The mission of Docs Who Care has always been one of service. As such, we encourage everyone to be inspired to serve and volunteer in any capacity when an opportunity presents. Docs Who Care is committed to supporting service and volunteer efforts of our providers, partner hospitals, and staff.
Founded by Dr. Gary Morsch in 1992, Heart to Heart is a leading global humanitarian organization that works to improve health and to respond to needs of disaster victims worldwide. They specialize in delivering essential medicines and supplies, as well as providing necessary training to increase the level of medical care in underserved regions of the world. Contact www.hearttoheart.org for more information.
Heart to Heart International has an immediate opportunity for you to volunteer in the state of Missouri. Operation Healthy Delta is an outreach program for rural health. Our mobile medical unit (MMU) will be rolling out of Kansas City to provide general health care in the Bootheel of Missouri. Room and Board will be provided for this rewarding opportunity. We are currently seeking 2 medical providers and two nurses to staff our MMU.
Opportunities for the entire deployment September 13-19th, or for part of the deployment September 13-15th or September 17-19th.
Positions need to be filled just as soon as possible.
Statement of Need
Rural Americans experience significant health disparities. Risk factors contributing to these health disparities include geographic isolation, lower socio-economic status, higher rates of health risk behaviors, and limited job opportunities. Additionally, higher rates of chronic illness and poor overall health are more prevalent in rural communities when compared to urban populations. Rural communities are generally deemed as Health Professionals Shortage Areas. This inequality is intensified as rural residents are less likely to have employer-provided healthcare coverage, and over a significant portion of the population does not meet the requirement for Medicaid coverage.
Description of Event
Operation Healthy Delta is a military Innovative Readiness Training event coordinated through a partnership between the Delta Regional Authority and the U.S. Department of Defense, allowing servicemen and women to provide medical, dental, and optical care to residents of the selected communities with known barriers to health access and poor health outcomes. These services are offered at no cost to patients, and there are no income guidelines or residency restrictions. The involvement of local leaders in supporting these efforts is essential to the mission’s success. As such, Heart to Heart International (HHI) and its partners will play a key role in this effort, providing medical, dental and health education services in Caruthersville and Charleston, MO for a select number of days during the deployment, scheduled for September 13-22, 2017.
HHI’s Mobile Medical Unit, staffed by volunteer providers, will be deployed to the Bootheel, working alongside the Military team to provide health and physical exams to over 3000 patients. Through a partnership with AT Still University College of Dentistry and Smiles of HOPE Ministries, HHI will provide dental services in Dexter, MO on September 20th in donated dental office space. Additionally, HHI, in collaboration with pharmacy fellows from our partners at Sanofi, will conduct nutritional counseling and patient education sessions during the first week of the deployment.
Scope of Work
Heart to Heart International is registered with the state of Missouri under the Volunteer Health Services Act. Under this Missouri Law volunteer medical providers and nurses are exempt from the requirement to hold a license in the State of Missouri as long as they have a current license in another state. The law also provides immunity from liability for those providing healthcare services as a volunteer under the authorization of a registered organization.
The following scope of work applies to this deployment:
You may also want to contact http://www.volunteerguide.org. This website is an excellent resource for volunteer opportunities.