Dr. Madraswalla Climbs Mt. Washington

On March 7, for the sixth year in a row, Dr. Ayaz Madraswalla and friends will be climbing Mt. Washington, the highest peak in New England (6,150 ft. – 1,875 m.), to support Health Horizons. Please support Dr. Ayaz with a donation at https://hhidr.networkforgood.com/projects/93038-mt-washington-climb-2020

El 7 de marzo, por sexto año consecutivo, el Dr. Ayaz Madraswalla y sus amigos subirán el monte Washington, el pico más alto de Nueva Inglaterra (6,150 pies – 1,875 m.), para apoyar Horizontes de Salud. Por favor, apoye al Dr. Ayaz con una donación en https://hhidr.networkforgood.com/projects/93038-mt-washington-climb-2020

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March Newsletter

HHI’s March Newsletter is now available!  2014 so far has brought new and exciting events, like the Mojito-Extreme Festival and the upcoming Piano Night.  We welcomed several volunteers on our January Medical Service trip as well as a new staff member, Elizabeth Geier, the Director of Public Health Programs.  Click the link below to read more highlights of HHI’s accomplishments.

View the newsletter here.

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Executive Director Position Open

The Executive Director is entrusted with acting as a visionary for realizing HHI’s mission, in collaboration with the people HHI serves, the Board of Directors, and all employees, volunteers, and partners.  The position demands a passion for global health and community development, a commitment to working towards a holistic vision of health in partnership with communities, and an eagerness to contribute to the growth and success of a young non-profit organization.  The Executive Director is responsible for all programs, services, and personnel, and ensures the efficiency and effectiveness of all HHI’s operations.

Please click here to download the full position description.  The position is scheduled to begin in mid July 2014.  To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and personal statement to Dr. Craig Czarsty, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors, at [email protected].

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The following are reflections on some of the experiences trip participants had during the January medical service trip.

Sandra Marzella, MD

Once again I am shocked and amazed at what I see here. The conditions people live in are deplorable. Babies crawling around in the dirt, trash everywhere, no running water, etc. Tonight on the phone my son asked about Skylanders. How do you explained to him that not only do they not have this, but they don’t have a Wii, only few have a TV, and for some, their problem can involve where to get their next meal. It truly is living in another world. I can only imagine that they would laugh if I mentioned things such as car seats (here infants travel on laps on the back of motorcycles,) baby gates and safety locks. I am certain no one in the low income communities owns a crib with matching sheets. They all co-sleep with their infants as with many of the older children. Their homes don’t have room for much. Many have large families.

Sandra plays "Muscles" with a boy in Pancho Mateo.

The unemployment rate is 90% in the towns we have been working in. They have no options for work. However, they are very happy people. Seems kind of strange but most seem content. Most people here don’t complain of depression or anxiety. Much different from home. Also there is livestock all along the now muddy, ditch filled roads. No shock absorbers around here! Our truck has to beep to get the cows to move. There are sugar cane fields everywhere that are no longer used but people are not allowed to farm them. When I work with these people I feel very thankful for all I have. When I get back to my room, I most appreciate the running water, a/c, and electricity which we are not seeing in their communities. Can you imagine living in place with so little? This is personally rewarding and yet emotionally difficult at the same time. They need so much and yet we can only offer a small amount.

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Kimbely Tschetter, Physicians Assistant Student, QU

After a day of training, we headed out into the communities and set up clinics in churches and an empty home. Most were one-room buildings with a tin roof, no air and lots of little kids crawling through the windows. Beds sheets were strung up for makeshift exam rooms. We had a crude check-in area and triage space. I ran the lab which consisted of a small table, a window ledge or the pulpit in the church…whatever space I could find. I ran blood glucose tests, urine analysis and pregnancy tests. During the last two days, I also worked with the doctors in the exam rooms, asking patients questions through the interpreters, doing the physical exam and making a healthcare plan.

Kim, with Board Doctors Brad and Craig in the clinic.

The main chronic care conditions were high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma and epilepsy. HHI serves four communities in the northern part of the DR. A few years ago, the sugar refinery shut down suddenly, which has led to very high unemployment in the area.

I could not have been more impressed with HHI, the non-profit I’ve been fund raising for for the past few months. They squeeze every penny out of ever dollar that is donated. The American staff, all of whom are accomplished professionals with master’s degrees in different areas of healthcare, live without hot water or reliable electricity. Theirs is truly a labor of love.

One of the highlights of the trip was getting to know my classmates better, away from the pressures of school. There was zero complaining the entire week, everyone worked extremely hard and I was so proud to be a part of this team. In four days, we saw 423 patients. I look forward to working with HHI during future volunteer clinics in the DR once I am a licensed physician assistant.

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Brad Wilkinson, MD, Vice Chair, HHI Board of Directors

Brad and Sandra evaluate a sick infant Pancho Mateo.

This January’s Operativo was the best of the eight times I have been to the DR. It is enormously rewarding to see the Chronic Care program finding its legs and actually having a positive effect on many many patients. To share in the teamwork of the Cooperadores and the International Program Team members, the enthusiasm and dedication of the QU and Tufts students, the compassion and skill of the physicians is truly a moving experience. And that doesn’t even touch the most wonderful feature of all– the privilege of helping to take care of hundreds of lovely people suffering under the burden of an inadequate, expensive, distant, and episodic health system. I would go back tomorrow if I could.

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On the move

Over the last few weeks, Angi and I finally set aside time to travel to La Romana and Santo Domingo, trips we had been saying we needed to schedule since October.  Our “business trips” involve hauling on our backpacks, spending hours on a variety of buses – from the overly air-conditioned coach buses that run between major cities, to rickety gua-guas blasting bachata music from the radio – finding the cheapest hotel with clean-looking sheets, and finally networking, learning, and exploring potential collaboration with major health organizations around the country.  With our trusty Lonely Planet guide, we also try to hit the must-see spots – we are, after all, on a Caribbean island.

"Trains in movement" outside the sugar cane refinery.

La Romana is in the southeast province of the country, and is home to a still-functioning sugar cane factory, the Central Romana Corporation.  This makes for an interesting comparison to Montellano, where the sugar cane factory’s closing eight years ago has left a near-complete vacuum of employment for the thousands of people in the surrounding communities and bateyes. Walking through the bustling city, entering the vast complex of Central Romana, seeing the long trains bringing harvested cane from the fields into the refinery, and visiting Batey 203 several miles out in the sugar cane fields, I could imagine what the Montellano area perhaps used to be like.

Hospital Buen Samaritano (Good Samaritan Hospital) and Fundación MIR (International Rescue Mission) are two highly respected organizations working to serve the marginalized populations in and around La Romana – and often times, patients from as far away as Puerto Plata.  From Buen Samaritano’s community health worker program and international medical service trips integrated with the hospital and with public health projects, to MIR’s partnerships with the Ministry of Public Health and focus on medical education, we had plenty to discuss and learn.

Angi in Batey 203, playing mancala before the community meeting

We also discovered, much to the amusement of Daniel and Benjamin on the way to Batey 203 to sit in on a community meeting about a water filtration project, an amazingly delicious fruit (pastry that grows on a tree?) called a níspero.   Wow.

In Santo Domingo – the chaotic & peaceful, historic & modern, authentic & touristy, cultural and political capital of the República Dominicana – we visited MOSCTHA (Socio-Cultural Movement of Haitian Workers) and MUDHA (Dominico-Haitian Women’s Movement).  Both organizations have been powerful forces in the fields of health, education, human rights, and documentation for Haitians for more than two decades.  Our meeting with Dr. Joseph Cherubin, the founder and Executive Director of MOSCTHA, and his son Edison, the President of the organization States-side, was one I will not easily forget.  Dr. Cherubin managed to answer phones with one hand, sign off on paperwork with the other, and still give us his undivided attention and advice on how HHI could have the deepest impact possible.  The hum of energy, ideas, passion, and activity permeated the whole building, and was reflected in each of the many staff members we got to speak with.

Calle el Conde in Santo Domingo

More than ever, I feel grateful for the value of mentorship and guidance.  It is inspiring to see how these organizations have grown and deepened their impact over the years. The directors and other busy staff members of all these organizations have been extremely generous to take the time to talk with Angi and me. Their advice, grounded in the lived experience of starting an organization in the Dominican Republic, is extremely valuable and practical. It’s motivating to see the creativity and perseverance of effective organizations, and to be treated like we actually have some spark of potential for realizing the vision we have set for our organization.   Being told openly that something won’t work is also sometimes exactly what we need to hear in order to jump-start our brainstorming and planning.

Now, after several intense days of visioning, Angi and I have incorporated all that we’ve learned and experienced these past eight months into basically a ten-year action plan for our organization.  A long ways to go… but how exciting to be part of the journey.

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Holiday Spirit

It is a bit difficult to get into the holiday spirit in the Caribbean.  This time of year, I am used to snowy climes, cloying Christmas music, and massive amounts of sugar cookies.  However, in the Dominican Republic, December temperatures hover in the mid-70s, the only background music is ever-present merengue, and typical Christmas fare consists of apples and grapes (neither of which is ever frosted to look like a snowman, much to my dismay).  But perhaps the most difficult thing about being in the Caribbean at this time of year is being far away from family – surely the most essential ingredient for a happy holiday.

A nativity scene set up in the central park of Montellano.

On a recent warm and sunny morning, I swallowed all that Christmas sulk and climbed onto a moto to go check up on some patients.  Estela, our community health worker from Negro Melo, had told me of an infant with a white scaly rash, and one of our hypertension patients was running low on her medications.  After a 45-minute moto ride filled with mud and mosquitoes, I arrived at Estela’s door to see a warm bowl of beans and rice waiting for me on her table.  I laughingly admonished her; she always has a warm bowl of beans and rice waiting for me, and feeding me is definitely not part of her job description.  She batted away my protestations, telling me I was far too flaca (skinny) when I first arrived in this country, but now I’m looking a bit more fuerte (strong) and she feels personally responsible for that change.

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Meg, Estela and Estela's youngest daughter

After my second lunch of the day, Estela and I headed over to Blanca’s house to check on her baby.  As I spoke to Blanca, neighbors and community members slowly started filtering in, as is the norm.  First came Maria, who has called Estela her doctora and me her cardióloga ever since the blood pressure meds we give her started working; after myriad attempts to inform Maria of our correct titles, I’ve finally given up and now just accept her nicknames.  She plopped down at the kitchen table and brought out her medication bottles for a refill.

Then Rosario stopped by.  A lifelong epileptic, Rosario used to suffer two seizures daily, and she wears the resulting scars externally: one of her eyes is permanently diverted to the right, and the last time I saw her, one side of her body was completely covered in bruises and scrapes from a recent seizure.  Anticonvulsants are hard to come by in this country, as well as expensive, so Rosario’s seizure control had been sporadic at best.  But last month, HHI started supplying Rosario with daily antiseizure meds, and Rosario was here today to declare their efficacy.  She hugged me immediately upon entering Blanca’s kitchen.

¡Esos medicamentos me dio son buenos!  Ahora puedo fregar los platos, y tomar café con mi esposo – ¡soy fuerte!”  Those medicines you gave me are good!  Now I can wash the dishes, and drink coffee with my husband — I’m strong!”  I smiled, but the room immediately erupted in laughter.  I sat, thoroughly confused by everyone’s delight in Rosario’s increase in coffee consumption, until Estela bashfully explained that “drinking coffee” has two meanings in the Dominican Republic.  A light bulb went off above my head, and once I finally got the joke, everyone burst into hysterics all over again.

Giggles all around in Pancho Mateo

Eventually I took my leave from Blanca’s warm and joyful kitchen, and on the way home I thought about my afternoon.  I thought of Estela, always trying to feed me yet another bowl of beans and rice; I thought of Maria and all her nicknames; I thought of Rosario and her indomitable spirit; and I thought of  the multitude of laughing children, always eager to hug my waist and braid my strange straight hair.  Somehow along the way, despite my skin color and my continuous mangling of the Spanish language, I managed to form a little family here.  They may have never seen snow, and they may prefer apples and grapes to sugar cookies, but we can still share stories, and meals, and jokes.  We can still learn from each other and laugh with each other.  And right there on the moto, amid all the mud and mosquitoes, a wave of holiday spirit washed over me.

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Erica Gugliotti Presents Donation to HHI

Erica presenting the check to Dr. Czarsty.

Erica presenting the check to Dr. Czarsty.

Eight-year-old Erica Gugliotti presents a $50 check to HHI Board Chair Dr. Craig Czarsty. The daughter of one of Dr. Czarsty’s patients, Melanie Gugliotti, Erica learned about HHI’s work in the Dominican Republic and decided she wanted to help the people we serve. She collected bottles and cans until the deposits added up to $50. Thank you, Erica, for your kind heart and thoughtful donation!

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COVID-19 Relief for Vulnerable Communities

The emergence of this new strain of coronavirus has made it clear that, despite scientific advances and the implementation of sophisticated sanitation systems, the gap in inaccessibility to health for vulnerable populations has widened dramatically; always placing women, children, the elderly and others of lower socioeconomic status at a disadvantage.

HHI serves communities whose total population is near 20,000 people, who nearly all face multiple challenges: lack of access to quality medical care, shortage of public health services such as drinking water and public sanitation, institutionalized discrimination against the Haitian minority, and a changing health profile that increases the burden of chronic diseases in the most disadvantaged people.  Many people suffer from chronic, untreated diseases because they cannot afford transportation to a doctor, whose capacity may already be limited by an overburdened healthcare system.

We are committed to providing relief to the communities we serve during this challenging time, but we need your help.  Although the gap in access to health for people facing social, economic, and political disparities is wider due to this pandemic, people like you who support our work help us serve as a bridge for the people who need it most. We cannot compensate for the difficulties this global pandemic has created for non-profit organizations like ours whose work is more crucial now than ever, but knowing that we have the support of people like you assures us that we are not alone.

Click here to donate now: https://hhidr.networkforgood.com/projects/96957-covid-19-relief-for-vulnerable-communities

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A Message from the Incoming President

From left: Dr. Craig Czarsty, President Emeritus; Laura McNulty, outgoing President and Chair; Romiya Barry, Incoming President and Chair

In 2009, Health Horizons International was formally established as a civil society health care organization with three initial goals for its work in the Dominican Republic: Develop a Community Health Workers (CHW) program, meet existing health care needs through Medical Service Trips (MST) supported by on-the-ground systems, and establish a local infrastructure for a sustained in-country presence. Dr. Angi Kang and Ms. Laura McNulty wrote in their first blog post about bringing “Medicine and Beyond” to HHI, “…we anticipate that the next ten months will lead us down many unexpected paths.” Their words not only foreshadowed their first ten months, but also the first ten years. Many changes and transitions have occurred since that original, small, passionate board brought together a dedicated on-the-ground team with a strong emotional commitment and dedication to the mission.

What is notable about HHI is how through its life stages, the organization has been adaptable to the needs of patients and partners in the community, thereby establishing programming that is relevant and impactful. Examples of this are the first-of-their-kind cooperadores de salud  and Saño y Feliz programs in the Dominican Republic developed by HHI. They laid the foundation for a World Diabetes Foundation funded program through which a capacity building model and various training materials were developed and implemented. Through partnerships and collaborations, HHI has brought these innovations to a scale of work aligned with the national noncommunicable disease strategy of the Dominican Ministry of Health. Our work adds to the growing body of global evidence that integration of CHW programs into health systems and communities is an effective policy option that strengthens their program performance and furthers global goal of primary care access for all. And with the newly launched guideline on health policy and system support to optimize community health worker programs from the World Health Organization, we now have a framework by which we can assess one of our core programs to the standards of global leaders. In the past 10 years, the mission and vision of HHI was revised and refined, and the organization went through many transitions. When necessary, HHI adapted, but the purpose remained relevant – to implement programming that empowers underserved communities of the Dominican Republic to promote health and well-being and access to quality primary care.

HHI staff located in the Dominican Republic

This year brings another transition as we reluctantly say farewell to Ms. Laura McNulty. Working alongside our mission-driven staff and Board of Directors, Laura has had a tremendous impact on HHI and our partner communities. As a founding member, her energy for the dream has been infectious and a guiding light. We on the Board and her colleagues in HHI truly will miss her inspiration and her friendship, and eagerly await opportunities to welcome her “home” again. Personally, I sincerely hope she takes with her departure a sense of accomplishment for all that she has achieved during her tenure.

Despite the change in leadership, our Board of Directors is still committed to the four big priorities that were outlined in June 2018. We have rededicated ourselves to the work and mission of HHI for both the short term and the long term, and to making the board a philanthropic priority as the first step in our campaign to ensure organization longevity. In continuing the legacy of strong, strategic leadership, my personal mission is to guide HHI to remain adaptable, relevant, and impactful to the needs of the communities with whom we engage through active listening and building and sustaining authentic relationships as we pursue these priorities.

At the same time, we are at the life stage of a nonprofit where we must shift from rapid growth to maturation. With much gratitude to the volunteers and donors who have invested in the HHI mission over the past 10 years, we have arrived at a place where we no longer ask ourselves “how can we build this to be viable” but instead we now turn to ask, “how can we ensure sustainability?” Margaret Mead is well-known for saying, “never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” She must have had in mind the small group of thoughtful, committed donors and volunteers who have generously given time, funding, services, and resources to build HHI into a viable organization. We have done our best to communicate to you our successes, failures, and challenges, as well as our gratitude. As we move forward into maturation, we will continue to communicate these aspects to our foundational investors. But, this year I also aim to open the avenues of communication with the goal to learn how we can better support you in your giving so that we build a foundation that promotes sustainability. What more do you, as investors, want to learn about HHI, the staff in the Dominican Republic, or our partner communities? How can we best show ourselves as an organization you are proud to advocate for to your family, friends, and colleagues? What stories about the organization are left untold? There is tremendous value in the lessons we have learned in the past 10 years and we continue to look to our supporters to help in disseminating this knowledge.

I step into the role of President and Chair of the Board of Directors of Health Horizons International eager to support our staff during this transformative period; and ready to move the organization forward with the urgency needed to capitalize on the opportunities being presented to us. I anticipate knowing each of you better along this next phase of our journey.



Romiya Glover Barry

President and Chair of the Board of Directors of Health Horizons International



Desde la izquierda: Dr. Craig Czarsty, Presidente Emeritus; Laura McNulty, dejando Presidenta; Romiya Barry, entrante Presidenta

En 2009, Horizontes de Salud se estableció formalmente como una organización de atención de salud de la sociedad civil con tres objetivos iniciales por su trabajo en la República Dominicana: desarrollar un programa de cooperadores de salud (CHW); satisfacer las necesidades de atención médica existentes a través de operativos médicos (MST) apoyados por sistemas sobre el terreno; y establecer una infraestructura local para una presencia sostenida en el país. La Dra. Angi Kang y Sra. Laura McNulty escribieron en su primera publicación en el blog acerca de llevar “Medicina y más allá” a Horizontes de Salud, “…anticipamos que los próximos diez meses nos llevarán por muchos caminos inesperados.” Sus palabras no sólo presagiaron de sus primeros diez meses, sino también los primeros diez años. Muchos cambios y transiciones han ocurrido desde que la Junta Directiva original, pequeña y apasionada, reunió a un equipo dedicado en el terreno con un fuerte compromiso emocional y dedicación a la misión.

Lo notable de Horizontes de Salud es cómo a través de sus etapas de vida, la organización se ha adaptado a las necesidades de los pacientes y socios en la comunidad, de tal modo estableciendo una programación pertinente e impactante. Ejemplos de esto son los programas primeros-de-su-clase en la República Dominicana, el programa de cooperadores de salud y Saño y Feliz desarrollados por Horizontes de Salud. Establecieron la fundación para un programa financiado por la Fundación Mundial de Diabetes a través del cual se desarrollaron e implementaron un modelo de creación de capacidad y diversos materiales de capacitación. A través de alianzas y colaboraciones, Horizontes de Salud ha llevado estas innovaciones a una escala de trabajo alineada con la estrategia nacional de enfermedades no transmisibles del Ministerio de Salud de la República Dominicana. Nuestro trabajo contribuye al creciente cuerpo de evidencia global de que la integración de programas de promotores de salud en los sistemas de salud y las comunidades es una opción de política eficaz que fortalece el rendimiento de sus programas y promueve el objetivo global de acceso a la atención primaria para todos. Y con la guía recientemente lanzada sobre la política de salud y el apoyo al sistema para optimizar los programas de promotores de salud de la Organización Mundial de la Salud, ahora tenemos un marco mediante el cual podemos evaluar uno de nuestros programas principales de acuerdo con las normas y estándares de líderes mundiales. En los últimos 10 años, la misión y la visión de Horizontes de Salud fueron revisadas y refinadas, y la organización pasó por muchas transiciones. Cuando fue necesario, Horizontes de Salud se adaptó, pero el propósito siguió siendo relevante –implementar una programación que permita a las comunidades marginadas de la República Dominicana promover la salud y el bienestar y el acceso a la atención primaria de calidad.

Este año trae otra transición ya que lamentablemente nos despedimos de la Sra. Laura McNulty. Trabajando junto con el personal y la Junta Directiva impulsados por la misión, Laura ha tenido un impacto tremendo en Horizontes de Salud y en nuestras comunidades asociadas. Como fundadora, su energía para el sueño ha sido contagiosa y una luz de guía. Nosotros en la Junta y sus colegas en Horizontes de Salud realmente extrañaremos su inspiración y su amistad, y esperamos ansiosamente la oportunidad de darle la bienvenida a su “hogar” nuevamente. Personalmente, espero sinceramente que se elle tome con su partida un sentido de éxito por todo lo que ha logrado durante su mandato.

HHI empleados en la Republica Dominicana

A pesar del cambio en liderazgo, nuestra Junta Directiva sigue comprometida con las cuatro grandes prioridades que se delinearon en junio de 2018. Nos rededicamos al trabajo y a la misión de Horizontes de Salud tanto a corto plazo como a largo plazo, y para hacer a la Junta una prioridad filantrópica como el primer paso en nuestra campaña para garantizar la longevidad de la organización. Al continuar con el legado de un liderazgo fuerte y estratégico, mi misión personal es guiar a Horizontes de Salud para que siga siendo adaptable, relevante e impactante a las necesidades de la comunidades con las que nos involucramos a través de la escucha activa y la construcción y el sostenimiento de relaciones auténticas mientras que perseguimos estas prioridades.

Al mismo tiempo, estamos en la etapa de la vida de una organización sin fines de lucro en la que debemos pasar de una mentalidad de crecimiento a una de maduración. Con mucha gratitud a los voluntarios y donantes que han invertido en la misión de Horizontes de Salud en los últimos 10 años, hemos llegado a un lugar donde ya no nos preguntamos “¿Cómo podemos hacer que esto sea viable?” sino que en su lugar ahora nos dirigimos a preguntar “¿Cómo podemos garantizar la sostenibilidad?” Margaret Mead es bien conocida por decir: “Nunca dude que un pequeño grupo de ciudadanos reflexivos y comprometidos pueden cambiar el mundo; de hecho, es la única cosa que lo ha hecho.” Ella debe haber tenido en mente al pequeño grupo de donantes y voluntarios reflexivos y comprometidos que generosamente han brindado tiempo, fondos, servicios y recursos para convertir a Horizontes de Salud en una organización viable. Hemos hecho todo lo posible para comunicarnos con ustedes nuestros éxitos, fracasos y desafíos, así como nuestra gratitud. A medida que avanzamos hacia la maduración, continuaremos comunicando estos aspectos a nuestros inversionistas fundacionales. Pero, este año también apunto a abrir las vías de comunicación con el objetivo de aprender cómo podemos apoyarles a ustedes mejor en su actividad como donantes, para que podamos construir una base que promueve la sostenibilidad. ¿Qué más quieren ustedes, como inversionistas, aprender sobre Horizontes de Salud, el personal de la República Dominicana, o nuestras comunidades asociadas? ¿Cómo podemos mostrarnos mejor como una organización de la que usted se enorgullece de hablar con su familia, amigos y colegas? ¿Qué historias sobre la organización se quedan sin contar? Hay un tremendo valor en las lecciones que hemos aprendido en los últimos 10 años y seguimos recurriendo a nuestros partidarios para ayudar a difundir este conocimiento.

Asumo el puesto de Presidenta de la Junta Directiva de Horizontes de Salud dispuesta a apoyar a nuestro personal durante este período de transformación, y lista para hacer avanzar a la organización con la urgencia necesaria para aprovechar las oportunidades que se nos presentan. Anticipo conocer a cada uno de ustedes mejor a lo largo de esta próxima fase de nuestro viaje.


Atentos saludos,

Romiya Glover Barry

Presidenta de la Junta Directiva

Horizontes de Salud

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