2018 ANNUAL REPORT

The goal of the Dignity Health Community Health International Program (CHIP) grants is to support Dignity Health’s mission and values through programs located outside the United States, especially in areas served by the Sponsors and special projects where Dignity Health staff or physicians are directly involved through a long-term partnership. 

The program is funded by a budget allocation and employee donations.  Grant awards vary between $1,000 and $25,000, and the total award allocation for 2018-19 was $100,000.

Criteria for evaluation of award proposals center on those projects that:

  • Improve the health status of underserved populations in areas of the world with the poorest health outcomes
  • Prevent human trafficking by addressing the direct causes and focusing on communities with high rates of trafficking
  • Safeguard the environment when linked to the health status and well-being of poor communities

During 2018, Dignity Health awarded five CHIP grants. These went to the following countries and the projects they implemented:

Uganda: Dominican Sisters of San Rafael

Funding to build the St Joseph Parish Health Center, a compact three-room building in the village of Bbanda in Uganda to serve a population of 10,000 on a sliding scale.

Cameroon-Arizona Partnership: Dignity Health OB/GYN Physicians

The Cameroon Arizona Partnership (CAP) is a long-term partnership between Cameroonian and Arizona-based institutions that began in 2014. The CAP’s vision is to eliminate preventable maternal and early neonatal mortality by training and retaining skilled obstetricians in Cameroon.  The grant funding brings more American faculty to Cameroon to develop capacity by developing an OB/GYN residency training program in country.

Peru: Sisters of Mercy of the Americas

In the area of Chulucanas, Peru the northern department of Piura was devastated by three and one half months of daily torrential rains. Grant funding will support an integral recovery program including nutritious meal with donated commodities. A basic clinic operation will be expanded to take in an enormous population who need basic physical care to fight infections, and very importantly, both spiritual and psychological counseling.

Phillipines: Adrian Dominican Sisters

Funds support a temporary supplemental feeding program for the indigenous Aeta people, whose land has been taken from them for development. The program will have a special focus to support the health of the lactating mothers and children under 6-years of age.

Guyana: Sisters of Mercy

The Sisters of Mercy are able, through the Mobile Clinic, to offer charitable health services to the many persons who cannot afford health care, especially women and children. Free medical care, medications, educational programs (drug counseling), and moral support for residents in five of the poorest areas of the city is provided. 

 

In 2019 the Community Health International Program will continue to identify additional funds, work with U.S.-based organizations to distribute medical supplies and equipment to underserved countries experiencing pandemics and natural disasters, expand it partnerships with organizations addressing the social determinants of health in underdeveloped countries, and contribute technical assistance to our partners working to improve the health of underserved populations in impoverished areas of the world.