We help healthcare providers and patients reconnect with healing by facilitating volunteer medical trips to underserved communities

 
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Our Beginning

Heart of Medicine emerged from an impromptu trip to Haiti. After 8 years of providing primary care, founder Beth Smolko was burnt out. Was practicing medicine really all about endless computer screens, insurance forms and 10 minutes per patient? She traveled to rural Haiti to staff a medical clinic and rediscovered the true heart of medicine. Beth launched the non-profit organization to enable other healthcare providers and underserved patient communities to reconnect with healing. 

 

“Nobody hears the cry of the poor, or the sound of a wooden bell.”

— haitian proverb

 

Our Mission

 

Our team collaborates with established organizations in the US and in developing countries to link healthcare providers with underserved populations that desperately need primary care services. We facilitate annual trips to Haiti to staff medical clinics, bringing volunteer healthcare providers to serve communities that have limited access to medical care.  

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Our Approach

Heart of Medicine collaborates with other non-profits to staff existing clinics that are often available to patients just a few weeks each year. Volunteer medical providers pay for their travel to Haiti and our organization covers all in country costs, including transportation, lodging, food, translators and medicines. Our intent is to be as efficient as possible with the resources we are given.

 

360

patients treated Nov 2016

52%

of patients under 35 years old

$3.02

cost per patient visit

 
 
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Get Involved

Are you a healthcare provider? Consider staffing a clinic in Haiti. No experience in travel medicine required - just a desire to serve and a chance to rediscover your passion for medicine. Our next trip is currently scheduled for November 2017.

Ready to support our medical volunteers? Consider donating supplies or encouraging those preparing to travel to Haiti by spreading the word and raising funds to provide grants for healthcare providers and students unable to afford travel.

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