UR Department of Family Medicine Global Health Program, and San Jose Partners

San Jose Partners is a sustainable community development project out of the University of Rochester Department of Family Medicine. Two times each year, our team of doctors and medical students travels to a rural community in Southwest Honduras called San Jose San Marcos de la Sierra. We started working with this community in 2005 and have made great strides improving the health of the local population through a collaborative approach to rural development. However, there is still so much more we can do with your help. Please consider supporting our upcoming trip. Any amount of support will make an immediate impact on the San Jose community!

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Fluoride Packs

Your gift will provide fluoride rinse for 15 children for one year. The majority of people in San Jose are unable to see a dentist. Fluoride rinse is an essential tool in helping to prevent cavities and promote oral health in the community.

Water Filters

Your gift will enable us to purchase one water filter for a family in need. Providing clean water is a critically important step in helping to reduce childhood diseases.

Cook stove

Your gift will help our team build a low smoke cook stove for a needy family. Low smoke cook stoves are essential in ensuring the health and safety of families. Our goal is to build X number of cook stoves during our May trip.

Micro-finance loan

Your gift will provide a loan to help a poor entrepreneur start a new business. Your gift will make a lasting impact in the San Jose community. These loans are a crucial step in helping to ensure the long-term success of the families we work with.

Medications & Dental supplies

Your gift will subsidize the cost of all of the medications and dental supplies purchased for use in San Jose during a two week trip. The people of San Jose have very limited access to medical and dental care. Even the most basic medications and dental supplies provide life changing support to this community.


Your gift provide a scholarship to a deserving child. These scholarships will give children the tools and supplies necessary to attend middle school. The majority of the population in San Jose is illiterate. Scholarships give children the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to exit the poverty cycle.

Long-Term Project Support

Your gift will provide critical support with our long-term projects. Supporting these long-term projects will help to stabilize the health and wellness of the San Jose community over time. These projects include building piped water systems, sewage systems, and medical clinics.

Thank You for Your Gift

Our success relies on the generosity of our community. A gift today will have a lasting impact, and we are so grateful for it.

About The Campaign

Our Project

The UR Department of Family Medicine Global Health Program/San Jose Partners works with an isolated community of indigenous people in Southwest Honduras to improve health and well-being for the inhabitants in that community. Over the last 12 years, we have had great success using a collaborative approach that addresses the contributors of ill health. We are gearing up for another trip to Honduras, but need your help to continue our work. Below are some of the interventions your philanthropic support can help us continue delivering.

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Your Support

Your support will greatly improve the health of the Honduran villagers by enabling us to provide the most basic requirements for living. Most US residents take for granted our easy access to safe and abundant water, electricity, food, the ability to cook that food, and grade school education. The vast majority of Hondurans in our project area don't have these “luxuries”. Any contribution counts and greatly improves another human's life. In addition, your gift may be tax deductible. 

Thank you for your support!

Thank you for supporting our campaign. The work we do with the indigenous Hondurans is so important because we are making a difference in the lives of families, not just today, but for generations to come. Please help us strengthen more families by sharing the page with your email, social media, or friend list! Thank you again for your support!

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About the UR Department of Family Medicine's Global Health Program

The Department of Family Medicine at the University of Rochester has been a champion of the under-served since its inception in the 1970's. We believe that all humans deserve access to high-quality health care and that health is a right, not a privilege. Here in Rochester, NY, the Department's clinical site, Highland Family Medicine, cares for people from all walks of life. This includes the poor, the mentally ill, the physically disabled, refugees and immigrants, and average people. The Global Health Program was created to assist in extending our mission of health for all to a less developed country. Not only do we help thousands of people in Honduras, we also train the healers of the future.

We have partnered with one community to improve the long-term health of that community in a sustainable manner. When an individual is sick, we believe curative medicine is essential to offer. However, curative medicine does not improve the health of a community and is not sustainable for long-term community health. Therefore, we work with the community to identify the main contributors to ill health and create interventions to combat the causes of ill health. Many of the causes of ill health are not addressed by curative medicine. This requires stepping beyond our comfort zone and getting into disciplines such as water and sanitation, nutrition, agriculture, banking, and education. We attempt to make interventions in a small, low-cost manner in an effort to increase long-term sustainability from the community perspective. We anticipate sustainable changes will take a generation to realize. The community and our Program do our best to work in a collaborative manner. We are very aware that the Hondurans are very intelligent and hard working. They also better understand their problems than we ever will. We are very cognizant of our many mistakes, but we continue to learn from our mistakes and make small, steady improvements in our interventions. We also accept that communities and their needs/problems change over time, so constant adaptation is required.

Douglas Stockman