Ventura Global Health Project (VGHP) is a Ventura, California based non-profit organization, founded in 2012, with the purpose of enabling local medical professionals who provide care to underserved populations. The Ventura medical community has a long tradition of service to humanity, anchored by a family residency program nationally recognized for commitment to global health.
The concept behind VGHP is basic: if local doctors are willing to serve humanity, how can local businesses and the general community provide support? How can we leverage the commitment of our local medical professionals?
Solutions to these questions have developed along the following lines:
1.) Provide grants to doctors who are embarking on long term volunteer service to the poor, helping them to “get their feet on the ground”.
2.) Recruit and pay travel expenses for short term medical volunteers to support local doctors who are in the field for long term commitments.
3.) Provide grants to reimburse travel expenses so that resident physicians can be exposed to provision of care to underserved peoples and develop a lifelong commitment to service.
Our 2013 grants and inaugural project sites are reflective of these priorities.