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HHI has been featured in a variety of news outlets. The following selection of articles and interviews provides an inside look at HHI’s mission and history of accomplishments

Washington State University News:

Dietician promotes healthy eating in impoverished Haiti

By Steve Nakata, Administrative Services

PULLMAN, Wash. – The sunlight was all but gone as Alice Ma and other volunteers stepped out of their cars into the hot, humid air of rural Haiti. They had just flown from the United States, driven for hours deep into the countryside and now faced a two-mile hike in the dark to reach the remote mountain village of Timo.

Ma, a dietician for Washington State University Dining Services, wondered what she had gotten herself into. But her reservations quickly evaporated when she remembered all the people she could help.

“As the only dietician in our group, my role was to educate villagers on how to better their diets by eating more of certain foods, avoiding others, so they can get the best nutrition possible with the foods they have available,” she said.

NBC KOBI 5 on 5 Medford Interview with Rebecca Rampton:

Five on 5, Rebecca Rampton, Haiti Health Initiative

NBC KOBI 5 Medford:

Rogue Valley health care workers heading to Haiti

Medford, Ore. —  A group of southern Oregon doctors and nurses are heading to Haiti next week. It’s a trip that’s been planned for months through the Haiti Health Initiative. The non-profit provides free services to Haitians in rural communities. But the devastation left behind by Hurricane Matthew means their mission has changed a bit.

Rebecca Rampton and 17 other doctors, nurses, pharmacists and physical therapists will be donating their time and services to provide education and health care to Haitians in need. It’s a country the nurse practitioner is familiar with.

Southern Utah News:

Local dentists do humanitarian mission in Haiti

By Dixie Brunner

While Dr. Peter Banks, D.D.S. and Dr. Matt Kelly, D.M.D, performed a touching humanitarian mission in Haiti that helped nearly 500 patients, they stress they were the ones most benefited.

“It was so rewarding,” said Banks. “I thought I was doing it to help others, but it was my life that was changed positively.”

Moab Times-Independent:

Moab volunteers to help Haitians still affected by 2010 earthquake

by Laura Haley, Contributing Writer

On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook the country of Haiti, killing more than 200,000 people and affecting as many as 3 million. Many survivors were left to deal with a lack of supplies, improper sanitation and inadequate medical care. Haiti is still recovering from the disaster, and several Moab residents are pitching in to help.

In early April, Moab Regional Hospital nurses Tammy Tucker and Rosanne Lewis and medical technologist Debra Paxman will spend almost two weeks in a remote Haitian village, bringing supplies for the residents along with much-needed medical care.

Read more:Moab Times-Independent – Moab volunteers to help Haitians still affected by 2010 earthquake

Moab Sun News: 

Helping out in Haiti

Sharon Sullivan Moab Sun News

Imagine walking 30 miles to stand in line for hours to see a physician. Five years after a massive earthquake struck Haiti, residents of a remote Haitian village are still traveling long distances in search of medical care.

On April 8, four Moab residents will join a team of Haiti Health Initiative volunteers when they journey to rural Haiti, where they will spend a week providing much-needed medical care. After traveling four hours by bus up a steep, winding, partially paved road, the volunteers will hike another three miles to a remote village while carrying 40- to 50-pound backpacks.

Standard Examiner:

Ogden Valley residents provide humanitarian service in Haiti

Sixteen residents of Huntsville and Eden went to Haiti in October to provide humanitarian service to the community of Timo, as part of the Haiti Health Initiative (HHI), a nonprofit organization based out of Orem.

Their project was to finish a building in Timo to be used as a community center for doctors and dentists. The building will also be used for educational, cultural, and clinical purposes.

My Social Practice:

Dylan Talks About His Dental Humanitarian Trip To Haiti

By Blake, Author at My Social Practice

MOST WEEKS AT MY SOCIAL PRACTICE I have the privilege to talk on the phone with people at dental practices who are interested in marketing with social media. I speak with dentists, their spouses, their assistants, hygienists, practice managers, front desk teams, and marketing coordinators.

A couple of weeks ago I didn’t take or place a single phone call like that. This was because I was working with a dental team on a Humanitarian trip to a village called Timo in Haiti.

My Social Practice:

A Week in Haiti

By Blake, Author at My Social Practice

MOST WEEKS AT MY SOCIAL PRACTICE I have the privilege to talk on the phone with people at dental practices who are interested in marketing with social media. I speak with dentists, their spouses, their assistants, hygienists, practice managers, front desk teams, and marketing coordinators.

A couple of weeks ago I didn’t take or place a single phone call like that. This was because I was working with a dental team on a Humanitarian trip to a village called Timo in Haiti.

Standard Examiner:

Helping Haiti – high school style

By Rachel J. Trotter

OGDEN — The faces of Emily Porter and Sabrina Wood light up when the girls talk about giving service — Emily says she loves playing the violin for local senior citizens, and Sabrina has gone as far as Mexico to help install stoves.

But next week, service will take on a whole new meaning for the two Ogden High School students, as they spend more than two weeks on a service trip to Haiti.

The two girls will be accompanying their dads, Joel Porter and Tom Wood, and about 30 others as they volunteer with the Haiti Health Initiative group.

KSL.com:

  From Haiti, with love: storm sends Utah volunteers packing

By Stephanie Grimes

SALT LAKE CITY — On Wednesday night, the road more closely resembled a river, but the people of the Haitian village Timo are used to unlivable conditions.

The village, nestled at the end of a road at the bottom of a hill with cliffs on either side, is a study in the solidarity of the human spirit. The people who live there have made lives for themselves where no one in the developed world would look twice, and where even its own residents describe as “uninhabitable.”

For close to a week before the flooding, the residents of Timo, as well as those of surrounding areas, had lined up at daybreak for the chance to have dental work done by American dentists.

RECENT BLOG & UPDATES

The following selection of articles provides an inside look at HHI’s updates on recent projects and history of accomplishments.

AgwoAyiti Hog Farming Project

AgwoAyiti Hog Farming Project

WANT TO KNOW ABOUT US. Evens Robert, one of the founding members of AgwoAyiti, observed the precarious economic and environmental conditions in his home community of Fond d’OiesFrom his observations in Fond d’Oies, he realized that there was untapped potential in...

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School Progress in Timo

School Progress in Timo

WANT TO KNOW ABOUT US. The earthworks for the new Timo school are completed.This includes retaining walls, perimeter walls and fencing. We resumed talks with our engineer and architect partners at Arup (designer of Sydney Opera House) who are reviewing the...

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HAITI HEALTH INITIATIVE PARTNERS

Contact Us

For general questions, concerns, or comments, use the form below to contact a member of HHI, who will assist you.

Haiti Health Initiative aims to improve the overall health and well being of rural Haitians, one community at a time. We seek to accomplish this through providing education and services in primary health care, dental care, public health, and nutrition within each community at risk.

CONTACT INFORMATION

If you have questions about Haiti Health Initiative, contact Marc-Aurel Martial at [email protected] or at 801-830-3043.

If you are interested to join us in Haiti, click here for more information.

ORGANIZATION

If you would like to know more about Haiti Health Initiative as a Non-Profit Organization and registered Non-Governmental Organization, you can review the organizing documents by clicking here.

LARGE DONATION

If you would like to make a donation to HHI exceeding $1000, you can either send a check to 1761 Gold River Drive, Orem, UT 84057, or pay by credit or debit card by clicking here.

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