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Health Horizons International Foundation Inc

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Causes: Community Health Systems, Health, Health Support, Public Health

Mission: Our mission is to improve community health in the Dominican Republic. Through building local capacity for public health and strengthening the primary health care system, we work to promote well-being and access to quality health care.

Results: We work with the Ministry of Health to train physicians, nurses, and community health workers across the province to provide screening, treatment, and management for chronic diseases, and provide support and guidance for continuous learning and improvement. We also hold 3 primary health care field clinics annually in partnership with US and Dominican care providers. In 2018, we provided free health screening at the Dream Project's Health Fair in Cabarete and at la Union Air Force Base.

Target demographics: communities facing poverty, lack of access to quality health care, and limited socioeconomic opportunity

Direct beneficiaries per year: • 100 community health workers trained • 60 doctors and 30 nurses trained in diabetes diagnosis, treatment, and management • 12 primary care centers and 3 hospitals engaged in systems strengthening ⇒ and 165 primary care centers planned by 2020 • 10,000 patient consultations provided • 100 US medical professionals and students engaged as volunteers • 120 patients enrolled in our chronic care program • 100 latrines built • 27,000 individuals reached through community and individual health education

Geographic areas served: the Puerto Plata province of the Dominican Republic

Programs: promotores de salud, a community based health workforce; a Chronic Care Program (CCP), the only long-term chronic disease management program in the region; and, Sano y Feliz (Healthy and Happy), a group program helping people diagnosed with, or at risk for, chronic diseases to incorporate healthy eating, exercise, and medication management into their lifestyles.

Community Stories

33 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have personally donated to Health Horizons for each of the past 10 years and will continue to do so in the future. HHI was founded by a number of doctors in the Northeast who originally went to the Dominican Republic on one mission trip to bring medical help to indigent people. They were so profoundly moved by the experience that they founded HHI which now has had a permanent presence in the DR for more than ten years. The number of stories from persons with unknown blood pressure and diabetes are legendary and countless. My donations make me feel as happy as the many citizens of the DR whose lives have been inalterably changed by the great work of Health Horizons International.

Jeimy L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Very friendly and all about people! Their executive director really shows his care about providing good health care services for people!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Trabajan en las comunidades de montellano puerto plata dando servicios de salud a los mas necesitados

Client Served

Rating: 5

Mi padre recibe la atención y medicamentos de esta gran institución que ayuda a los diabéticos

Advisor

Rating: 5

Health Horizons International Foundation is a nonprofit that improves community health by empowering local leaders

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Buena organisasion que trabaja en montellano contrq la diasbete y ipertencion con pacientes pobres

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Esta organización trabaja arduamente para facilitar los medicamentos y los servicios a personas que padecen de diabetes e hipertensión en la Republica Dominicana

Donor

Rating: 5

An outstanding organization that serves thousands of communities living in deplorable situation. Please support their work!

1 Del Mar G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

“One of the most giving and nurturing organizations in the Caribbean! They help thousands of people to have access to primary care and medicine whom are living in deplorable situations.”

1 dumbledore2928

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Beautiful work, beautiful people, beautiful organization!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm Willy Destin I used to be a health promoter and I've been with Health Horizons during the past 10 years, I'm actually the Referral Coordinator, HHI is working very hard to provide quality care servises to patients with HTN, DM, epilepsy and asthma and with many other health problems... I feel proud and a better person because I'm part of this organization.

Thank you HHI for all you did, for all you do and for all we are looking forward to improve in communities like where I live.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

HHI is a wonderful organization. When I came to HHI , I found out that it’s like family. I have good experiences with the workers.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for a medical mission trip with HHI and had a wonderful. experience. It was very organized and everything was clearly explained. They went out of their way to make it a good experience for us. I really enjoyed the time I spent there and look forward to doing a trip with them again in the future.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

es una intitusion sin fines de lucros que trabajas con personas de las comunidades con problemas de saluz lo ayudas a mejorar su enfermedad

2 Solenin G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Horizontes de salud República Dominicana viene a aportar a las comunidades necesitadas tanto medicamentos como la capacitación de personas para dotarlas de conocimientos para ayudar a los más necesitados. En los años que tengo como voluntaria e obtenido una gran variedad de conocimientos.

3 Charlenis La N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Esta fundación aporta un excelente servicio a mi comunidad, ya que se encarga de la salud y bienestar de las personas..

3 Sihara E P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Esta fundación dedica fuerzas y energías promoviendo estilos de vida saludables y prevención de enfermedades crónicas. Lo hace fomentando la alimentación sana, actividad y ejercicio físico, de esta manera las personas mejoran su salud.

4 Dania B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Esta fundación trabaja dia dia para la salud comunitaria

4 Daniela R.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Gracias a esta organización muchas personas reciben ayuda que antes no tenian.
Gracias HHI

4 Victoria Trejo M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Es una institución que trabaja a favor de los mas necesitado

4 Ruben L. T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Soy testigo de la excelencia que brinda esta organización y como sus aportes han contribuido al desarrollo de muchas comunidades

4 Evelyn D. E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

El trabajo que hace esta fundación con sus pacientes es increíble, le da medicamento y seguimiento, cosa que no se hacía antes en esas comunidades

4 Elsa L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Es una fundación que hace una excelente labor comunitaria.

2 Willy D.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm Willy Destin, Referral Specialist at Health Horizons International and I've been with this organization for 10 years, as a translator and volunteering as a community health worker and now as an employee.

Health Horizons International means a lot to me and my community because of the commitment to the people they serve, and that was one of the reason why I decided to help people in my community through the great job Health Horizons International does in the Dominican Republic.

If I could say a word to let you know what HHI means to me and my community, that word would be "family"

Go HHI! We are the A-Team.

3 Elisa R.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

He participado durante 10 años en la organicismo 6 de ello como voluntaria y 4 como empleada.
la experiencias ha sido y seguirá siendo maravillosa ya que hacemos lo que nos gusta, que es el trabajo comunitario y ayudar a las personas que realmente lo necesitan de una manera transparente, segura y confiable.
Ademas me ha dado la oportunidad de crecimiento, en el área comunitario, personal y profesional y laboral. Y esas son de las muchas cosas que hace, ayudar a mejorar, ya sea mediante una vida de salud con calidad a sus usuarios o en lo profesional con sus voluntarios y empleados.

3 Laura Massiel Castillo G.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Excelente el servicio que brindan a las comunidades que van.

5

Board Member

Rating: 5

One of the most humbling and enriching experiences in my professional journey has been joining the HHI Family. For a decade, Horizontes de Salud has positioned itself as one of the strongest public health organizations in the country. Through our programs focused on chronic community health care, we have served as a bridge between the health system gap and the population in a situation of socioeconomic vulnerability or other determining factors such as education, employment, sustainable housing, and access to water; which also prevent access to health as a basic human right. Our work was born as a sustainable, permanent and long-term solution to the medical operations that our founders performed in the city of Villa Montellano, Puerto Plata; where we focused on the four communities of Pancho Mateo, Severet, Arroyo de Leche and Negro Melo to offer completely free primary care services to local residents three times a year. During the past ten years, keeping the promise we once made to our communities, we have made more than 30 medical operations who have impacted the lives of more than 3000 beneficiaries.

4 Mary Frances C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I participated in a trip almost ten years ago, but the work of the community health workers, doctors and PAs stays with me to this day. HHI has deep roots in its communities, and cares deeply for the people it serves.

4

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a co-founder of HHI, it has been amazing to be a part of the growth of this organization. Our mission driven staff has brought HHI to new heights in accomplishing work that is steeped in community and empowerment. I am proud to be a part of this team.

4

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am one of the co-founders of Health Horizons and am incredibly pleased that we are celebrating our 10th anniversary this year. HHI has grown from essentially a "mom and pop" operation to a well respected NGO partnered with the Dominican Ministry of Public Health and the World Diabetes Foundation. Personally, I am gratified to see the changes in our patients who have gone from the paternalistic system to which they were accustomed in which they were used to just doing what they told and asking no questions. They are now full participants in their care and have benefited greatly from it.

3 Anne B.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have participated in many Medical Service Trips with HHI since its inception. It is very rewarding to see the impact that a small organization with dedicated volunteers can have on the health of underserved communities. The friendships I have developed are wonderful. As a physician, the opportunity to work in a setting where resources are limited but caring and ingenuity are boundless is invigorating. Working with students and residents allows us to share our excitement and introduce them to the reward of this work.

Anne Brewer, MD
Volunteer and Board Member

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mi nombre es nathaly y he sido una paciente de horizonte de salud, hacen un buen trabajo

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hello!
My name is Dr. Maria Pou, I am a family doctor and a I've been working for Health Horizons International for three years in the Dominican Republic, It has been an excellent experience and I can say there is always new things to learn. I love going to home visits to see our patients, they are so nice and grateful for all the people who help them.