Peace Care Blog

Better. Together.

September 2010 News

News Article on NPR, Worldview with Jerome McDonnell

Chicago Public Radio, National Public Radio, and Public Radio International
Global Activism: A Global Health Initiative Brings Peace Corps Volunteers, Universities and Healthcare Workers Together

Andrew Dykens (second from left), with Chris Brown (a Peace Corps Volunteer) (far left), Village Chief Danfakha near Saraya, Senegal, his son and a local physician, Dr. Youssou N’diaye (far right).

We are honored to have been highlighted on Worldview’s Global Activism series with an interview by Jerome McDonnell at Chicago Public Radio. Worldview is also broadcast on National Public Radio and Public Radio International. The interview was broadcast August 19, 2010, and you are able to stream the interview from the Chicago Public Radio Worldview website.

This was an amazing opportunity for us to reach out and inform others about our project and approach. Please pass this along to your friends, colleagues, and family and all others who may be interested in learning more about Peace Care. Please Tune in if you get a chance!

50,000 Feet

Peace Care is honored to be working with 50,000 Feet. “50,000 Feet is a creative agency helping brands and businesses soar.” Thank You, 50,000 Feet! Peace Care has been fortunate to have been offered council by this terrific organization. They will be working with us over the course of the next couple of months to improve our branding strategy and outreach. Stay tuned! Peace Care is getting a face lift!

PayPal Donation Button

You may have noticed that there is now a Donation Button on our website! We are accepting donations! Our 501c3 status is still pending but is retroactive upon approval (we don’t anticipate any problems). Therefore, in all likelihood, all donations will be tax deductible in accordance to the 501c3 status!

Please help us finance our Senegal project. The University of Illinois – Chicago Department of Family Medicine will be covering some costs for the participating resident physicians and there will be a community contribution in Saraya, Senegal in terms of local costs. However, there are many more costs associated with the project that will need to be covered. All amounts are accepted. Many thanks!

NIH RFA-OD-10-005 Grant application

I am sad to report that Peace Care was not successful in our NIH RFA-OD-10-005 Grant application.

I would, however, like to express to all involved, the sincere gratitude that we as an organization have for all who worked diligently and gave time and energy toward the submission of this application. This alone, was a significant achievement for Peace Care and we are proud and honored to have been able to pursue this grant alongside such an esteemed team.

Thank you to all who wrote, called, gave feedback, reviewed, rewrote, looked up, thought and thought, contacted, rewrote, gave more feedback, considered, and overall volunteered! You are terrific!

Our Growth Curve

Peace Care is elated to welcome to our team a few “new” members.

While Michael Swaine has been working with us for quite some time, he has taken on a new role recently. He has taken on the position of Business Manager. Michael worked diligently over the summer leading us in our Strategic Planning process. This report will be out very soon and the details will be added to the website in the very near future. Thank you to all who contributed to this effort through long Saturdays and call ins. Please stay tuned for the details. Congratulations, as well, to Michael and his wife, Stacey, proud new parents of Gabriel Charles Swaine!

Eric Markin has recently officially joined our team as our Accountant. Eric is an RPCV from Guatemala (04-06) where he worked in municipal development. Since returning, he has worked as a consultant in corporate finance. Welcome Eric! We are appreciative of the expertise that you are bringing to the table.

Marnie Sanborn has joined as our contacts manager. You will most likely all be hearing from Marnie at some point. She will be helping us coordinate our volunteers and relationships with other organizations and universities. In 2008 she received her MA in Conflict, Security and Development from King’s College London, UK. Prior to graduate school, she worked at Rotary International in the Humanitarian Grants Department as the Stewardship and Volunteer Coordinator from 2006-2007. She served as a Health, Water & Sanitation and Community Development Specialist for the United States Peace Corps in Cameroon from 2003 to 2005. She has extensive experience in travel logistics, volunteer coordination, education (working directly with infants, toddlers and school-aged children) and project design. She lives in New York, enjoys running and the outdoors.

Lincoln Sheets has joined Peace Care as our Director of IT and Communications. Lincoln Sheets is a medical student at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. He is beginning his residency in Family Medicine and beginning a PhD in Clinical Informatics. He plans to practice primary- care medicine in underserved areas, especially in the rural Ozarks where he grew up and in the even more neglected rural communities overseas; and to develop and distribute medical decision support systems to empower rural health care professionals practicing in medically underserved areas worldwide. He gained bachelor’s and master’s degrees and 20 years of experience in software engineering before medical school, and has volunteered in public advocacy and legislative lobbying in Washington, DC and Jefferson City, MO. As a student, he has joined medical missions in Africa and Latin America, and helped found a student-run free clinic in Columbia, MO. He and his wife live in Springfield, MO; and his free-time interests include the Spanish language, ham radio, martial arts, violin, mountaineering, and triathlon.

Peace Care has, as well, recently invited additional board members in an effort to complete our full membership of 15. Please stay tuned for an update on this soon.

Senegal Project

Somewhat postponed due to awaiting word on the grant and IRB process, we are nearing a launch of this project. We are still on track for our original timeline for the intervention phase (mid January to mid February) with some slight adjustments. Our start date for the community assessments will be October 1.

Our Peace Corps team in Senegal has been working hard preparing for the early phases. A Peace Corps Partnership Grant proposal has recently been submitted to assist in funding of the project at the community level. Details forthcoming on ways that you can contribute to this cause.

Peace Care Process: Systematic Review of the Literature

Peace Care has had a very exciting advancement in methodology this summer. We have benefited from the enthusiastic assistance and work of UIC medical student, Yury Parra, who, through an internship, has worked with Peace Care this summer to develop our standard approach to Literature Review. She has performed a critical evaluation of the literature surrounding cervical cancer screening in low resource settings. Her methodology is an adaptation of a Realist Synthesis model that incorporates quantitative and qualitative assessment in a manner that places an emphasis on application of evidence. This model, as more fully and completely developed, will aid Peace Care to translate existing research directly into community based projects. In addition, this will guide the reporting format of our own projects.


Global HEALTH Act Introduced!!! Request for Advocacy

Here is some very exciting news and a terrific opportunity!!!
The Global HEALTH Act has been introduced to Congress!

Sign a Petition on Change.org to include Peace Care language in this bill! So far, we have 125 signatures on this petition!

U.S. Representatives and their staff are their home districts periodically meeting with constituents like you on the issues you care about. Can you make a visit to your legislator’s office to talk about the Global HEALTH Act and Peace Care?

The Global HEALTH Act was introduced recently by Rep. Barbara Lee of California. This act is one of the most comprehensive and in-depth approaches to making sure that patients in developing countries have access to the health workers, health systems, treatments, and care they need. This is our chance to be a part of a landmark global health bill.


By signing this petition, you are making sure that key legislators are learning about Peace Care and what it does.


Reaching Out!

We are continuing to seek students and professionals with experience in nonprofit management, photo and video journalism, fundraising, business, finance, law, and project management to help us move forward with the project of Peace Care. We are recruiting individuals who can participate on Working Groups, act in a Board Leadership position, or act in an Advisory Position.
As well, we are still looking to “spread the word.” Please encourage others to join our Peace Care Facebook Page. Please join this page if you have not done so (different from the cause).

We are making a special request that you Suggest this page especially to your current and returned Peace Corps friends or those interested in Global/ International Health.

We are making great strides and are very enthusiastic about the possibilities for Peace Care!!!

Thank you much for your continued support!!!

Peace and Care,
Andrew

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