WHAT DO YOU AD TO THE WORLD?

Why was your organization created?

EN ESPAÑOL

AD+ World Health was created to address the global healthcare crisis and need for sustainable medical care in both remote regions of the world and right here in the United States. We recognized that lasting impact and real change can only be achieved through education and consistent access to healthcare. We accomplish this by partnering with the communities we work with, building infrastructure and clinics that are given to the community once completed. We stay in these regions to provide support until we are no longer needed. Self-esteem is vital to the health of a community; it is difficult for anyone to take charity. We look to elevate each community by giving it the tools it needs to succeed in health and wellness.

Everyone deserves access to healthcare and health education, to clean water and healthy food. We have the ability to care for our global family by working together, sharing resources and knowledge to uplift communities.

Summarize your current objective. What are you seeking to accomplish, and what do you need to get there?

EN ESPAÑOL

We have a global healthcare crisis. Most diseases that occur around the world are completely preventable or treatable. The issue is access to healthcare and education to prevent disease in the first place.

Our goal is to create self sufficient low cost or no cost clinics around the world providing medical, dental and vision care. By partnering with local doctors, healers and other nonprofits, we make health care education accessible. It is only through collaboration that we have been able to and will continue to reach our goals.

We need donations to maximize our resources and manpower around the world using technology. With telemedicine and digital technology, we can "virtually" see patients anywhere in the world, offer specialist advice to providers on the ground, and even view x-rays. We need satellite internet connections in remote areas with renewable sources of power to make sure the connection is consistent and reliable.

What are the leverage points that make your organization successful?

EN ESPAÑOL

Every community is unique with specific wants and needs when it comes to healthcare. AD+World Health unites with the community's developmental strategies rather than replacing them with our own. We understand we are guests in someone else's home. Our partnerships are an exchange of culture, information and technology; a two-way street where the community learns about health and where our healthcare providers and educators learn about the heart and soul of the community.

Building sustainable infrastructure in each community means that healthcare and wellness do not disappear when our team leaves. Instead, the local doctors, nurses, healers, and outreach workers continue the work.

Additionally, we are training the next generation of healthcare workers globally to see the importance of humanitarian work. We work with medical, nursing, dental, pharmacy and medical residents in multiple specialties from family medicine, pediatrics, emergency medicine, neurosurgery and more, modeling how to give back to the world.

What makes your organization effective?

EN ESPAÑOL

We don't impose our cultural values or development strategies onto the communities we work with. We ask what they need and use our expertise to fill those needs utilizing local supplies and workers whenever possible which also saves time and money.

We maximize every dollar donated by keeping our operating expenses low, partnering for low or no cost supplies, materials and medicines, and attracting in-kind services. All of our healthcare providers are unpaid volunteers. They not only donate time out of their schedules to travel to remote areas around the world, or to places right here in our own backyard but they pay their own way. Healthcare practitioners from every specialty bring their knowledge and passion to help us care for our most vulnerable and disenfranchised populations.

We are flexible, adaptable, cohesive and persistent. We welcome those with ideas and expertise to take initiative. We are passionate and care about the communities we work in. We build bonds of friendship that last beyond the work.

What are the metrics of success for your organization?

EN ESPAÑOL

We track success by looking at our outcomes. Examples include measuring the number of children vaccinated in a region and then measuring the incidence of those treatable diseases in the community for several years after. We have the ability to track the number of people served by a community or outreach clinic, allowing us to track the treatment success over time.

Success is also measured by the community itself. Do they ask us back? By maintaining an open dialog with our partners, we continue to improve and modify plans with the direction and support of the community.

What aspects of your organization are not commonly known, or are commonly misinterpreted?

EN ESPAÑOL

Because we started our efforts working in remote regions like the Himalayas, many people think we only work abroad. At AD+ World Health we focus on global care, which includes the United States. We are based in Los Angeles, California, which gives us more leverage here to make changes to healthcare accessibility than in other states. There are immense healthcare needs right here in the US and we have partnered with many other organizations locally to make real, tangible changes.

We have been asked why we don't just focus our efforts on the US. The fact is our global work actually helps us to streamline our local work, to be efficient and fiscally responsible. Additionally, we don't see the world divided by boarders. If any part of our world is suffering, we are all suffering. Thus, we strive to keep a balance between our work here in the US and abroad.
Many people think we only provide health care. We also build clinics. Lastly, we train the next generation of doctors to be active in humanitarian aid training them in indigent care.

What are some of your organization’s major accomplishments?

EN ESPAÑOL

Our first major accomplishment was the creation of the one-room clinic in Tawang, India. We partnered with Direct Relief International to bring over $89,000 worth of medical supplies to the region. Working with local and regional healthcare providers, we made sure that care continued between our trips. We brought vaccinations to the children at the Manjushree Orphanage to stop the outbreak of typhoid, measles, mumps, rubella and tuberculosis. This decreased the incidence of disease in the children and the broader community.

Back in L.A., partnering with the Care Harbor Free Clinic allowed us to provide medical care and access to follow up care, establishing a permanent medical home for patients. We have run the medical portion of the clinic, which runs 3-7 days annually, since 2008. The clinic provides free medical, dental, and vision care along with preventive health education and follow up for more than 1000 patients a day.

What are some historical challenges or vulnerabilities that your organization has faced?

EN ESPAÑOL

Our biggest challenge was starting our organization at the start of the financial crisis. Fundraising has continued to be a challenge as families and businesses had to decide how to care for their own needs first. We have been amazed by the generosity of our donors. Despite personal hardship, individuals and organizations continued to make small consistent donations to support the care of others even less fortunate than themselves. We strive to show the outcomes of our work to our donors so they know their hard earned money is making a real difference in the lives of those in need.

What would your organization do with additional resources?

EN ESPAÑOL

With additional resources AD+ World Health would expand our medical missions to other countries and build clinics, healthcare facilities and health education centers around the globe. Children are the future of our world. Education must begin with them if we hope to make real change for the future. We would like to expand to put healthcare facilities and health education centers in closer reach of our youth. By partnering with schools, after school programs and community outreach organizations we believe we can significantly multiply our impact. By serving as role models for the children we work, with we hope to inspire them to consider training in a healthcare field and to come back to care for their own communities as adults. We have already seen this impact first hand with children from the Manjushree orphanage now in college for nursing and engineering.

What are some gaps that your organization could fill that it currently does not?

EN ESPAÑOL

Here in the US, we would like to partner with more nonprofit clinic systems, hospitals and medical residency training programs to create more clinics and expand access to care for all age groups. By training the next generation for healthcare providers while they are in service, we teach them the needs of the most vulnerable populations in their community and the value of giving back.

Abroad our doctors travel to some of the most remote regions in the world. We do not stop working in these regions until a sustainable, viable, healthcare system is in place and they do not need us any longer.