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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

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Too expensive to go to cuba tru your non profit
I am a physician , trying to establish relationship to help Cuba , but I have been
Not able to go tru your prices

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization helps physicians who have studied medicine in Cuba to practice medicine in the USA. Many of these physicians have very limited financial resources and are unfamiliar with the grueling and expensive process to practice medicine here. MEDICC helps these doctors in every step of this process and has been responsible for giving us an indirect look at Cuba (since we get to interact with the US doctors that Cuba produced). Since I have interacted with many of them, I can say that US doctors who are trained in Cuba are very smart, hard-working, dedicated, bilingual, and want to work in the medically-underserved communities in the USA. These skills make them an asset to their US patients and a model to all of their medical colleagues. Without MEDICC, we would not have these outstanding physicians in our medical system.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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}

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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.