Our UMass Medical School DR BHI Mission Statement:
Building on UMass Medical School’s mission: “To advance the health and well-being of the people of the commonwealth and the world...” the UMass Medical School Dominican Republic Batey Health Initiative (DR BHI) aims to partner with local organizations and community members to improve the health of La Romana batey residents through community centered care and health initiatives."
The DR BHI is sponsored by UMass Medical School with the participation of volunteer medical, graduate nursing, and graduate biomedical science students and UMass faculty based on our campus and in our broader community of healthcare preceptors.
The DR BHI collaborates with local partners and organizations in La Romana, DR. including the Good Samaritan Mission Hospital and the Light a Candle Foundation. Through these partnerships, DR BHI serves four ‘adopted’ batey communities in the rural La Romana region that are home to Haitian and Haitian-Dominican migrant sugar cane workers and their families. The DR BHI teams serve these vulnerable populations on the bateys, where there is limited access to healthcare, public health, education and basic amenities like running water, sanitation and electricity.
Your donation to the UMass Medical School DR BHI will help support:
• Local training and day-to-day work of our dedicated community health promoters who serve as the essential bridge between the four bateys and the local health care system to ensure access to medical care for all batey residents.
• Healthcare screening, disease prevention, and health education programs through non-profit groups working in the bateys year-round. Ongoing programs include hypertension management in partnership with Fundación Enciende una Luz (Light a Candle Foundation).
• Coordination of care and assistance for the most ill and vulnerable batey patients through the services provided by the UMass BHI DR teams on-the-ground. Common conditions include acute emergencies, chronic illnesses such as hypertension, infectious diseases, and malnutrition and the special needs of frail elders, pregnant women and infants.
• Expanded student participation in trips to the DR, by supporting trip costs such as ground transpiration, accommodations and local interpreters from the Good Sam. Reductions in trip costs make the DR BHI more affordable for students and expand access to this unique global health program for more students.
All our work is done in close collaboration with our local partners in La Romana with a focus on health care education, sustainable resource development, health promotion and disease prevention. Each dollar of your donation will directly benefit the local batey communities and their residents that we serve.
Thank you for your generous support! If you have questions or would like to learn more about the UMass DR BHI program, please contact the person who referred you to this site or email@example.com.