Medical Education Cooperation With Cuba

Rating: 4.95 stars   77 reviews

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1814 Franklin Street, Suite 820 Oakland CA 94612 USA

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

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Went to Cuba with them and they are a class act. If you are interested in health care and Cuba, they are the ones to travel with. They have over 25 years of connections with the Cuban public health system. Plus, their travel prices were competitive if not even cheaper than many other vendors.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This is an excellent organization that provides a real and unbiased perspective of Cuban medical development.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

The staff at MEDICC are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the organization and are very comprehensive in messages about their work including both goals and accomplishments. Great job at relaying this information to the public!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization is impressive ​for ​all the help and support ​they have given over the years. Thank you for helping to transmit to the world the virtues of the Cuban medical system and the ​many ​achievements in various fields of Cuban medicine. Thanks for helping to foster exchange between health professionals and assist with the​ir​ professional development. ​I wish everyone at this organization my most deserved congratulations.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The Medical Education Cooperation With Cuba is, I firmly believe, one of the most meaningful, effective, and purposeful non-profits operating today. Its concern is not profits but, instead, recognizing and promoting the health needs of people who are often unfairly neglected and even persecuted by self-serving entities. {Rich Haney}

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been aware of MEDICC's work with ELAM for several years. They are current and efficient and the results of their work is in evidence all around the globe where medical services are needed for those least
able to get them, especially in rural, and isolated areas.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

I know some of the professionals working for MEDICC and they are very committed to improving health care for all and to normalizing relations between the American and Cuban people.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

As an advisor/consultant within development cooperation on health with WHO, Sida (Sweden), ICRC, ActionAid and others, a university lecturer on public health in Uppsala I have seen Cuban health teams in action in several African countries. I have also studied the Cuban health services on five tours with medical personnal from Sweden. Much of what I have seen and experienced is explained and documented in Medicc. I think its quality and usefulness merit more international recognition.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

MEDICC has been a great source of information and analysis since the Ebola crises about the role Cuba is playing in West Africa to fight back against the disease, as well as about US-Cuba relations. I also have been amazed by their work spreading the word on the Cuban community health model and ELAM, the Latin American School of Medicine. I look forward to following and supporting MEDICC's work in the years to come!

 
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Undoubtedly, Cuba has models in healthcare, agriculture, etc. that are low-cost that the U.S. could learn from. Vice versa, Cubans experience many issues accessing technology due to strained relations with the U.S. MEDICC strives to build a collaborative world in which we can all benefit from what the other has to offer. In addition to their many great programs, MEDICC, on principle, is a leader for emphasizing the importance of cooperation.

I had one of my first jobs at MEDICC and since then, I have been inspired to research mulit-sector approaches to public health issues for the rest of my career.

 
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The Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba is a breakthrough nonprofit organization in community health and integrated healthcare models. My experience at MEDICC was that the staff was dedicated and constantly thinking of new avenues to promote health equity and also to establish better ties between the U.S. and Cuba for the sake of the health of the two populations and the world. The resources that the U.S. has available combined with the advanced planning of the Cuban healthcare model will benefit the world population and the staff at MEDICC will be our leaders to a healthier globe.

 
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