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Posted By: John P. Howe, III, M.D. on January 20, 2011

Labels: United States

Project HOPE’s health education and humanitarian assistance programs have been saving lives around the world for more than 52 years. What you may not realize, is that our important work also includes health care and education programs right here in the United States.

Here are just a few examples.

As early as 1969, HOPE trained community health assistants and established a nursing degree program in Laredo, Texas to increase access to health care services and improve health care in the region.

In 1981, HOPE began publishing Health Affairs, now the leading journal of health policy thought and research. The Washington Post, has called Health Affairs the bible of health policy.

After Katrina

And when disaster stuck the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, HOPE was there to help with immediate medical volunteer assistance and the delivery of critically needed medicines and medical supplies. Our long- term help even resulted in permanent health care services being restored and even expanded in Moss Point Mississippi, an area devastated by the hurricane.

Last year, HOPE began working in the rural areas of New Mexico, this time to address disparities in the recognition and treatment of chronic diseases by increasing access to prevention education, medical screenings and specialty services using a mobile health clinic and telemedicine.

Delta Health Alliance

Over the next couple of days, I will be traveling throughout the Mississippi Delta, exploring some of the 30 programs administered by Delta Health Alliance, an organization dedicated to providing better health care and health care access to the residents of the area. As I visit the clinics and medical education institutions and meet with beneficiaries, program administrators and even government officials, I will be assessing opportunities where HOPE's well-established medical volunteer, donated medicines and health education programs might help support the important work of the Delta Health Alliance.

I invite you to follow my blog over the next few days to learn more about the needs and lifesaving work being provided to underserved, women and children, right here in our own country.

John

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