Friday, September 27, 2013

Fifteen years ago, Community Volunteers in Medicine was created with the intention of providing healthcare to community members living in poverty and without insurance while providing relief to overwhelmed hospital emergency rooms that were often being used to treat non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries.  This mission, which emphasizes the importance of volunteers in realizing its goals, is shared by dozens of Volunteer in Medicine clinics around the country and, it seems, around the world.

In the beginning of September, Gaby Aguilar, Director of the Manos Amigas Clinic in La Entrada de Copan, Honduras visited CVIM, meeting with and learning from each of CVIM’s departmental coordinators.  Manos Amigas Clinic in combination with nonprofit organization Serving at the Crossroads aims to “gather the resources necessary to build, equip and sustain a modern healthcare clinic for impoverished patients and their families”.  Clearly these organizations share with CVIM a deep passion for helping their neighbors in need.  CVIM Vice President of Dental Affairs Dr. Pete Thompson even serves on the Board of Directors for Serving at the Crossroads.

CVIM was thrilled to have the opportunity to share best practices and creative ideas with Gaby.  To learn more about the Manos Amigas Clinic, visit www.servingatthecrossroads.org.