2015 Annual Report

Dignity Health’s Community Health International Program awards grants to projects serving low-income communities primarily in countries served by our Dignity Health sponsors. The program is funded by a budget allocation and employee donations.

Grant awards vary between $5,000 and $25,000, and the total award allocation for 2014-2015 was $100,000.

Criteria for evaluation of award proposals center on projects that:

  • Promote the health and status of women and children
  • Contribute to clean water, food, and sustainable agriculture
  • Prevent human trafficking, and offer care and rehabilitation for its victims
  • Expand education and communication within rural communities
  • Promote health care and education on the prevention of the spread of HIV, as well as offer care for victims of AIDS

During 2015, Dignity Health awarded five Community Health International Program grants. These went to the following countries and their sponsoring organizations, and the projects they implemented:

Dominican Republic & Haiti: Project C.U.R.E.

Shipped customized medical supplies to Placer Bonito – a medically underserved area hit hard by natural disasters and structural poverty.Prompted matching grant by the Major League Ball Players Association for similar shipment to Haiti.

South Sudan: Mercy Beyond Borders

Provided a Registered Nurse to reside on location at the St. Bakhita Girls Primary School in Narus, South Sudan for one year in order to care for the medical needs and health education of 600 school children.

Tanzania: Sisters of St. Francis

Increased a sustainable supply of fresh water by installing storage tanks to filter rainwater in the Lake Region of Tanzania. Project to occur in a second village following last year’s completed demonstration project.

Romania: Not For Sale

Provided safety, stability and long-term restoration to survivors (mostly youth) of human trafficking in Romania – primarily though formal education programs, life skills training, and job placement in the local community.

Central America, Asia & Afghanistan Capacitar International: Dominican Sisters

Delivered trauma healing and transformation education program to 1,125 people living in poverty, violence, and natural disaster-plagued areas. Taught simple, holistic wellness techniques to use in their own lives and positively impact family and community by sharing with others.

In FY 2016, the Community Health International Program will be:

  • Identifying additional funds
  • Working with U.S.-based organizations to distribute medical supplies and equipment to underserved countries abroad
  • Expanding its partnerships with organizations addressing the social determinants of health in underdeveloped countries; and
  • Developing an internship program for international graduate students