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Connecting people and organizations for greater global impact.

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Connecting people and organizations for greater global impact.

The need in the developing world is great, and it cannot always be met by organizations working independently. HealthWorks Collaborative is the team behind the team — when we collaborate, more good is accomplished.

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About Us


About Us

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About Us


About Us

Our work scales the efforts of international public health organizations by connecting volunteers with organizations and opportunities, providing administrative expertise, and supporting expenses associated with medical supplies and volunteer travel.

While our work is global in scope, our emphasis is on projects in Central and South America. HealthWorks Collaborative focuses on providing public health care including surgery, clean water and improved sanitation, safe cooking methods, health education, and disease prevention to underserved populations.

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History


History

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History


History

HealthWorks Collaborative began as the SMG Foundation in 1997 with a focus on child care/treatment agencies that operated residential facilities for at-risk children.

In 2011, a new generation of trustees gradually shifted the focus of the Foundation’s work to pediatric surgical trips to Central America. In 2016, the SMG Foundation relaunched as HealthWorks Collaborative, to scale the efforts of international public health organizations by connecting volunteers with organizations and opportunities, providing administrative expertise, and supporting expenses associated with medical supplies and volunteer travel.

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Our Team


Our Team

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Our Team


Our Team

Brenda Mike, Executive Director
Lauren Forman, Trustee
Kristin Kelling, Trustee
Monford D. Custer, III, Trustee

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2016 Missions


2016 Missions

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2016 Missions


2016 Missions

GUATEMALA — STOVE TEAM MISSION

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In mid-March Mr. Kelling, founder of HWC, participated in a mission to Guatemala supported by HELPS International.  The team built 142 stoves in five days for Mayans living in the Guatemalan mountains. The Mayans otherwise cook in their modest dwellings using wood burning fires on the floor without adequate ventilation — resulting in serious respiratory issues. Mr. Kelling is hopeful there will be a future opportunity for HWC to undertake its own stove mission to Guatemala.  

 

JINOTEGA, NICARAGUA — MEDICAL MISSION

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Working with AVODEC, Esperança’s host country partner, HWC assembled a pediatric surgery team from Baylor Scott & White Hospital that travelled to Jinotega, Nicaragua, providing consultation and surgery services to the San Rafael Community Clinic. Dr. Custer and Dr. Mattix completed 37 pediatric consultations, and performed 25 successful surgeries. “The medical trip was a great display of ongoing collaboration between Esperança and HWC, every year the trip gets better. Volunteering is a heart-warming experience,” Dr. Custer reported. The medical team is expecting to return in June 2017.

 

JINOTEGA, NICARAGUA — WATER PROJECT

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In June, HWC kicked off it’s clean water focus with two graduate student volunteers facilitating focus groups and completing household surveys to address clean water issues in several rural Jinotega communities. The volunteers also performed, analyzed, and evaluated the quality of water samples from the participating communities. The ultimate goal is to improve water quality and reduce the dangers of water-borne illness. HWC will continue this endeavor in 2017 by completing an in-depth needs assessment of the communities targeted, and by recruiting more volunteer participation by 2018.  

I am so grateful for the experience and even more grateful that the work we've done is already having
an impact. I am beyond humbled.”

Anna Ortiz , Graduate Student Volunteer