Teach for Health is proud to sponsor a community health fair to be held in San Ramon, Nicaragua on Thursday April 11. It will take place at Suena de la Campaña starting at 9am and will include health related musical performances from the Teach for Health promoters, along with socio dramas, and a mural presentation. Many other local non profit groups and government agencies will be participating.
In August 2012 a new Microgrant Empowerment Initiative was introduced in the health promoter program, providing a series of 55 small grants to participant communities. Grants range from $50-$1500 per project and are meant to supply seed funding and infrastructure investment that is paired with substantial community sourced investments in volunteer time, and a small proportion of matching funds. Successful completion of entry level projects qualifies communities and their representative promoters for increased funds and larger and more complex projects.
Teach for Health is currently seeking Regional Microgrant Coordinators for the summer of 2013. This is a volunteer position, where advanced students or public health professional volunteers will be assigned to a geographic region with 1-5 participating communities. Volunteers will meet with health promoters to help develop project ideas, travel via public transportation to the communities to view projects in action, troubleshoot project implementation, assist with outcome measure selection and monitoring, and provide general mentorship. We anticipate that this will be a challenging but incredibly rewarding chance to work creatively with a large number of diverse community based programs. Volunteers are expected to assist health promoters in their efforts, catalyzing community driven change rather than implementing their own agenda. Host families will be available for approximately $10/day with meals in country provided. We will assist applicants with funding applications to UCSF and other identified sources to help mitigate traveling expenses. In country support will be provided by Peace Corps Volunteer(s) and full time Teach for Health employees.
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
1) Strong conversational Spanish ability (native fluency is not required). Must be able to talk comfortably about a wide range of health topics in Spanish, navigate public transportation, and assist with meetings where no English assistance will be available.
2) Must be able to commit to a minimum of 6 weeks in Nicaragua (8 weeks+ is preferred) between June and August 2013. Additional orientation sessions in San Francisco will be required prior to departure.
3) Prior global health experience, classwork, and program development experience is preferred but not required.
4) Students from all professional disciplines at UCSF are encouraged (medicine, nursing, pharmacy etc), as well as residents and faculty. Volunteers will be expected to work within the limits of their current experience and training with regards to any patient care opportunities and advising roles.
5) Independence, creativity, and ability to work collaboratively with a large number of people are essential.
Please email noah @ teachforhealth.org or use the contact form on the website if you are interested.
Health promoters lead various education sessions in rural schools in the topics of hand sanitation, Chagas disease prevention, and oral hygiene.
Health promoter “Arts Committee” creates a portable mural about the meaning of serving as a health promoter. The committee will journey through communities participating in the program in order to stimulate discussion on health topics and provide training on arts-based community development. Training provided courtesy of Yakira Teitel.