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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International, International Academic Exchange

Mission: MEDICC believes Health for All is Possible and works to enhance cooperation among the US, Cuban and global health communities aimed at better health outcomes and equity.

Results: 2014 was a pivotal year for MEDICC, transitioning leadership to new Executive Director Pierre LaRamée, a dedicated advocate of global health equity and Latin American human rights, who brought to MEDICC over 30 years’ experience in NGO leadership. Under his direction, all programs have expanded and new staff have joined MEDICC’s ranks to accommodate this growth. Among the ways we bridged the US, Cuban, and global health communities and shared the successful outcomes of Cuba’s public health and medical education systems, MEDICC: • Catapulted the story of the Latin American Medical School (ELAM) onto the global stage, through co-founder Gail Reed’s TEDMED talk “Where to train the world’s doctors? Cuba.” To date, the video has been viewed over 700,000 times and has been translated into 22 languages. • Coordinated educational exchanges to Cuba for 152 professionals, participating in 12 programs tailored to each group, including a high-level delegation of Congressional Diabetes Caucus members, medical experts and patient advocates to Cuba to learn more about diabetes care and an innovative therapy that reduces diabetic foot amputations. • Generated new Institutional Bridges and developed others, brokering a bilateral agreement between the American Public Health Association and the Cuban Society of Public Health, which envisions joint research and exchange of experience and publications; and furthering work on end-of-life issues between Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Cuba’s Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery as well as the relationship between the University of California at San Francisco’s Memory and Aging Center and CNEURO the Cuban Neurosciences Center. • Became a prime source for news on Cuba’s role in fighting the Ebola epidemic through press outreach and a new website. www.ebola.medicc.org. Cuba sent 256 nurses and doctors, the largest contingent of healthcare workers from any country. In cooperation with Global Links, MEDICC also launched a special fundraising campaign to secure shipment of medical supplies to the international and Cuban teams. • Launched new sites in one of our signature programs, Community Partnerships for Health Equity (CPHE), in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Summit County, Ohio; Kern County, South Los Angeles, Del Norte and San Diego; California. We also convened the first national meeting of MEDICC’s CPHE Network of Community Partnerships for Health Equity, with community health leaders and advocates from six cities joined together to share with each other actions taken to improve local health, prompted by insights gleaned from their visits to Cuba.

Programs: Educational Exchange Programs in Cuba, Community Partnerships for Health Equity, Medical Literature for Cuban Professionals, Latin American Medical School, ELAM: Support for US students and graduates, Equitable Health Care in Haiti, MEDICC Review-International Journal of Cuban Health & Medicine

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As an ELAM graduate who was fortunate enough to avail of all of MEDICC's different programs (Mnisi Fellowship to cover costs for board exams, Community Connections to facilitate summer rotation placements in U.S. clinics and hospitals, Pathway to Residency mentorship for guidance in the residency application process), I can attest to how invaluable the support that MEDICC provides to ELAM students and graduates has been for me. The fact that everyone who applied to residency in my graduating class (Class of 2014) all matched successfully into a residency program on the first try shows how MEDICC's different pipeline programs contributed to a successful match season and resulted in our successful transition into residency programs in the U.S. that predominantly work with the most underserved communities. I hope MEDICC continues with the great work they are doing locally and internationally!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A great group of people working to increase medical education and exchange above politics. Yes, the exchange trips are quite expensive, especially for independent researchers and scholars. However, the lectures were excellent, delivered by people whose devotion to healthcare is unmistakeable, and the sites we visited were informative and diverse. The traveling MEDICC staff works tirelessly to bridge the experiences of both visitors and hosts. This was one of my most memorable trips ever.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a 2016 medical school graduate of the Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina. Thankfully to MEDICC's Mnisi Fellowship, Community Connections programs, and residency outreach programs, I have successfully passed all USMLEs during my medical school education years, received essential U.S. clinical experience, and become a competitive candidate for this year's residency match season. I am forever grateful to MEDICC's dedicated and loving staff.

1 Bill109

Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2012, MEDICC organized a tour of the Cuban public health system for a group of public health, non-profit and public officials from Albuquerque, NM. Many members of our group were skeptical of what the Cuban health system had to offer. By the time we returned that Cuba has quite a lot to offer the U.S. in terms of: community engagement, cross-sector collective impact, preventing and managing chronic disease, and a host of other ways to help people to live healthy lives while reducing the economic burden of the healthcare system on taxpayers. This amazing organization not only works to improve health outcomes in the U.S. but also increases understanding, empathy, good will and partnerships between the U.S. and Cuba that will have a lasting impact.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a graduate of the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana, Cuba. I can say with out hesitation that my successful transition into residency in the US would not have been possible without MEDICC 's support and guidance.

Elizabeth169

Client Served

Rating: 5

MEDICC provides excellent opportunities for health care professionals to learn more about how universal integrated care works. They have consistently supported positive changes to U.S. health care primarily by supporting our young doctors graduating from ELAM in Cuba but also through educating those already in the field.

1 Melissa73

Client Served

Rating: 5

MEDICC is helping to change the face of healthcare in the U.S. Literally. They are the most important supporters of U.S. graduates of the Latin American School of Medicine, and have helped to create a support network for us as we return home to serve after graduation. Our students are selected by their willingness and ability to work in underserved areas upon graduation, and we are mostly students of color: African American, Latino, and other. Even though there is a huge need, and a shortage of doctors willing to work in these areas, we still face many challenges as international medical graduates. MEDICC has helped to destroy some of these barriers, by increasing our access to study materials, supportive networks, and funding to offset some of the expenses involved in becoming licensed here. They also support other (non-U.S.) graduates of the Latin American School of Medicine in their work across the globe.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a student at the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) in Cuba, a full scholarship program that graduates over 10,000 students a year to work in uderserved communities. I am so grateful to MEDICC for their work with the students. They help us with a lot of the logistical issues of coming back to the states and getting into residency so that we can fulfill our dreams of working in underserved communities here in our home country. Thank you MEDICC!