Representative Sharice Davids (KS03) toured the HHI Global Headquarters on Friday, May 3, 2019. HHI staff gave her an organizational history overview, including its beginnings in 1992 as an initial airlift to Moscow to provide medications for the empty shelves of the hospitals and orphanages – through its iteration as a nonprofit primarily focused on airlifts, delivering aid to many China, Vietnam, and many of the former Soviet republics – through its many disaster responses, including three simultaneous hurricanes in 2017 (Harvey, Irma and Maria) and the latest responses to Hurricanes Florence and Michael and to Cyclone Idai in Mozambique.
As Vice President of Operations Dan Neal explained how the millions of dollars of donated pharmaceuticals and medical supplies are processed and shipped out to clinics and organizations around the world through our warehouse, he emphasized HHI’s reliance on volunteers and the importance of those volunteers to the entire mission of HHI.
In the kit-building event space of PowrServ, Brian Sink described to Davids the necessity of hygiene kits in both disaster responses and after crises or humanitarian disasters. Sink explained that PowrServ, a program of Heart to Heart International, provides team-building events for corporations and other organizations and is able to give people meaningful and fun experiences while also helping those in need by providing those hygiene kits to Heart to Heart International.
The tour concluded with a look forward to the continuing programs of HHI and with an introduction by Jim Mitchum, EVP Strategic Development at HHI and CEO of RegaloRX, to the upcoming venture of RegaloRx, which will serve as a complement to HHI and provide jobs in the KC-area as well as medications to people in need throughout the U.S.
We are grateful to Representative Davids for taking time to learn more about our organization, and we look forward to working with all our elected government officials to continue to mission of improving healthcare to people in need.
Recently, Heart to Heart traveled to the edge of the Great Plains with the University of Kansas Medical Center to operate a health fair during the annual Emancipation Celebration in the historic town of Nicodemus, Kansas.
The whole town of Nicodemus is one of those quintessential American tales of hardship and hard work, westward expansion, newly-found freedom and finding a place to call one’s own and holding onto it.
Nicodemus was settled as a planned town in 1877, 12 years after the US Civil War during the Reconstruction era, by mostly former slaves from Kentucky and Tennessee. At its peak the town boasted around 800 townsfolk. Residents had petitioned for the Union Pacific Railroad to lay tracks trough the town, but the railroad dashed those hopes, bypassed the settlement and its long slow decline began. However, Nicodemus is a National Historic Site, and is the oldest and only remaining all Black Town west of the Mississippi. A couple of dozen people still reside there.
Every year since it’s founding, the town holds an Emancipation Celebration during the last weekend of July to commemorate the end to slavery, the freedmen and women who founded the town and the town’s heritage. This is a “coming home” celebration, as many descendents from across the nation come home to visit with friends and relatives while commemorating the rich history of Nicodemus.
It’s a purely small town Americana affair with a parade and talent show, even a pancake breakfast made from wheat grown in nearby fields.
But the celebration isn’t just about history, but the future too. A healthy future. And that’s what brought Heart to Heart International out here to work in partnership with KU-MED.
During last years Celebration’s health fair, 19 medical students and 4 HHI volunteers worked out of our Mobile Medical Unit to conduct laboratory tests, health screenings and physicals for 50 people.
Every year Heart to Heart is honored to have been a part of both the past and the present of this rich historic community and to have broadened access to healthcare out on the wide open Plains.
At this year’s Compassion Gala on May 9th, Heart to Heart International will present two distinguished awards to two very deserving honorees.
Scroll down for more info on the Compassion Gala and to make your reservations!
The Power of One
The Power of One award is presented to an individual that exemplifies compassion toward the underserved and victims of crisis or disaster by significantly supporting Heart to Heart International’s mission to provide humanitarian healthcare to those in need.
As Commander of the military component of the United States response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, Major General Volesky led U.S. troops into every corner of Liberia over the course of five months to build Ebola treatment units, establish field laboratories, and to provide logistical and operational support.
2015 Power of One Award recipient:
US Army Major General Gary J. Volesky
Heart for Humanity
The Heart for Humanity award is presented to a group, organization or company that exemplifies compassion toward the underserved and victims of disaster by supporting Heart to Heart International through monetary, volunteer and gift-in-kind support.
The AAFP Foundation has worked side-by-side with HHI for more than 20 years in humanitarian initiatives, providing patient care, medical education and training, service to children, and support for disaster relief. Currently, the AAFP Foundation program, Family Medicine Cares International, brings volunteers and resources to improve the lives and health of the people of Haiti.
“By providing patient care, medical training and volunteer work in Haiti, the AAFP Foundation has worked with us to expand access to healthcare for so many. The AAFP Foundation has shown they truly have a heart for humanity” – Jim Mitchum, HHI chief executive officer.
2015 Heart for Humanity award recipient:
American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation
Saturday, May 9, 2015
THE GALLERY EVENT SPACE
Power & Light District
61 East 14th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64105
On Valentine’s Day 2015, about 1,400 people pitched in to build 10,000 Heart to Heart Care Kits over the course of six hours using assembly line precision.
The Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas has been a strong supporter of Heart to Heart International’s programs, especially in Haiti, and during its Share Your Heart event on Valentine’s Day, took on a massive one-time Care Kit build. Not only did they build 10K kits, the church community donated all of the materials to make them!
Scroll to see pictures and see even more by visiting our Flickr album of the event.
Dr. Gary Morsch, founder of Heart to Heart International, has been named as Johnson Countian of the Year for 2014 by the Johnson County Community College Foundation based in Overland Park, Kansas.
Dr. Morsch will be honored at the Foundation’s 28th annual Some Enchanted Evening gala on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at the Overland Park (Kansas) Marriott Hotel.
“The JCCC Foundation is privileged to recognize Dr. Morsch through this award,” said Stewart Stein, JCCC Foundation president. “His significant contributions to underserved populations and nonprofit communities are truly inspiring. We look forward to celebrating his achievements at our Some Enchanted Evening gala this fall.”
“Dr. Gary Morsch and Heart to Heart International bring aid, comfort and hope to those who suffer anywhere in the world,” said Joe Sopcich, JCCC president. “His humanitarian efforts toward individual relief have global consequences. In his quest to alleviate suffering, he does what is right, and as a result, is an inspiration to those around him and beyond. It is our honor to recognize him as the 2014 Johnson Countian of the Year.”
Read more from the JCCC news release announcing Dr. Morsch as the recipient of the Johnson Countian of the Year award.
Heart to Heart International Inc. (HHI), one of America’s leading humanitarian organizations, is pleased to announce the hiring of Jim Mitchum as its new Chief Executive Officer.
A Kansas City resident, Mitchum most recently served as the President of the Americas for EUSA Pharma in Langhorne, Pennsylvania.
“It will be an honor to lead and to help grow this inspiring organization at a time when natural disasters and the need for humanitarian assistance occur so frequently,” said Mitchum.
Mitchum has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical world, having held President, CEO and other senior-level executive positions for companies in the US and internationally.
Learn more about Jim Mitchum’s executive background
“Jim rose to the top,” said Bob Lambrechts, HHI board member and search committee chair, “due to a number of factors including his pharmaceutical industry experience, his international business acumen, and a long-standing personal philosophy that matches with Heart to Heart International.”
Mitchum takes the helm at Heart to Heart International on September 2, 2014.
It’s time to lace up your running shoes for the third annual 5K Trail Run for Haiti! This cross-country style trail run raises money to support our work in Haiti. Run or walk just more than three miles and you will be making a positive impact for the people of Haiti.
The 5K Trail Run for Haiti meanders through the woods and fields of a park in southern Johnson County, KS. It’s summertime, so prepare for a warm, muggy morning run.
This 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.
The 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.
The 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.
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).
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
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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.