I am back in Perú. I got here on Tuesday, but I've already hit the ground running.
This is a busy week for HBI. Over the past weekend, we had another training for our Emergency Medicine Together project with two guest subject matter experts from Northwell Health System in New York City joining our team. The project, a pilot to train a team of firefighter trainers in the city of Arequipa in pre-hospital emergency first response, is a model we are building with a broad group of partners. The goal is to develop a model for trainnig pre-hospital emergency responders who can then go out and train others. Like all of our projects, there are a number of moving parts - developing a curriculum with an advisory team of subject matter and content experts, standardizing the curriculum and training, accrediting the training, assuring fidelity to the evidence, supporting a cohort of local trainers and evaluating their efficacy, and developing a plan for scaling the model to other locations and other parterns. Not exactly a small project. Things are, however, moving along very nicely and this weekend provided more momentum.
In addition to the Emergency Response Together project, HBI has also partnered with Catholica University in Arequipa and Linfield College on a sabbatical project for Dr. Kim Kintz. Dr. Kintz is a professor in the School of Nursing at Linfield and is living in Perú for the next few months working with Catholica University on a number of projects in collaboration with HBI. This is a great step in building the kind of collaborative bridges for our partners in the U.S. and in Latin America. To assure the bridges span in both directions, we will be hosing 8 nursing students and 2 faculty from Catholica University in Portland for 2-weeks of immersion learning in October.
Also this past weekend, we met with a few of our partners for the Anemia Project. We are hoping to launch the main project, with 500 families enrolled, in July. I will be back in Perú the second week of May to host a partner from the U.K., Entia, who are coming to conduct a site visit and provide trainings for the staff involved in the Anemia Project.
In addition to the projects in Arequipa, I've joined Dr. Gehringer, HBI's Medical Director and NRP project lead, in the beautiful City of Cajamarca for the train-the-trainer project we have in collaboration with the Colegio de Obstetras del Peru. Joining us is Dr. Mary Boyer, a pediatrician and NRP trainer. We are woking with the Regional Colegio de Obstatras on a revisit for a team of trainers who are training their obstetric colleagues in the province. Every time I join Dr. Bob for one of these trainings, I am completely impressed with the work he is doing and the model we are developing.
All of this, and its only Friday. I am headed back to Lima on Sunday morning for a series of meetings and project prep. Dr. Bob and Dr. Mary will be headed to Trujillo in the north of Perú for another round of trainer reviews.
Stay tuned for more updates - and thanks for all of the support.
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