Litchfield County nonprofit that runs Haiti health clinic nominated for impact award

SALISBURY — Local nonprofit Hispanola Health Partners has been chosen as a finalist within the third annual .ORG Impact Awards.

The nonprofit, which was established in 2013 by Salisbury resident Louise Lindenmeyr, serves round 10,000 sufferers a 12 months within the southeast a part of Haiti by way of its health clinic, which was opened in 2016.

“This clinic is owned and operated by Haitians,” stated Lindenmeyr, who’s a nurse practitioner. “It was built with their own resources. We’re very proud of that and we work in partnership with them. I may give them a few ideas … but the whole philosophy is building from the ground up so that there’s sustainability and durability.”

The clinic, Lindenmeyr stated, was so important that the one various to comparable remedy was a trek by way of the countryside.

“The only alternative was a 45-minute motorcycle ride uphill on the roughest road,” she stated. “It’s like driving up a modified landslide. If you’re in labor or have an acute appendix … there’s no emergency services there. Our clinic is on the ‘main road’ but the people we serve are tucked into the valleys of this rough, rural area. It’s a distant ride. We even have problems getting people to come into our clinic from far away when they’re in labor.”

The award that Hispanola Health Partners is nominated for is in a class known as “Health and healing in a time of pandemic.” The .ORG Impact Awards honor mission-driven organizations and people.

Lindenmeyr is pleased with the work the clinic supplied through the pandemic.

“Fewer people were coming to the clinic, afraid they were maybe going to get it from health care workers,” she stated. “That’s when we began this program to link up and do more community work house to house, and really link up more important services with skilled workers when we’re talking about maternal child health and really give them the best beginning you can.”

The nomination, she stated, means quite a bit to the Haitian medical employees on the clinic.

“It’s really affirming that the work they are doing is being recognized on a national basis,” Lindenmeyr stated. “The accountability that they are being asked for by me really has a purpose and has a greater goal at the end of being able to provide more services and expand.”

Currently, the nonprofit is working to coach extra delivery attendants, who’re folks educated at helping with the complete birthing course of. It’s a mixing of conventional drugs with conventional Haitian strategies. So far, they’ve educated 18 delivery attendants who attend almost each delivery within the space, based on Lindenmeyr.

“It’s still a charming and wonderful project in my mind,” Lindenmeyr stated. “It’s so colorful. You’re mixing two very different worlds and showing respect from both sides. They appreciate seeing how to do neonatal resucitation.”

Lindenmeyr stated she has been constantly impressed by the employees, who’re given possession of the clinic.

“Our staff is very talented. They’re given the chance to shine,” Lindenmeyr stated. “Their knowledge is amazing. Their ability to diagnose always blows me away because they don’t have the convenience of imaging that does it for them. Their physical assessment skills are stellar.”

The winners of the third annual .ORG Impact Awards will probably be introduced on Nov. 9.

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