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Ventura Global Health Project Announces inaugural project sites

Press Release February 1 2013: Ventura Global Health Project Announces inaugural project sites

Ventura Global Health Project (VGHP), a start-up non profit organization dedicated to enabling local doctors in their service to humanity, today announced their inaugural project sites:

Moundou, Chad: Moundou Adventist Hospital

VGHP is partnering with Dr. James Appel to provide specialist care in Moundou, Chad.

Santo Tomas La Union, Guatemala: Clinica Medica Cristiana

VGHP is partnering with Dr. Zachary Self to support his startup Clinica Medica Cristiana in Santo Tomas La Union, Guatemala.

Maneadero, Mexico: Medical Outreach and possible Startup Clinic

VGHP is partnering with Dr. Carlos O’Bryan to assess needs in providing care to underserved peoples in Maneadero, Mexico.

Sahara Desert, Niger: The Nomad Project

VGHP is partnering with Dr. Robert Skankey and the Nomad Foundation to support midwive training in the Sahara Desert.

For more information contact (Jim? Michael)?

Ventura Global Health Project Announces 2013 Grantees

Press Release February 1 2013: Ventura Global Health Project Announces 2013 Grantees

Ventura Global Health Project (VGHP), a start-up non profit organization dedicated to enabling local doctors in their service to humanity, today announced their 2013 grantees:

Grantees: Dr. Michelle Yates and Dr. Kavi Simpson

Dr. Michelle Yates and Dr. Kavi Simpson, 2011 graduates of the Ventura Family Medicine Residency,  have been awarded a $30,000 grant from Ventura Global Health Project to offset living expenses in their first year of volunteer practice in Soddo, Ethiopia.

Grantee: Dr. Zachary Self

Dr. Zachary self, a 2011 graduate of the Ventura Family Medicine Residency, has been awarded a $20,000 grant from Ventura Global Health Project to purchase medical equipment for his start-up medical clinic in Santo Tomas La Union, Guatemala.

 

Grantee: Ventura Family Medicine Residency

Ventura Family Medicine Residency (VFMR), affiliated with Ventura County Medical Center and UCLA School of Medicine, has been awarded a $20,000 grant to support travel expenses for physicians participating in the new “Global Health Track” curriculum.

 

For more information contact (Jim? Michael)?

Ventura Global Health Project announces Inaugural Board of Directors

Press Release December 23 2012: Ventura Global Health Project announces Inaugural Board of Directors

Ventura Global Health Project (VGHP), a start-up non profit organization dedicated to enabling local doctors in their service to humanity, today announced their inaugural Board of Directors. The new Board consists of:

Dr. John Fankhauser, Medical Director at Ventura County Medical Center

Dr. Chris Landon, Head of Pediatrics at Ventura County Medical Center

Dr. Bryant Lum, Ophthalmologist, Ventura Vision 

Mr. James Neitz, President, Hayden Products

For more information contact (Jim? Michael)?

VFMR Global Health Track

Grantee: Ventura Family Medicine Residency 

Grant Amount: $20,000

Purpose of Grant: Provide travel expenses for residents and attending physicians participating in international rotations under the Global Health Track program of Ventura Family Medicine Residency (VFMR).

Brief Description: VFMR, affiliated with Ventura County Medical Center and UCLA School of Medicine, is a nationally known for a commitment to Global Health. VFMR is initiating a formal Global Health Track curriculum to expose residents to conditions encountered while providing care in underserved areas. It is believed that young doctors who are exposed to volunteering have higher likelihoods and rates of volunteerism throughout their careers. VGHP will pay travel expenses required for the residents and attending physicians to participate in the international rotations.

Dr Self

Grantee: Dr. Zachary Self

Grant Amount: $20,000

Purpose of Grant: Purchase Equipment for startup clinic in Santo Tomas la Union, Guatemala

Description: Dr. Self, a 2011 graduate of the Ventura Family Medicine Residency,  has demonstrated commitment to long term service in Santo Tomas La Union, Guatemala. He has constructed a purpose-built clinic,  and will spend August 2013-August 2014 in a Guatemalan residency program to obtain a medical license in Guatemala. His intention is to spend his life “living in solidarity” with the local indigenous peoples. He projects a minimum budget of $120,000 to adequately equip the new clinic. The proposed grant will constitute the first funds Dr. Self has received to support acquisition of equipment.

Drs Yates/Simpson

Grantees: Dr. Michelle Yates and Dr. Kavi Simpson

Grant Amount: $30,000

Purpose of Grant: Provide Living Expenses for long term volunteer work in Soddo, Ethiopia

Brief Description: Drs. Yate and Simpson, both 2011 graduates of the Ventura Family Medicine Residency,  have been accepted as volunteer doctors at Soddo Christian Hospital in Soddo, Ethiopia, where they have committed to a minimum of 3 years service. They intend to build a Family Practice Residency at the hospital, training local doctors. Doctors Yates and Simpson will move to Ethiopia along with their spouses and children. VGHP is the first substantial donor of living expenses, and will provide anchor of funding from which to launch other fundraising efforts.

Sahara Desert, Niger: The Nomad Project

VGHP is partnering with Dr. Robert Skankey, a retired Obstetrician who has delivered over 3500 babies in Ventura and Ojai, and his Nomad Foundation in the Sahara Desert.

The Nomad Foundation has started a clinic in Tamesna, which is located on the annual migration route of the local Nomads. The clinic has a midwife training program.

One in seven women in Niger has a lifetime risk of death during childbirth. Midwives trained by Dr. Skankey have assisted at more than one hundred births since November of 2011 with no maternal mortality and no infant mortality of a child born alive. They are reporting to Tamensa clinic staff that is developing the first health statistics ever for this remote region.

While vigorous and very committed, Dr. Skankey is 82 years old, and VGHP has committed to help him pass the torch to younger Ventura doctors. VGHP will recruit and fund OB/GYN’s to continue the work of training midwives at the Tamesna clinic.

Maneadero, Mexico: Medical Outreach and possible Startup Clinic

VGHP is partnering with Dr. Carlos O’Bryan, a 2011 graduate of the Ventura Family Medicine Residency, to assess needs in providing care to underserved peoples in Maneadero, Mexico.

Maneadero is an agricultural community five miles South of Ensenada in Baja California. There is a strong migrant farm worker population, many of them Mixteco people from Oaxaca, Mexico.

Dr. O’Bryan intends to provide care to Mixtec peoples as his life’s work. He presently practices at Las Islas Family Medical Clinic, a county-run facility in Oxnard which provides care to a mostly immigrant, and strongly Mixteco, population. Over the next five to ten years he intends to transition more of his practice to Maneadero, where fewer healthcare options exist.

As an interim step to full time practice in Maneadero, Dr. O’Bryan and VGHP are partnering to conduct medical outreach and perhaps provide clinical care on a part time basis. The first step is medical outreach; ad-hoc provision of care to gain exposure and assess the needs in the community. If medical outreach activities indicate a need and a culturally appropriate fit, the mid-term goal is to start a clinic that is open on weekends, with Dr. O’Bryan serving as medical director and with rotating volunteer doctors from the Ventura community.

Note: our first VGHP-sponsored rotation will take place February 16-17. Dr. Carlos O’Bryan (MD), Dr. James Appel (MD), and Dr. John Chung (DDS) will provide care at Casa Hogar, an orphanage for abused children in Maneadero.

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Santo Tomas La Union, Guatemala: Clinica Medica Cristiana

VGHP is partnering with Dr. Zachary Self, a 2012 graduate of the Ventura Family Medicine Residency, to support his startup Clinica Medica Cristiana in Santo Tomas La Union, Guatemala.

Santo Tomas is a city of 25,000 residents, mainly indigenous Mayan, with four satellite towns of 5,000 residents each. Dr. Self’s goal is to “live out a life of solidarity with the marginalized indigenous population of Guatemala” and to “provide our patients with a quality of care comparable to that found in more developed countries”.

Dr. Self will provide care without regard to political affiliation, religious belief, ethnic identity, or ability to pay. VGHP has committed a grant to Dr. Self to help him procure medical equipment required for his clinic. VGHP intends to support the clinic with short-term rotations of volunteer doctors from Ventura beginning in late 2014.

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Moundou, Chad: Moundou Adventist Hospital

VGHP is partnering with Dr. James Appel, a 2003 graduate of the Ventura Family Medicine Residency, to provide specialist care in Moundou, Chad.

Moundou is the second largest city in Chad with a population of over 500,000 including hinterlands. There are less than 20 doctors in Moundou (compared to 679 doctors in the city of Ventura with a population of 106,000), and most of those are in private for-profit practice serving those few residents who can afford private care.

Moundou Adventist Hospital provides care without regard to political affiliation, religious belief, ethnic identity, or ability to pay. Dr. Appel started the hospital in 2011 after spending eight years at Berea Adventist Hospital in Chad. When Dr. Appel started in Berea, the hospital had not had a doctor for 15 years. Now there are three doctors, and Dr. Appel has moved to the city of Moundou to start his newest venture. Dr. Appel has requested short term rotations of specialists in Ophthalmology, Dentistry, Gynecology, Orthopedics, Plastic Surgery, and Urology.

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