HHI Uses “Ripple Effect” to Provide Supplies to High School Clinic

Bulldoc_Clinic_13This week, program staff with Heart to Heart International (HHI) delivered medical equipment worth more than $30,000 to a free clinic established inside a Kansas City area high school.

Bulldoc_Clinic_6The BullDoc Health Center occupies a handful of old classrooms in a corner of the historic Wyandotte High School in Kansas City, Kansas. The name is a clever play on words as Wyandotte High is the Home of the Bulldogs. The clinic operates one morning a week on Wednesdays and according to Robbie Howard, a Wyandotte High health sciences teacher, when it is open, 25 to 35 students will be seen by the volunteer medical staff.
University of Kansas medical students staff the clinic along with a rotation of KU Hospital doctors who specialize in family medicine.  Several of Howard’s students work in the clinic as well, gaining exposure to a ‘real world’ health clinic environment.

Bulldoc_Clinic_4The BullDoc Health Center is just one of a several free and safety-net clinics that Heart to Heart supports around the greater Kansas City region.  The recent delivery for BullDoc consisted of stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs and other basic items to outfit and properly run a clinic.  The equipment comes from medical equipment manufacturer Welch Allyn through its Ripple Effect program.
Ripple Effect works like this:  Medical students around the country purchase specific discounted Welch Allyn products; Welch Allyn then gives credits to HHI based on the sale;  HHI then uses those credits to acquire Welch Allyn products and deliver needed items to clinics.

ripple effect MED STUDENTS! Click the photo above to learn about Ripple Effect and enter to win a humanitarian trip with Welch Allyn & Heart to Heart International!

Click the photos below to see a slideshow of the delivery to the BullDoc Health Center at Wyandotte High School (email subscribers please visit the blog to view slideshow).


5K Trail Run for Haiti 2013

See below for registration info for the second annual 5K Trail Run for Haiti…

The second annual Trail Run for Haiti steps off in August – the hottest time of the year in the Kansas City Metro.

This 5K run/walk through the trails and woods is meant to symbolize the distance and conditions that many Haitians travel to access healthcare. Heart to Heart International, with its staff of Haitian medical professionals and American medical volunteers, is working to broaden access to quality healthcare for the numerous patients that travel these distances.

When:  Saturday, August 24, 2013, Sign-in 6:00AM ~ Race starts at 7:00AM
Where: Lone Elm Park, Olathe, Kansas (map)
Entry Fee:  $35 adults ~ $20 children 12 & under

Join our Event on Facebook
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This is a trail-type run (cross country style) and parts may be on uneven ground. Strollers (with larger sized tires) are welcome.
It will be hot, as in Haiti Hot, so please prepare
for hot and humid conditions.

Click for more info and to sign up to Run!

SPIN! Pizza Rides for Heart to Heart

The bike riding season is well underway in the Kansas City Metro!  Great weather, warm temps… perfect for getting up on two wheels and exploring!

The awesome restaurant group SPIN! Pizza is hosting numerous guided bicycle rides in multiple locations around Kansas City this summer, for riders of all skill levels.  And they’re all benefiting Heart to Heart! (ride details below).

For each rider, at each ride, SPIN! will donate $1 to Heart to Heart up to $3,500.  Hundreds of dollars have already been raised!

Roll on over to the SPIN! Pizza Biking Facebook page

The rides have already begun, but there are plenty more in the coming months to get involved.  So come on out, get a great ride in, raise money for Heart to Heart, and as they say at SPIN!:  We ride, then we eat PIZZA!

Check out the Details: Four weekly rides continue through August 31 at four of SPIN!’s Greater Kansas City locations.

Mondays at 6:15PM
-12 & 20 mile rides
-At Overland Park SPIN
-6541 W. 119th St.

Wednesdays at 6:15pm
-10 mile ride
-At Midtown KCMO SPIN!
-4950 Main St. (second tier parking lot behind SPIN!)

Thursdays at 6:15pm
-14 or 19 un-guided road rides or
-guided mountain bike ride (only for experienced riders)
-At Lenexa SPIN!
-9474 Renner Rd.

Saturday mornings at 9:15am
-16 or 20 mile ride around Longview Lake
-At Lee’s Summit SPIN!
-1808 NW Chipman Rd.