Dear Global Giving Supporters:
We've been busy at Clinica Verde these past couple months! Since our opening in January of this year, we've seen over 6,500 patients. Under the able guidance of our Clinic Director Jennifer Owen, the staff has been fine-tuning processes and procedures, constantly looking for ways to improve our services. We're so proud of the dedication and commitment of our Nicaraguan staff to our goals and mission! Here are some highlights:
• Peace Corps volunteer Liz Malenk has been providing weekly "charlas" (talks) on Nutrition and the importance of getting Pap tests at the clinic, regularly engaging patients in our waiting room with her visual presentations. Patients are responsive and attentive!
• Peace Corps volunteer Kelly Stam has been proving business counseling to Connie, the woman who rents our on-site cafe, to help her turn it into a successful business. Kelly is working with Connie on marketing, managing costs and growing the business. Connie has decided to call it Cafe Verde!
• HIGHER (Helping in Global Health and Education Reform), our Clinica Verde summer program for teens, is off to a good start. The students have been certified in Basic Life Support, have been practicing their medical Spanish at a local community clinic in California, and learned how to suture on pigs' feet. The students head to Nicaragua for 2 weeks on July 15!
• We happy to welcome two new advisors: Dr. Robert Moore and Jonathan Drewry. Dr. Moore will serve as Chief Medical Advisor to the Board. He is currently chief medical officer at Partnership HealthPlan of California (PHC). Prior to that he served for 13 years as Medical Director of Clinic Ole, a non-profit community health center serving migrant and agricultural workers in Napa, As a medical student, Bob spent time in Managua, Nicaragua at Bertha Calderon Women's Hospital and Lenin Fonseca Hospital studying the primary health care system. Jonathan Drewry is currently finishing his Ph.D. has a Master's in Public Health and is currently completing his dissertation at the University of Alabama on health care organization and policy with a concentration in maternal and child health. He's also worked as Director of Community Health with the US Peace Corps in Nicaragua and as a Community Environmental Health Advisor with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We are grateful for the contributions of both Bob and Jonathan!
• Our awesome (possibly superhuman) Clinic Director, Jennifer Owen, is returning to the States after 6 months in Nicaragua helping to get Clinica Verde launched. Jennifer's work has consistently impressed the Board – we simply could not have made the progress we have without her able leadership. We will miss her dearly – but are heartened by the fact that she'll stay involved with Clinica Verde once she returns to the States.
• We are happy to welcome Dr. Alba Castillo as our new Clinic Director. Dr. Castillo is an M.D./MPH whose specialty is in Pediatrics. She served as a consultant on maternal-infant health to USAID working to improve quality of attention, developing standards and measurements for quality for hospitals serving women and children and providing data analysis on processes and results from the country's plan to reduce maternal mortality and improve neonatal services. Dr. Castillo also served for 10 years as Coordinator for the Program on Integral Childhood Health focusing on Nutrition for the Ministry of Heath, providing training to staff on new standards of growth and development for children, including early stimulation, lactation, human rights for children and adolescents, family planning, and domestic violence. You will hear more from her in the coming months!
But most importantly, we continue to reach out and touch the lives of the patients we serve. Thanks for being such a vital part of our success! Feel free to email me anytime with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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