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.
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.
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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!
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.