Thursday, April 14, 2016

Update from Helen Toma (an MS4 2016 Trip Leader)

"The spring trip happens every year in order to prep for the summer, as well as so the public health leaders can become more familiar with how things will work in country over the summer, and to meet some of the people involved in making things happen. This year, our first stop was in Choluteca, where we met with Silvia, our liaison at ASHONPLAFA. She helps us acquire all the medications we will need in country, coordinates for all of our pap smear slides to get sent to Tegucigalpa and read, and is very diligent about helping women get the follow-up care they need. While in Choluteca, we were also able to meet with women who work for the Oficina Municipal de la Mujer, an organization that works to help and empower women experiencing domestic violence. The women there were able to explain to us the resources offered, as well as how women can obtain them.

From Choluteca we headed to El Corpus, our home base for the summer. There, we met with Juana and worked out all the details for summer, including lodging and transportation for clinic week. We also headed up to Madrigales, where clinic is held, and met with the promotores from the various surrounding communities. We had a record breaking SEVENTEEN show up! During that meeting we discussed when students would be arriving to present charlas, as well as assigned specific clinic dates for the communities. Another key aspect of this meeting is getting feedback on the charlas. Because the charlas are meant to empower women, we always ask for feedback to make sure women are getting not only the information they need, but most importantly, the information they desire. The public health leaders (Lavanya and Lisa) did a fabulous job of going through the proposed charlas for the upcoming summer, as well as listening to suggestions on ways to tweak or add new information based on the suggestions of the health promoteres."

                                                               La iglesia en El Corpus

                                                      Helen with her 2014 host, Kelin

                                                          Kelin, Lisa, Helen y Lavanya

                                             Helen with 2016 public health leader, Lisa

                                                                  Plato tipico

Friday, August 14, 2015

By The Numbers

Final Counts from the 2015 HHA trip are in! The HHA staff had an incredibly productive year, seeing and treating more women than any previous year! 

Here are the numbers:

Total women seen:  567 
Pap smears performed:  291 
IUDs placed:  15  
Depo Injections:   44  
OCP 1 month packs provided:   3601  
Women sent for follow-up care:   22  
Partner treatments hiked out to community: 32  

Communities visited/treated:  10  

This year's trip added an additional clinic day as well as an additional community to reach more Honduran women. Although HHA continues to make great progress in providing women's healthcare to rural and underserved women, the organization continues to strive to expand its services and reach in years to come. 

Friday, July 31, 2015

Belated Update: 2015 Success

The 2015 Honduran Health Alliance team is celebrating a record-breaking year, with more than 550 women served in the clinic! All members of the team are safely back home.

Enjoy a few brief highlights from the trip below:

The line of women waiting at the clinic when the team arrived every morning.

The cattle-truck ride to and from clinic.

MS2 Haley Holway interviewing a patient.

The lovely team of attendings and MS4 leaders. 

Cattle truck ride to Choluteca after the last day of clinic.

The adventurous hiking crew that tackled a tortuous climb after their time in communities giving health charlas.

We would like to extend a special thank you to all of our supporters that make the Honduran Health Alliance possible. Without your support, we would not be able to provide care and resources to underserved Honduran women. Thank you so much!

Official final statistics from the 2015 trip to come!

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

2015 HHA Team Complete

We are pleased to announce that our 2015 Honduran Health Alliance team is complete!

2015 HHA Team:

Public Health Leaders: Liz Millar and Lauren Wall
Attendings: Narges Farahi MD, Dana Neutze MD, Caroline Roberts MD
Resident: Kimberly Newton MD
OIA Representative: Shay Slifko
Medical School Leaders (MS4s): Tyler Warmack, Desiree Coutinho
MS4s: Richard Uribe, Seam Miller, Jessica Glatz, Marissa Gray, Roberto Rupcich, Julia Nugent, Christina Olson
MS1s: Erica Andrews, Jamie Prince, Katelyn Rittenhouse, Haley Holway, Elizabeth Stephenson, Helen Powell, Katherine Lee, Hannah Jones

As excitement for the upcoming trip grows, this team is working hard to acquire the last of the supplies and funds necessary to make the 2015 HHA clinics successful.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Meet the 2015 HHA Team

With the start of a new year, we would like to take a moment to introduce the members of the 2015 HHA team:
Front Row: Erica Andrews, Jamie Prince, Katelyn Rittenhouse
Back Row: Desiree Coutinho, Haley Holway, Elizabeth Stephenson, Helen Powell, Katherine Lee, Liz Millar, Hannah Jones, & Tyler Warmack
Not Pictured: Lauren Wall

This team is currently busy gathering supplies, organizing trip logistics, and raising funds for the upcoming trip. If you are interested in donating, you can make an online donation in 3 easy steps:
1) Click Search Funds
2) Type in Honduran Health Alliance and click search
4) Click give and enter donation amount

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Passing the Torch

As a new cohort prepares for the 2015 Honduran Health Alliance trip, we would like to take a brief moment to recognize the great work of the 2014 HHA team.

Over the course of 6 clinic days, 9 rural communities were reached. The HHA team saw 496 women in clinic. Additionally, 461 women were reached through charlas (public health presentations). A breakdown of services and resources provided by the HHA staff include:

299 pap smears 
12 IUD’s placed
3,950 condoms provided
189 year supplies of OCP’s given
21 women sent for HHA-funded follow-up

Although HHA has made great strides in providing women’s healthcare to rural and underserved regions of Honduras over the years, there is still room for significant progress to be made to expand the reach of adequate women’s health and family planning services. We hope that the 2015 trip will take one more step toward achieving this vision.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Now Accepting Applications for 2015!!

Applications are now available for the 2015 course and excursion!  Tentative dates for the trip are June 29th - July 20th, 2015.  Please email if you have questions.

The LAHI 2015 Application is a joint application with Proyectos Puentes de Salud in Mexico.  You may indicate on the form whether you are interested in both or just one of the projects.  The applications are available by email (sent out by Susanna Epling on 10/7), and are due October 20th to  We will contact you individually if you have been selected for an interview.

Thank you!