Get Your HHI Fall Newsletter Here!

newsletter 2013 imageHeart to Heart International’s Fall 2013 Newsletter is
now available for download as a PDF.

To access the 2013 Fall Newsletter, simply click one of the images in this email to download a PDF of the newsletter, or click here.

This version is designed to be easily read and viewed on your computer or mobile device. (mobile users: this is best viewed using a PDF viewer like the free Adobe Reader app). This format is also perfect for sharing with others!

newsletter image verticalThe content of this online version is the same as our printed version… But there’s more!
Look for ‘clickable’ links and images throughout to learn and see more of what HHI is doing.  In this edition you’ll learn:

  • Why Sustainability is so important to us and the people we serve
  • How HHI is addressing water and sanitation issues in the fight against cholera in Haiti
  • The amount of aid delivered around the USA & the World in the first half of 2013
  • How corporate donors help us create a Ripple Effect in safety-net clinics
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • How You Can Help in 4 Easy Ways!

Thank you for taking the time to read about the latest with Heart to Heart International…
…and Thank You for your continued support!

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).

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HHI Presented with INMED Humanitarian Crisis Award

INMED_AWARD_1Recently, Heart to Heart International was awarded by the Institute of International Medicine with the 2013 Humanitarian Crisis Award, for our dedication to disaster response and continuing efforts in Haiti.  We’re very honored to be recognized with this.

The Institute of International Medicine, INMED, is a Kansas City, Missouri based non-profit organization that equips healthcare professionals and students and provides courses, curriculum, and training experiences for those who wish to serve in global health and cross-cultural contexts.

From INMED: The INMED Humanitarian Crisis Award recognizes organizations that provide exemplary disaster response services for highly vulnerable communities. In doing so, such organizations highlight the value of life and provide an exemplary model for us all.

 

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
Trail Run Facebook
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!

“Moore”-Hattans take Kansas City

The US Bartender’s Guild Kansas City and the Dark Horse Distillery of Lenexa, Kansas have come up with a great idea to raise funds for Heart to Heart International’s Disaster Response Fund and the work we’ve done for the people of Moore, Oklahoma.

They created a ‘new’ drink they’re calling the “Moore”-Hattan.

For an $8 donation a patron gets a hand-crafted “Moore”-Hattan at select Kansas City Metro drinking establishments. The fundraising promotion runs until June 14th.

“Moore”-Hattans are found at these fine locations:

“Rock for Relief” to Benefit Disaster Fund; Moore, Oklahoma

Rock for Relief art

Come Monday, June 3rd, the Power & Light District in downtown Kansas City, Missouri is going to Rock for Relief!

Seven bands are coming together to put on a benefit concert to raise money for Heart to Heart International’s Disaster Relief Fund, in order to fund our on-going relief efforts in Moore, Oklahoma and to prepare to respond to future disasters.

The benefit is the brainchild of a group called MidCoast Cares.  “MidCoast Cares was created by an army of do-gooders to help with relief for Joplin tornado victims in 2011,” said Sondra Freeman, director of promotions for Midwest Music Foundation and owner at Sistrum Enterprises. “The benefit for Moore happens exactly two years and two days after the Joplin benefit took place at Crosstown Station, at which we raised more than $10,000 for Heart to Heart International. We hope to raise that, and much more, at this year’s event.”

We’re very excited about this concert!  Here’s more info, and the bands that will play Monday night…

Bands:
The Beautiful Bodies
Six Percent
Antennas Up
Not a Planet
She’s a Keeper
Cover Me Badd

Doors open at 6pm

Tickets are available at the door for a $10 donation.
A $20 donation at the door gets attendees a VIP pass that includes two drink tickets and access to a VIP lounge area. The first 75 VIP entrants receive a limited edition commemorative t-shirt.

Silent auction and raffles items include season passes to Cricket Wireless Amphitheater, tickets to upcoming concerts such as The Postal Service and Kenny Chesney, passes to the Kansas City Zoo, T-Bones tickets, local gifts cards and much more.
For more details on the concert, silent auction and raffle items, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/209160945899771/?notif_t=plan_user_invited

Moore, OK Boy Seeks Aid from Heart to Heart

Moore KMBC The ABC affiliate from Kansas City, KMBC-TV, is in Moore, Oklahoma, just one of the many news operations in the city covering the tornado disaster, the aftermath and the clean-up.  One of their news crews captured a wonderful story of survival, about a boy who was trapped in his school by the EF-5 tornado.

His father brought him to get medical treatment on the Heart to Heart Mobile Medical Unit, which is set up in middle of the relief operations.  As Heart to Heart volunteers treated the boy, KMBC documented his story onboard the MMU.  Here’s the video, the story starts about 1:00 in:

 

 

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.

The Experience in Photos

A month and a half ago Heart to Heart celebrated its 20th Anniversary in awesome fashion with “The Experience”.
Two days later we mobilized to respond to Hurricane Sandy, and as always the case around here, we’ve been very busy with that and everything else that goes on at HHI.
The point? The photos from that wonderful night in late October haven’t been released.  Until now…

We’ve uploaded the best photos – 118 pics! – from The Experience onto HHI’s Flickr page.  Meaning you can view the photos in a slideshow (best viewed with high-speed connection), or scan through them individually.  You can also download the photos that you like in varying sizes.

For those who attended the night, this will take you back and refresh your memories.  For those who couldn’t make it, these photos will give you a glimpse of the evening… a night of Experience, Engagement & Entertainment. And great food!

DW HHI

A Care Kit Christmas Story

Many companies and organizations hold Christmas and holiday parties this time of year. It’s a fun time to enjoy the season with co-workers. Here’s one example of a company doing that and quite a bit more. They turned their annual party into a Care Kit assembly party! You can too!   Find instructions for building Care Kits here. Many thanks to Docs Who Care and to Karen Garrett for the story.
DW HHI

Karen: The office personnel of Docs Who Care met for their annual Christmas party recently.  Wonderful food, games and laughter were in great supply as always!  DocsWhoCareParty7What was different this year was the opportunity to give back in a very tangible way.  We wanted to share our hearts with those in need by donating and assembling Care Kits for Heart to Heart International.  Throughout November, staff shopped, collected and donated enough items to complete 100 care kits.  It was quite a display to see toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, bars of soap, band aids, shampoo, towels and wash cloths spread out on a large table.  An assembly line was formed and the real teamwork began!

 
DocsWhoCareParty6 We definitely laughed, joked and had a lot of fun putting everything together, but we were also very touched to play even the smallest part of helping someone in need during a time in crisis. A total of 100 care kits were completed to bring hope to someone in need.
And imagine our delight as we saw those care kits heading to the Heart to Heart Global Distribution Center the very same day!
No doubt, we were all left with a much greater appreciation for the significant role Heart to Heart plays in responding to crisis situations here in the U.S. and worldwide.
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