Child Family Health International

Rating: 4.58 stars   96 reviews

Issues: Education, Health, International

Location: 995 Market St Ste 1104 San Francisco CA 94103 USA

Mission: Founded in 1992, Child Family Health International is a global family of committed professionals and students who work to strengthen communities at the grassroots level. We are united by a vision of advancing quality healthcare for all by creating global health education programs that are socially responsible and financially just. We are recognized by the United Nations.
Results: -->Established in 1992 -->20+ sites in 7 countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, India, Mexico, South Africa, Uganda) -->8,000+ volunteers have completed programs to date -->Supports & works with 250+ medical professionals around the world -->Donated over $10 million in medical supplies/equipment -->Offers professional development opportunities to global medical partners -->Academic Partners include UC Davis, Northwestern University, Northeastern University, etc. -->Awarded Special Consultative Status with the United Nations (ECOSOC) Economic and Social Council, July 2008
Target demographics: Our students explore what health care and public health are like in developing countries while experiencing local culture and issues. Our program fees help support the local underserved communities where we work. We have enrolled 8,000+ students to date.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 700+ students and 250+ CFHI community partners (doctors and businesses, NGOs)
Geographic areas served: Worldwide, with a focus on the US, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Mexico, South Africa, Uganda, and India.
Programs: GLOBAL HEALTH INTERNSHIPS : Experience global health through 4 to 16 week programs in Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, India, Mexico, Uganda & South Africa. Open to all with an interest in global health/medicine. INTERNATIONAL GRANTS: CFHI indirectly provides critical medical services to our partners abroad. Support CFHI's efforts in bringing village-based health care to underserved areas. HEALTH PROMOTER TRAINING: CFHI trains community-based health workers and teaches local members about preventive medicine and public health issues. Equipped with medicines and supplies physicians often see over 400 patients in a month.

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Rating: 3 stars  

I participated in the Intensive Beginner Spanish and Healthcare program in Ecuador. During the program we had both Spanish classes and volunteered. Most weeks we had Spanish classes Monday through Thursday with Fridays off for weekend travel. We had a lot of opportunities to travel which was a lot of fun and a great way to see more of Ecuador.

We also had the opportunity to volunteer. My first 2 weeks I was at a school for 3-5 year olds, which was a great way to practice my Spanish. My second 2 weeks I was able to shadow clinicians. I spent one week in pediatrics and one in family medicine. I originally didn't have my first choice specialty, but they were able to switch it for me when I got there.

My favorite part of my trip was actually an adventure we got to do in Quito. A couple of my friends and I got to go to the Quito Zoo. While it took 2 bus rides and a taxi to get there, it was a lot of fun! Because it was so far out, we were the only tourists there, which forced us to use our Spanish. It also allowed us to see several animals local to Ecuador without traveling too far. It was a ton of fun!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide more consistency in Spanish class and be more responsive to student feedback on what we want to learn in classes

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A little

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Quite well

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I just returned from Oaxaca, Mexico, where I participated in the Intensive Beginners Spanish and Healthcare program in May, 2014. I loved it! The Spanish school in which I studied, Becari, was small and quaint, and the all of the staff and teachers were friendly and helpful! I would highly recommend this school, and met other groups of travelers that were bouncing around from school to school until they settled on this one. My Spanish improved VASTLY, which was one of my biggest goals through this program. If you're worried about not knowing enough Spanish before going, and you have the option of going to Oaxaca a bit early, I would recommend doing so and taking classes through Becari. While in Oaxaca I spent two weeks at a Children's Center, where I helped with homework, lessons, and played with the children. Another week was spent shadowing in a health clinic, and the last shadowing in the Hospital. I most enjoyed my experience in the Hospital, because I got to experience a lot of new things, including abdominal surgeries and childbirths. It was really interesting to see so many different aspects of the healthcare system in Oaxaca. Oaxaca as a city is beautiful, and I met so many wonderful people, including my host family, there! I recommend getting out and seeing as much as you can both in and outside of the city! Great food, lots of museums, interesting architecture- so much to do and see! The organization, CFHI, was great with all of my predeparture questions and concerns, and I really felt supported by the organization. They are doing a great thing, and I definitely see myself looking into their other program sites in the future, once I'm a more trained healthcare professional.

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Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

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Quite well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

This past April I participated in the CFHI Maternal and Child Health program in Pune, India. The experience from the day I was accepted into the program until the day I returned from India was wonderful. CFHI kept in contact with me throughout the many months before the program began. I received program information via mail and email, and felt very comfortable heading out to Pune.

I was the only person in the program during the month that I was over in India, but the program directors in Pune and in the States made sure that I was doing well throughout the entire trip. I felt very supported during my time over there. Each morning I met with the program director to discuss either the rotation I'd be going to or some interesting cultural information about India.

The rotation was set up so that each week I worked with a different obstetrician or pediatrician in both hospital and outpatient settings. Every morning I would go to the clinic and observe the physician during their normal day of clinic or hospital rounds. During my obstetrician rotations I was able to assist in a few surgeries and deliveries. I saw how different the hospital facilities were from ours in the states. The open aired buildings and women and men's wards that were crowed with people contrasted with the hospitals that I've worked in during my medical school training.

The pediatricians' offices were also always busy with patients and their families. I am heading into a pediatrics residency, so I enjoyed working in these clinics the best. The physicians taught me how to diagnose and treat some diseases that we would rarely see in the states, like Typhoid Fever, but I also learned so much about treating malnutrition, diarrheal diseases, and dehydration.

During my third week, I also was able to work in a rural clinic outside of Pune. The rural clinic was one of my favorite experiences. On the morning that we went there we picked up four residents from the local medical college and drove about 3 hours outside of the city. The mountains were beautiful and it felt wonderful to be outside of the noise and busyness of the city for a while. When we arrived at the clinic a crowd of people were already waiting there for us. I was able to work with both a pediatrician and an obstetrician during the morning. We saw over 60 patients, and by the time we were finished we all were exhausted, but satisfied that we were able to see everyone who came.
I enjoyed talking and spending time with my host family as well. They made sure that I had more than my share of the great Indian food, and was able to experience many of the wonderful places to see around Pune on my evenings and weekends off. I am grateful that I was able to participate in an Indian wedding, climb one of the nearby mountains, see multiple temples throughout the city, and visit the historical Buddhist caves. Coming home after my four week stay I can say that I feel more informed both about the health care system and the culture of this beautiful country. I can't wait to return.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I just returned from a CFHI trip to Bolivia. I participated in the Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine in La Paz, Bolivia program. I had a wonderful experience and definitely feel that the time I spent participating in the program will have a positive impact on my future career as a pediatrician. I saw some interesting diseases (i.e. Leishmaniasis) that are very uncommon in the United States. I also had the opportunity to explore some beautiful sites within the country. My host family was phenomenal and all of the food was delicious. Although I am still not fluent in Spanish, I feel that my language ability has improved and I have gained cultural perspective that will most definitely be beneficial in my future interactions with patients. I highly recommend this program, especially to those considering careers in pediatrics!

You can read my blog about my month in Bolivia here: http://boliviarachael.wordpress.com/

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Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I recently participated in the CFHI program of Realities and Healthcare inequities in Oaxaca, Mexico. This has definitely been one of the most amazing trips I've been on. Not only did I get to be immersed in a magnificent culture but I was able to learn medical terminology in Spanish which is very helpful as a bilingual nursing student about to graduate. I enjoyed that I had the opportunity to go to 5 different clinics and hospitals in a three week period. It was amazing to observe different surgical procedures and go to a rehabilitation center in the same week. On the other end one of the best cultural experiences I go to witness was a wedding ceremony at Santo Domingo on Saturday night. The wedding was almost a community event with a parade, music, and dancing dolls to help celebrate. The hospitality of my family in Oaxaca was also amazing. I will definitely be missing the home cooked Mexican food!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I participated in the CFHI Dentistry and Oral Health program in Quito, Ecuador. WOW, what an experience of a lifetime! I worked with a government owned dental clinic in central Quito, a beautiful colonial town. The staff there was great, kind, and always patient. For two weeks, I volunteered at the clinic from 8am to 12pm. I worked closely with Dr. Herrera, and assisted with many fillings and prophylaxis. At home, I am a dental assistant at a Pediatric Dentistry practice. So, the most exciting procedure I was able to assist with in this program was wisdom teeth extractions with the maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Cano. I also assisted the prosthodontist with mixing and taking impressions. All the patients were very appreciative of their dentists and always left with smiles.
I highly recommend this program for any future dentists wanting to not only experience a comprehensive dental outreach program, but also explore a beautiful country during weekend trip opportunities.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was part of CFHI's Intensive Beginner Spanish and Healthcare in Oaxaca, Mexico program from October 2013 to November 2013. I had an amazing time in Oaxaca learning about the healthcare system and exploring the beautiful city of Oaxaca. Being apart of this program allowed me to gain plenty of first hand experience in the medical field. During my program I volunteered at a rehabilitation center for children and got to see many different types of therapies and also directly help the facility by taking care of the children. I also rotated through a hospital and a community clinic. Through my rotations I was able to witness a child birth, which was defineitly a touching experience. Getting to see how medicine was practiced in a different country was a truly eye opening experience. As a pre-med student, CFHI's Intensive Beginner Spanish and Healthcare in Oaxaca, Mexico was a very helpful program. Not only did it give me valuable healthcare insight and experience it also allowed me to improve my Spanish speaking skills and learn more about the Mexican culture. Also, Oaxaca was a beautiful city full of culture that I am lucky to have been able to spend a whole month there. Thank you CFHI for the awesome experience!!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Quite well

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Definitely

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had the absolute BEST experience with CFHI!! I participated in the Amazon Community and Indigenous Health program in Ecuador where I observed rural and urban healthcare in the city of Puyo, as well as learn about natural medicine from a traditional, indigenous family. Not only did I learn a great deal about the culture and the healthcare system in Ecuador, but I feel like I was able to contribute to the health and well-being of the people. During my time in Ecuador, I shadowed doctors in the Emergency Department and Family Medicine and got to see a wide range of cases. Everyday was completely different. I personally observed many trauma cases in the ER such as motor vehicle crashes, deep wounds, etc. while Family Medicine consisted of assisting with pap smears, prenatal care, and digestive health issues. My favorite part about the program was definitely the jungle visit with a Shuar family. I learned so much about medicinal plants (which I now use to this day) and also just living in the Amazon in general...i even got the chance to become a godmother to one of the Shuar kids! it was just an unbelievable trip.
As a pre-med student, I know that all the skills and experience I learned through CFHI can directly apply for me to become the best physician I can be. Thank you CFHI!!!!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

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Quite well

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Definitely

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a Child Family Health International participant, I traveled to Puerto Escondido, Mexico on the “Tropical Medicine and Community Based Care on the Coast of Mexico” program. The program was outstanding, and the people at CFHI both in the US and while in Mexico were all committed to the wellbeing of the participants and the communities they serve. I am so thankful for having had the opportunity to go abroad with CFHI -- what an adventure! Beautiful beaches, fun music, local food, and surf lessons filled the afternoons and weekends. And best of all, this vacation-like experience included an altruistic mission: supporting the health of the local community. With subtle lessons in cultural competency, the daily experiences abroad have forever made me a better healthcare practitioner to all patient populations. It was both humbling and rewarding to provide primary care in the local health clinics of rural towns surrounding Puerto Escondido. Now, back in NYC, I realize that I am more understanding of many of my patients, in particular who are immigrants, who struggle with a language barrier, or who are from cultures different than my own. Lastly, I am thankful for the language skills acquired in Mexico during the Spanish classes as well as in the clinics, on the beach, and at the homestay. Knowing Spanish, especially medical Spanish, enables me to provide better care for many of my Spanish-speaking patients and allows me to pursue a greater diversity of career opportunities.

I am a nurse; now back in school to become a nurse practitioner. I have student loans and very little time off from school; regardless, I found a way to be an international volunteer. If you like traveling, enjoy challenging yourself, and aspire to be the best healthcare professional you can be, then make the time, find the funds, and go abroad with Child Family Health International – ‘let the world change you’.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

encourage participants to be hands-on as much as possible from day one. You are there to learn, and the best way to do that is by doing!

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2013

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Rating: 4 stars  

I just finished a volunteer experience with the Child Family Health International organization at Oaxaca, Mexico. This experience was absolutely priceless. I stayed with a Mexican host family, which maximized my ability to learn Spanish during the experience, as their ability to converse in English was minimal. The hospitality (and the food) that the family provided me with was superb. The program was split between clinic time and Spanish courses (in addition to ample time for recreation as well). The language school affiliated with CFHI--Becari--had a great director who facilitated everything related to the stay, in addition to giving us advice on where to visit around the city, as well as tourist locations in Oaxaca. In conclusion, I had a great time in Oaxaca. I got to learn Spanish, primary care medicine along with differences between Mexican and US systems for medicine, as well as had ample time to visit various locations in Oaxaca which I thoroughly enjoyed. I would do it again in a heartbeat.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to get students a more "hands on" experience in an inpatient/hospital/surgical setting, rather than a hands-off primary care setting, although the latter was also extremely beneficial.

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Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

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Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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