The work of Health Bridges is about making connections. Our greatest contribution is often the bridges we build to critical partners and collaborative organizations. This week, we’ve been meeting in Arequipa with partner organizations from family medicine residency training programs in the U.S. (Dra. Brooke LaDucca from Long Beach Family Medicine Residency Program, Long Beach, CA and Dr. Kishore Nath from John Muir Family Medicine Program, San Francisco, CA) and the leadership team from the clinic started by Father Alex Busuttil in Alto Cayma. The goal of these meetings – the development of a pilot program to train more Peruvian physicians in family medicine. It’s amazing to have high caliber partners who are willing to dedicate their time, energy and resources to such a visionary project. Their collaboration is extremely important and greatly respected.
The project also needs input and guidance from physicians who have experience living and working in Alto Cayma. Providers who know what it’s like to bridge between the Peruvian health system and other models. This is where two long-term partners of HBI have come to the fold. Dra. Michelle Stowe Ong and Dr. Fred Groos are extremely dedicated to Father Alex and HBI. They are the sort of partners willingly to jump on a plane and travel thousands of miles to meet for a few short days to help bring the vision of a better health care model to Alto Cayma. It is incredibly humbling to know they are a part of the HBI team. It is such a blessing to have their trust.
Today, I am thankful for all the partners who make the work of HBI possible. I am especially thankful for people who continue, for years and years, to believe in the power of partnerships and the work of HBI. Thank you, Dra. Ong and Dr. Groos.
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