Global Health & Health Disparities Program (GH2DP): Honduras Outreach

 
 

This site represents the principle international focus of our global health program. Since 2008 we have focused our efforts on communities in the Yoro area of northern Honduras, with our current efforts primarily focused in and around the rural, mountainous area of La Hicaca.


Since 2006 the VCU Department of Internal Medicine has partnered with the Honduras Outreach Medical Brigada Relief Effort (“HOMBRE”) organization, a 501c3 non-profit organization affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University, to send medicine residents to remote areas of Honduras to participate in direct medical relief work as well as public health projects. In 2008 a formal elective within the Department of Internal Medicine was created, the Central American Relief Elective (C.A.R.E.) (now known as the Global Health & Health Disparities Program, GH2DP. Over the years we have continued our productive relationship with HOMBRE, and have also partnered with multiple other organizations, as well.


Since 2006 we have accommodated numerous learners on our outreach trips, including students, residents and fellows from the United States, Honduras and Canada. We have seen well over 11,000 patients and have helped to distribute, test and maintain well over 300 water filters (each of which can provide clean water to an entire household for 2 years).


We have reached approximately 75% of the families in the area around La Hicaca via our water filter project, with the incidence of diarrheal illness decreasing by 50% since the project’s inception. In 2010 we adopted a novel project, the Adult Health Initiative, that utilizes a novel clinical encounter mechanism that significantly improved both the quality and consistency of care we provide on our short-term relief mission (more about this can be found here).


We primarily serve patients in and around La Hicaca in the Department of Yoro area of Northern Honduras. This is a rural, mountainous area with limited to no access to medical care. Approximately 1,200 people live in this area. Our outreach trips are designed to provide care to the majority of residents living in this region.


Our relief work has typically involved a 8 to 14 day outreach trip in June, with a second trip in February. We partner closely with the local Ministry of Health and community leaders to integrate into their health efforts and to guide our direct medical and public health initiatives.


The Global Health & Health Disparities Program brochure can be found here.


















 

Department of Yoro, Honduras

For more information contact:


Michael P. Stevens, M.D., M.P.H.

VCU Health System

P.O. Box 980019

Richmond, Virginia 23298-0019

Phone: (804) 828-2121

michael.stevens@vcuhealth.org