve community health in the Dominican Republic (DR) by strengthening local capacity for quality primary health care and public health. HHI has three main program areas: 1) empowering community health workers; 2) strengthening the primary care system; and 3) promoting access to quality healthcare and public health programs. This project is a series of primary health care field clinics, which supports the final priority area of increasing access to quality healthcare in the Dominican Republic. The Quinnipiac University PA Program has partnered with HHI since the organization’s founding, and HHI has since welcomed practicing PAs, including several who graduated from the QU PA program and volunteered as students. Three times per year, HHI staff, local partners, and international medical service trip volunteers conduct a series of primary health care field clinics to provide consultation, clinic and home appointments, and training to allow for continued improvement in the local healthcare system. In between service trips, PA students prepare by studying the Dominican culture and learning about the healthcare system.

2018 Robert K. Pedersen Global Outreach Grants

Global Health Educators (project led by Wilton C. Kennedy, PA-C, and Judy Gustafson, MD)
Project Name:
“Magale Maternal/Infant Health and Albino Community Education”
Project Amount: $7,965
Global Health Educators is a nonprofit organization involved in healthcare education programs in developing countries seeking to scale up high-impact interventions to reduce maternal/child mortality and improve health and well-being. Students and faculty travel annually to the rural village of Magale to collaborate with local health, education and civic leaders to make a positive impact on the health of the community through education and capacity enhancement of human resources and materials. This year’s project will focus on maternal/child health and a community awareness program on albinism with collaborative physicians, midwives, clinical officers (Ugandan PA equivalents), nurses, teachers, school administrators, nuns and traditional village lay birthing attendants. The team will build on successful projects and introduce a new project, including a day-long CME-style seminar on albinism education to village lay volunteers. The educational/intervention efforts will be developed and implemented with local partners based on local needs assessments. Evaluations will be based on data collection, focus groups and debriefing with 400 lay health partners. Students will be involved in high-level program development, implementation and evaluation.

Touro University (project led by Joy Dugan, MPH, DHSc, PA-C; Sahai Burrowes, PhD, MALD; and Sarah Sullivan, MSN, MPH)
Project Name:
“Supporting Global Health PA Education for Vulnerable Populations in Uganda and Bolivia”
Project Amount: $8,000
The Touro University California (TUC) Master of Science in PA Studies/Master of Public Health (MSPAS/MPH) Program aims to support MSPAS/MPH students in conducting health projects in their global health field study rotations in Uganda and Bolivia. The TUC MSPAS/MPH program has ongoing partnerships with the African Community Center for Social Sustainability (ACCESS) Organization in Uganda and the Programa de Coordinación en Salud Integral (PROCOSI) organization in Bolivia, and TUC has organized over 70 MSPAS/MPH students in global health field studies since 2011. The grant money will be used to support two students to work with a partner in Uganda and two students to work with a partner in Bolivia on specific health projects. The four MSPAS/MPH students require funds to use their education, dedication to service, and research skills to conduct two community health needs assessments in Uganda and organize and evaluate a digital health conference in Bolivia. Supporting these activities will further the social justice mission of the TUC MSPAS/MPH program and its global partners to improve access to quality healthcare for the most vulnerable populations.

Colorectal Team Overseas (project led by Avery Kondik, PA-C, and Marc Levitt, MD)
Project Name:
“CTO Medical Mission Trip to Da Nang, Vietnam”
Project Amount: $8,395
Colorectal Team Overseas’ upcoming medical mission trip to Da Nang, Vietnam, Hospital for Women and Children has the following objectives: educate the local medical team; perform corrective surgeries to an anticipated 35 children; and participate in community outreach engagement. Colorectal Team Overseas (CTO) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to educating surgical teams in developing countries on the treatment of pediatric colorectal cases. CTO achieves its vision by sending its surgical team to sites where it can create a sustainable impact by educating the local physicians, while also providing children with life-changing colorectal operations. There is significant need in Da Nang, Vietnam, paired with a great desire among local caregivers to acquire more advanced colorectal surgical skills. For patients suffering from colorectal abnormalities, the majority of children have received an initial colostomy at birth and are awaiting definitive colorectal reconstruction. Additionally, many children have undergone previous operations but have complications related to that surgery and require a reoperation. The grant funding will financially support CTO’s upcoming trip to Vietnam (February 25, 2019 to March 1, 2019), in which PAs will play a key role. The collaborative effort will result in the treatment of approximately 25-40 pediatric colorectal cases, while also providing an educational foundation that will enable the local pediatric team to continue to provide surgical treatments after CTO has left.

2017

Mayanza, Inc. (project led by Jami Smith, MPA, MEd, DFAAPA, PA-C; Emilee Thomas, MMS, MPH, PA-C; and Carla Pardee, MS, PA-C)
Project Name:
“2018 School Intervention”
Project Amount: $4,250
Mayanza, Inc., is a not-for-profit charitable corporation created by three PAs who saw the extreme need for basic health and hygiene education for the indigenous Mayan population of Guatemala. The goal of this project is to improve the health of school children in Guatemala through health screenings, treatment and education. Two trips will occur in 2018, through which each child will receive a full screening physical exam including measurements of growth and vision screening as well as a dose of anti-parasite medication. In addition, all children will receive dental screening, oral and hand hygiene education, and fluoride varnish application, as well as a toothbrush, toothpaste and bar of soap. The team will also implement a train-the-trainer project by partnering with a local educator and teaching her the oral and hand hygiene education curriculum. Another important aspect of this project is to establish an electronic medical record for the purpose of tracking change over time and collecting data to analyze for outcomes of these interventions.

Operation Endeavor (project led by Jason Prevelige, PA-C, and Stuart Hirsch)
Project Name:
“EMS Rescuer System Development”
Project Amount: $7,758
Operation Endeavor is a non-profit organization with the mission of bringing training and education of rescue and emergency medicine skills to developing regions of the world, while supporting public health and safety. To date, Operation Endeavor has conducted 12 missions and trained over 70 individuals, and has the ultimate goal of establishing formal EMS systems in areas of need as well as ensuring that the systems are self-sustaining. The focus of this project is to support emergency medical rescue training in Haiti and Nicaragua. Through the utilization of best practices from the realms of public safety and EMS, this all-volunteer team (which includes multiple PAs) will work to develop a cadre of trained individuals in each area of focus, with the long-term goal of establishing formal emergency medical services systems in these areas of great need.

St. Catherine University (project led by Donna DeGracia, Mary Hearst, and Paula Rabaey)
Project Name:
“Improving the Lives of Children with Disabilities in Zambia”
Project Amount: $3,322.90
While the exact number of children with disabilities in Zambia is not completely known, it is recognized that many children have disabilities due to preventable conditions. St. Catherine University and partners have received an initial grant to support work to improve the lives of children with disabilities in Zambia. Through this effort, an inter-professional group will work to train community workers to provide much-needed screening, early intervention, and community-based therapy for children with disabilities. The Global Outreach Grant will supplement that work by creating a teaching module on prevention and emergent referral and enabling the purchase of supplies and materials to implement that portion of the larger community curriculum. In addition, the grant will support the involvement of PA students, who will travel to Zambia with faculty to help monitor the training, modify the curriculum, and assist in additional training of community workers and/or trainers as needed.

2017 Robert K. Pedersen Global Outreach Grants

Three Strands (project led by Michael Taylor, PA)
Project Name:
“Water Sanitation, Filtration, and Education”
Project Amount: $3,272.73
Boyele, Central African Republic, is a village of 1000+ people that has no functioning public water system. Most people get their water from rivers, streams, and hand dug wells. Boyele was hit particularly hard by the recent round of sectarian violence due to the predominance of one particular tribe. The goal of this project is to alleviate the suffering caused by water-borne diseases by providing one Sawyer Filtration System to each of 100+ households in Boyele. Each household will be interviewed by a Three Strands medical professional and issued one Sawyer Water Filtration Unit per family upon successful completion of the interview. The team will interview the same family members six months later with the hopes of seeing a well-functioning filtration system, better educated citizens, and less water-borne disease.

Wagner College PA Program (project led by Robert V. Marchese, MS, PA-C; Nora Lowy, PhD, MPA, PA-C; and Tara Igneri, MS, PA-C)
Project Name:
“Expansion of the Women’s Health Initiative: Making an Impact on Neonatal Mortality in Guatemala”
Project Amount: $10,000
The Wagner College PA Program embarked on its global health initiative in 2013, working to make an impact on health conditions in remote Latin American communities. On medical mission trips to Guatemala, while visiting indigenous Mayans of the Lake Atitlan region, volunteers learned about the area’s high maternal and infant mortality rates. A culturally sensitive educational program was developed and implemented to educate indigenous women and lay midwives on handling vaginal births and birthing complications such as post-partum hemorrhage. The purpose of this project is to take the next step forward: addressing the rate of infant mortality. The project begin with a “train-the-trainer” initiative that will involve training students to become educators of neonatal resuscitation techniques. A key principle will be the “Golden Minute,” a vital concept based on the fact that a newborn should be breathing well or ventilated with a bag and mask in the first minute of life.

2016

Keith Young_Clarkson UnivClarkson University Students Without Borders (submitted by Keith Young, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA)
Project Name:
“Providing Access to Quality Care in the Dominican Republic”
Project Amount: $2,000
Clarkson University SWOB runs a one-week primary care/urgent care clinic in an underserved community of the Dominican Republic. The clinic is staffed by S2 and S3 PA students who have completed a procedures course and at least one clinical rotation, along with 5-10 preceptors (PA-C, NP, MD/DO). All patient visits are a one-to-one patient-student ratio with assessment and plan approved by preceptors and translated with the help of hired translators. The clinic is geared towards family medicine and patients of all ages. Individual patient education is provided with each visit as well as in group “charlas” on nutrition, hygiene, and preventative measures the community can take to reduce risk for chronic illnesses. Medications (if necessary) and hygiene bags (including toothbrushes, toothpaste, band-aids, floss, sunscreen, etc.) are given with each visit.

Grace Roman Tapia_FIBUSPAMFIBUSPAM, Inc. (submitted by Grace Roman-Tapia, PA-C)
Project Name:
“Medical Mission to Earthquake Affected Region of Ecuador”
Project Amount: $3,470
Experienced PAs and PA students will collaborate with FIBUSPAM, a non-profit clinic based in Ecuador, to provide direct care to earthquake victims on the coast of Ecuador. The team of traveling PAs and FIBUSPAM staff will work in three selected communities in the suburbs of Pedernales, the region hardest hit by the earthquake, that currently do not have access to general healthcare. The focus will be on diagnosing and treating common health conditions and improving health education. By building on that trust, the team will be able to reach to a broader group of people in need.

Jacquelyn Borst_Intl Impact Med FdnInternational Impact through Medicine Foundation (submitted by Jacquelyn Borst, MSPAS, PA-C)
Project Name:
“Chronic Disease Management Program in Honduras”
Project Amount: $5,742
In partnership with a Honduran organization, Amor sin Fronteras, International Impact through Medicine Foundation will establish a formal chronic disease management program focusing first on hypertension in three communities in Honduras – Zambrano, El Espino and San Francisco. Its goal is to enroll 200 patients with hypertension in the program. These patients will receive regular follow-up visits from medical professionals every six months as well as blood pressure checks every two months. The organization will also train community health workers to assist with follow-up for these patients.

2016 Robert K. Pedersen Global Outreach Grant

Janet Ditto_Dream ProjectThe Dream Project, Inc. (submitted by Janet Ditto, PA-C)
Project Name:
“The Dream Project, Mozambique”
Project Amount: $12,000
This project is centered around education, capacity building, and health education for vulnerable children in Cabo Del Gado, Mozambique, Africa. Capacity building through education is essential to break the cycle of poverty. The children assisted by The Dream Project come from high-risk families that are unable to provide for their basic needs. Project funding will be used to support a daily feeding program that provides nutritious meals to children enrolled in the program, rice and other foods to HIV widows in the community, educational materials for children, and funding to assist with health evaluations, medications, and costs of labwork.

2015

MEDEX Northwest and Health Leadership International
Project Name:
“Physician Associate skill-based training in the Lao PDR”
Project Amount: $9,200
Build a quality and competency-based PA training program on non-communicable diseases (NCDS) that is based upon the US PA model and curriculum at the College of Health Sciences (CHS) in Luang Prabang.

Emory University PA Program
Project Name: “Designing a HIV Prevention Curriculum for Migrant Farmworkers in Georgia: A Health Professions Student Collaborative”
Project Amount: $4,017
Project will be conducted during 2015 SGFHP weeks and the fall SGFHP weekend in October with HIV Prevention Curriculum tested and rolled out in October 2015.

Three Strands
Project Name:
“Malaria Education, Eradication, and Treatment Program in Bangui, Central African Republic”
Project Amount: $5,500
Provide education, mosquito nets, and urgent medical care for those suffering with an acute malarial episode which is impacting 400 households in the Ngola 2 neighborhood of Bangui.

2015 Robert K. Pedersen Global Outreach Grants

Arcadia University (submitted by Donna Agnew, PA-C)
Project Name:
 “A Medical and Public Health Mission in Nicaragua”
Project Amount: $14,660
Medical supplies, equipment and medication to conduct health screenings and provide patient care services (including chronic disease treatment) in two Nicaraguan communities.

Carilion Medical Center (submitted by Wilton Kennedy, PA-C)
Project Name:
 “Magale Health Project”
Project Amount: $8,951.83
Supplies and patient education materials focused on vision, albinism, and maternal and newborn health in Uganda.

Foundation for Cancer Care in Tanzania (submitted by Tara Rick, PA-C)
Project Name:
“Dispensary Level Cancer Education in Tanzania”
Project Amount: $5,950
Cancer education and training for healthcare providers in Tanzania, focused on prevention and early detection of breast and cervical cancer, patient education, and referral process.

2013

Athens Orthopedic Clinic
Project Name:
“Orthopedic Mission to Haiti,” Terrier Rouge, Haiti
Project Amount:
$2,500
Equipment, medications and supplies for a medical service trip by PAs, orthopedic surgeons and other physicians to train Haitian doctors and staff at a clinic serving impoverished Haitians

Clean Water for the World
Project Name:
“Rehabilitation and Modification of Rainwater Collection System,” San Juan Los Planes, Quezaltepeque, El Salvador
Project Amount:
$2,500
Supplies to repair a rainwater collection system in El Salvador to prevent health problems caused by unclean water and poor sanitation

Quinnipiac University PA Program and Health Horizon International
Project Name:
“Medical Service Trip,” Puerto Plata Region, Dominican Republic
Project Amount:
$5,000
Medications, supplies and training materials for faculty and PA students working with community health workers in underserved areas of the Dominican Republic

Miami Dade College and The House Portable Medical Care
Project Name: “Rural Central Florida Health Outreach”
Project Amount:
$5,000
Medical supplies and furnishings for PA students to provide medical services and educational resources to underserved and uninsured residents in central Florida.


2012

Quinnipiac University PA Program and Health Horizon International
Project Name: “Medical Service Trip,” Dominican Republic
Project Amount:
$12,200
Medications, supplies and training materials for PA students working with community health workers in underserved areas of the Dominican Republic


2011

Quinnipiac University PA Program and Health Horizon International
Project Name:
“Medical Service Trip,” Dominican Republic
Medications, supplies and training materials for PA students working with community health workers in underserved areas of the Dominican Republic

Proteus Migrant Health
Support for a program providing mobile primary healthcare to workers and their families in Iowa, either at their homes or workplaces

Le Moyne College Physician Assistant Project in South Sudan
Medical supplies, medicine and medical education materials for the Le Moyne College PA Program to provide to the South Sudan Department of HIV/AIDS in order to take preventive measures for the impeding HIV/AIDS epidemic in South Sudan


2006

Augsburg College PA Program
Project Name: “Proyecto Clinica Rural Movil”
Medical equipment and educational materials to help establish long-term sustainability of mobile units serving medically underserved rural areas in Nicaragua, which Augsburg College PA students visit as part of a clinical rotation in international medicine

Peacework Medical, Ghana
Educational materials, supplies, and medications for clinics in urban and rural sites in Ghana at which a team of PAs, physicians, nurses, and health educators provide care for homeless and other underserved individuals

Catherine A. Hoelzer, MPH, PA-C
Project Name: “Health Education for Southern Sudan”
Health and medical educational materials to train Sudanese health workers who run primary care centers and provide basic health and sanitation education for communities in southern Sudan