History:
Founded by pediatric residents in 2003, we organize several 1-2 week outreach trips each year. Health worker volunteers from the northwest United States travel to rural El Salvador where we focus on public health education and sustainable medical assistance. We have also completed research on iron-deficiency anemia and its relationship to health interventions. We have also done informal lead testing and community health interventions around this issue. Previously, our work was focused in Los Abelines, but their successes have led us to work in new communities.

Our focus is currently in El Chaperno. While there, we work with a local NGO, A-BRAZO (click here for a news article on A-BRAZO's work) to help train village lay health committees. We use the principles of listening to draw on the life experiences and strengths of the local people in order to assist and empower communities to address their own health needs.  We have found the publications of the Hesperian Foundation, especially the Hesperian Foundation's Helping Health Workers Learn and Where There is No Doctor, invaluable in guiding us in this approach.

We welcome health worker trainees and especially try to support opportunities for community health experiences for medical residents and medical students in working with low health literacy populations.

We have provided elective opportunities for residents and medical students. Electives have included opportunities to work in the ED at Bloom Children’s Hospital in San Salvador and to work on a community based health education project or screening (Hb, ZPPH, and Lead) in a semi urban low-income community in collaboration with the NGO A-BRAZO.  This Elective has supported community-oriented research projects.

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