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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

37 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I travelled to Cuba this year with MEDICC to learn about the Cuban healthcare system. Everyone involved with MEDICC was very informative and helpful. The opportunities we had to engage in exchanges with Cuban healthcare professionals were excellent. MEDICC does wonderful work sharing the Cuban healthcare system with a broader audience.
I am also very impressed with MEDICC's program of engagement with medically underserved communities in the US and with students receiving their medical education through ELAM.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I spent a month in Cuba recently, looking into the national Health Services Distribution, ELAM, and Medical Training in the country. It is terrific, especially taking into consideration, the difficulties the US had put in their way. At present, with the changing attitudes of the US, one can only imagine how much more can be done. MEDICC has played no small part in this developement, and should you be considering exploring what is being done in the field in Cuba, I can heartedly recommend using them as aprimary resource.

2 Lowell G.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MEDICC, through it's journal MEDICC Review, has brought valuable information about Cuban health care organization and advance in medical research that benefit all of us.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

MEDICC provides individuals with an opportunity to learn about advances in public health, biomedical research and medical care in Cuba. Much of the research and innovations in health care organization are transferrable to other countries. This is even more valuable with recent changes in the US relationship with Cuba. MEDICC uses its resources very wisely.

2 Chiquita T.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to travel with MEDICC to explore and learn about CUBA and their health care system. The information, resources and exposure was incredible. I so enjoyed learning about the medical school and the opportunities for dedicated practitioners to become physicians in their communities. I continue to promote this program whenever appropriate. Would love to be a board member and or work for this organization.

Dr. Chiquita Tuttle

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My research educational experience while visiting CUBA to learn more about their health and medical program was enlightening. The Cuban health professionals were welcoming and provided such a wealth of information about the wonderful work of MEDICC. I am definitely going to return . Currently studying Public Health Policy in a doctoral program at Walden and this experience will lend a rich perspective to include in my research work.

2 Yvette5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Saw this organization in action on a trip to Cuba. Amazing work they are doing taken care of the population in need of health care. Dedicated, caring organization doing fabulous work in Cuba.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

I think during the long time of the USA block and violence against your country, MEDICC has contributed to make more visible the cuban health system and its efficacy around the world.
May be, in this time is not as necessary as before.
I learned much with you and hope your permanence and growing
Dr. Jorge Luis Manzini
Mar del Plata, Argentina

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

With the opening between the US and Cuba, it is imperative that we understand more about Cuba, its health system and open the science dialogue as that will likely be the first area to be encourage in collaboration. MEDICC helps immensely with that, acquainted those not in Cuba with the character of medicine and medical science in Cuba, an increasingly important area of concern and interest to the US and world medical community.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Medicc was a 'voice in the wilderness' in the US until recently, telling Americans about what was happening with health and health professions education in Cuba during a period when few others were. As a teaching resource in those days they were invaluable. Now that relations with Cuba are improving, Medicc is once again leading the way by providing our political, clinical and educational leaders with the insights gained by years of experience 'on the ground.' We need them more than ever!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MEDICC arranged an itinerary for our group of healthcare professionals/administrators, governmental officials, and academics to look at Cuba's healthcare/public health system and how other agencies/stakeholders are engaged in improving the population's health. It was an eye-opening experience--we learned some lessons that we are trying to apply to our region.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization! It has worked tirelessly to explore medical realities in Cuba and to build the friendship that has led to a relaxing between both countries. We now will have the opportunity to open research between the US and Cuba and to provide mutual benefits from that research.

3 Kendra J.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MEDICC does extraordinary work to support US students studying medicine in Cuba. They assist with exam preparation and exam fees, and work with US hospitals to find opportunities for rotations here in the US which is invaluable when these amazing students apply to residencies in the united states. MEDICC is an integral part of this pipeline of passionate young doctors, the majority from backgrounds under-represented in medicine, committed to caring for underserved communities.

1 Steve153

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I experienced the Cuban health system through MEDICC as a 4th year med student in 1999. It was an amazing experience and I'm thrilled at the work they continue to do within and outside of Cuba.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MEDICC has been an essential part of my medical career. They have provided support and resources needed along the way.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

At the end of the 1990s, I teached nutritional biochemistry to students of the Tulane University, who passed in Cuba short stays for medical education and exchanges with our students at the Faculty of Medicine. The excellent results of the medical cooperation with Cuba contained in this review is an excellent background for future collaborations on the field of medical assistance and research in the whole American continent.

Prof. Manuel Hernández-Triana, MD, PhD
Past President
Latin American Nutrition Society

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In May, 2015 I travelled to Havana, Cuba under the auspices of this organization's educational activities. The quality, content, organizational expertise, sites visited, and depth and breadth of what I experienced and learned far exceeded my pre-trip expectations. Since returning I am in contact with other programs developed by MEDICC, and am optimistic about being able to implement some of the impressive social, educational, and humanitarian accomplishments for the benefit of citizens of the USA, as well as educate both laypersons and medical professionals about the impressive advances in research unique to Cuba.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to travel with this organization.....and it was truly an outstanding experience. A must do for anyone interested in the Cuban Healthcare system.

1 Claudia27

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was the mentor of a US student who received her medical degree in Cuba, with the indispensable support of MEDDIC. The work they do in support of populations who have little access to healthcare in our own country, United States, by helping these youth from poor backgrounds receive their medical degree, is extraordinary. It deserves nothing but our unwavering support and admiration.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MEDICC is an unsung hero in the struggle to both recognize the accomplishments of the Cuban medical system and to better integrate the Cuban medical system into the US-dominated narrative of health and health care in the Western hemisphere. Their work with ELAM and with disseminating scientific accomplishments is superb. MEDICC deserves kudos as well as support.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MEDICC provides vital support to the students at the Latin American School of Medicine. Thanks for all you did and continue to do to support me and my colleagues!

Melissa Davis, MD
Graduate of ELAM, Habana, Cuba
3rd year resident in Family Medicine, the Ohio State University

Nayck F.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I went on a MEDICC sponsored trip to Cuba to look at how the Cuban system deals with Gender and Health issues, it was an experience that I will never forget! The work this organization is doing is very important and I encourage any and all support people may give.