C2C selected as Henry Schein Cares Medalist

We’re excited to announce that C2C has been selected as a finalist for the Henry Schein Cares Medal for excellence in expanding access to health care for the underserved!

The Henry Schein Cares Medal is an initiative of Henry Schein Cares, the company’s global corporate social responsibility program. The award is given to nonprofit organizations from the fields of oral health, animal health, and medicine that demonstrate excellence by helping to increase access to care in underserved communities around the world.

“Throughout our company’s history, we at Henry Schein have been guided by the principle that everyone, regardless of their economic standing or personal circumstances, deserves quality health care,” said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein.

C2C shares Henry Schein’s commitment to serving communities in need and we honored to be recognized for the work we do in bringing low-cost, high-quality healthcare to the people of Haiti.

 

Learn more about the Henry Schein Cares Medal:

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An Exciting Start to 2018!

I am very excited to wish you a Happy New Year and to introduce myself to the C2C community of friends and supporters.

My name is Dr. Samuel Bernard and I recently joined the C2C team last month as the Chief Operating Officer. I completed my medical degree at the Faculté de Médecine et de Pharmacie at the State University of Haiti in 2009 and have completed additional health management studies at Montreal University. Most recently, I served as the Medical Director of the St. Boniface Foundation in southern Haiti.


I am thrilled to join the C2C team in Cap Haitien at this exciting time of growth and expansion. In 2018, we will open 3 new clinics in partnership with the Haitian Ministry of Health, doubling the size of the C2C network in the northern region. Both personally and professionally, I am a believer in C2C’s bold approach: providing the highest quality medical care at affordable prices.

In my country, we need to address urgent health financing challenges. Free care for every citizen, forever, just isn’t feasible and isn’t building the long-term economy. C2C’s is a different approach, we know that. But isn’t it exciting to think: What if a community clinic were a financially sustainable endeavor, delivering medical care today and in perpetuity? What if it didn’t have to rely on aid funding year after year? What if we built a solid economic foundation for the healthcare system in Haiti, rather than patching the holes?

As a physician, originally from Cap Haitien, I am passionate about returning to my home region to make a contribution to improving the health and wellness of people in northern Haiti. Over the past month, I’ve been rolling up my sleeves to get to know the communities we serve, family by family.

I am energized about what this year holds for C2C and invite you to join me in anticipating the achievements you will see us reach as the year unfolds!

Yours truly,

Dr. Samuel Bernard
Chief Operating Officer, C2C

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Make a Difference This Holiday Season: Gift a Life

This holiday season, we are launching a new campaign to support the life-saving medical care we deliver to pregnant women and their babies in Haiti. It was our founding vision and motivation to ensure that poor women have access to the health services they need to have healthy pregnancies and thriving babies.

The Gift a Life campaign will support over 1,200 women through the journey of safe pregnancy and provide them with: a complete protocol of prenatal care, home-based and group-based education, robust postpartum care, and newborn care (including vaccinations) through baby’s first year.

 

 

How can you help?

You can donate to this campaign directly to give mothers and babies a healthy start in life.

Share this campaign with a friend, family member or colleague, and introduce them to this life-saving program.

Your support will make a real, lasting impact in the lives of so many vulnerable families. We look forward to sharing stories of health and success of the program as mothers and babies thrive in 2018.

 

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C2C Staff Distributes Life-Saving Supplements to Children in Schools

Earlier this month, our Community Health Agents from the Acul du Nord and Camp Coq C2C clinics visited neighboring schools and pre-schools to distribute single-dose Vitamin A and Albendazole supplementation for children under 5 years old.

With the help of our partner Vitamin Angels, more than 350 children received immunization in the span of two days. Vitamin A can considerably reduce children’s risks of death from infection and diarrhea, and well as it aids in protecting their eyesight. On the other hand, Albendazole helps to boost children’s immune system by combating intestinal worms (de-worming).

Much of Haiti’s population, especially the most vulnerable– children, are infected with intestinal worms. These worms may consume some of their daily nutritional intake, causing malnutrition. In most cases, Haitians are infected by worms due to exposure to raw sewage, lack of clean water and access to health care. For many children, de-worming is the difference between life and death.

C2C staff distributing vitamins to children in schools

 

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Meet the Staff: Alide Florvil

Here at C2C, we love to highlight the amazing team members through a fun and informative Q&A. Get to know the newest addition to our staff, Ms. Alide Florvil!

 

Name: Alide Florvil

Where did you grow up?
I was born in the Central Plateau, in a town called Hinche but when I was six years old I moved to Port au Prince with my sister until I was six years old. Then, I moved back to Hinch and lived there for most of my life. I grew up with both my parents but my oldest sister was also like a mother to me.

Where did you go to school?
I did primary school in Port au Prince and then high school in Hinche. After high school, I went to auxiliary nurse school at the Edouard C. Joseph school in Hinche for 2 years. After graduating as an auxiliary nurse, I worked for a year at the Ste-Thérèse Hospital in Hinche but quickly found a job at World Vision where I was doing prenatal and postnatal consultations, training health agents and traditional birth attendants, and also visiting very rural and remote communities to bring health care. I worked at world vision for 7 years. After that, I decided to attend midwifery school as part of Midwives for Haiti’s one-year program. After graduation, I spent two years in the maternity ward at the Ste-Thérèse Hospital in Hinche and one year at MamaBaby Haiti before coming to C2C in July 2017.

What is your current title at C2C: Nurse Midwife

What do you do at C2C?
I do prenatal visits in the clinic and I am responsible for 4 maternal health agents- I trained them and supervise them as they conduct routine home visits with our pregnant patients participating in C2C’s expanded maternal health program. I am also responsible for enrolling women into the program and managing their care. I love my new job at C2C because I have many roles and responsibilities. It gives me the opportunity to learn new skills and share my knowledge with others.

How would you describe yourself?
I am someone that is very open to others, I am not shy. I love asking questions and learn new things. I’m always open to criticism because that is how I learn. I love working in a team with others because you can share knowledge but also learn a lot from other people’s experiences and point of view. In general, I am someone that loves helping others and giving time to help those in need that don’t have the same opportunities as I have. My work doesn’t stress me out- I am always looking for new ways to have fun!

What do you do for fun or relaxation?
I love to go to the beach and I also really love to dance. I wish I could go dancing more often. I also like to attend church every week.

Tell Us About Your Family (siblings/spouse/kids, etc):
My parents are farmers, they had ten kids, I am the youngest. Now, I am married and I have 3 kids of my own. One girl, 16 years old, and two boys, 12 and 4 years old.

What job would you dislike or be really bad at?
In life, there is no job that I would not do. I could do any job if I take the time to learn it. I enjoy learning new things. At the same time, there is no job that I would refuse to do, especially if I had to do a job to take care of my family. I believe that you should not refuse an opportunity that presents itself if it’s good for you and your family.  

Why did you become a nurse midwife?
Originally, my big dream was to become a doctor but my parents were farmers and were very poor. They had 9 kids before me, so they could not afford to pay for me to go to medical school. Eventually, I decided to go to auxiliary nursing school because it was the cheapest option but was still in the field of medicine. When I was younger, my father was always sick. He had stomach-related problems for a long time and I always took care of him, but I wished I could do more for him. That’s when I first got interested in medicine. After working as an auxiliary nurse for a long time, I came to realize that I was often faced with situations in the field where I could not help people because I did not have all the skills. Especially with pregnant women or women in labor. I decided to go to midwifery school so I can help more women and possibly save lives.

Who has influenced you the most in your career and why?
The person that influenced me the most is my father. It is because of him that I decided to study and work in health care.


Meet the Staff is a new Q&A series that highlights the work, experience, and lives of staff at C2C.

 

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Patients give C2C high satisfaction ratings

At C2C, we believe in “patient-centered care.” That means that we design our healthcare services according to the unique needs, preferences, and values of the patient population that we serve. Because our patients are poor and low-income people, we redouble our efforts to make sure that their voices are included in how we operate the clinics and how we define quality.

Recently, we asked our patients to give us feedback on their experience at C2C clinics. An independent evaluator administered surveys to hundreds of patients in August and we are proud to share the results with you!

 

 

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One-Year Report: C2C’s Malnutrition Program

 

According to the World Health Organization, clinical malnutrition is responsible, directly or indirectly, for more than 30% of deaths of children under five years old worldwide. In Haiti more specifically, 1 in 5 children are currently malnourished. Children suffering from malnutrition in early childhood will have lifelong consequences such as stunting and reduced mental development. Because of their weakened immune system, children are also much more at risk to develop other life-threatening pathologies, contributing to childhood mortality rates.

C2C began providing malnutrition treatment at our clinics one year ago with the support of our partner organization, Meds & Food for Kids (MFK), who produces and distributes Medika Mamba, a peanut-based therapeutic food considered the gold standard for treating malnutrition by the World Health Organization.

Once a week, children are screened at C2C clinic sites and malnourished children are enrolled in a 12-week treatment program. In its first year, we screened over 750 children and enrolled over 250 kids into comprehensive treatment.

With support from the Ministry of Public Health, C2C will extend the program for another year to continue to offer our malnutrition services to the families who need it most.

 

Malnutrition Success Story:

Andianie (9 months)

          

                                            Before enrollment: 5.6 lbs        After enrollment: 10.6 lbs

 

Andianie spent 12 weeks in the program and consistently put on weight. At the end of the program, she gained 5 whole pounds and grew 2.6 inches. She had become more active and playful as the weeks went by. Andianie’s mother was extremely happy with her progress and was ready to apply the health and hygiene knowledge she learned from the C2C staff.

 

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C2C Celebrates 20,000 Patients Served!

This past month, our 20,000th patient walked through the doors of a C2C clinic. From the entire C2C team, we want to say: THANK YOU!

We believe that poor families in Haiti deserve access to the highest quality medical care and health education to live healthy and productive lives. C2C was founded on a simple premise that access to healthcare is the foundation of all efforts to lift poor people out of poverty.

Today, C2C clinics are “one-stop-shop” community clinics that offer consultation with a physician, a fully-stocked pharmacy, and a diagnostic lab on-site. The C2C network of community clinics is expanding rapidly across northern Haiti: each clinic functioning as a community business, managed by local staff and clinicians, working within the larger healthcare ecosystem to demonstrate that access to basic care, prevention education, and community support can be transformative and can save lives.

We celebrate this important milestone with you and extend our renewed gratitude for all of our supporters and friends who make C2C’s vision for a healthier Haiti possible.

 

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C2C Board of Directors Visit Haiti

Last month, C2C Co-founder, Elizabeth Sheehan, accompanied some of our Board Directors on a trip to visit our clinics in Haiti. The mission of the trip is to interact with C2C’s medical staff and engage in dialogue about perception and communication, patient interaction, and core values. The board team also toured C2C clinics in Camp Coq and Acul Du Nord, as well as the newest clinic in Cap-Haitien.

As an organization, C2C regularly measure and evaluate clinic performance to ensure we achieve our primary goal: to provide the best possible services to patients. The board along with C2C’s Haiti medical team participated in a series of workshops led by Dr. Calvaire, C2C Country Director, and Marie Marthe St. Cyr, C2C Board Director. Dr. Calvaire has extensive experience in medical practice and management. Ms. St. Cyr’s speaks fluent Haitian Kreyol and has a long history of promoting the social and economic empowerment of the Haitian community.

The workshops focused on the role of language and culture and how to effectively communicate with vulnerable people during patient interactions. Dialogue also explored the standard protocol for patient visits to understand how the care-provider can effectively apply C2C core values while educating and treating patients. These interactions give our teams the opportunity to make more effective clinical decisions while building strong long-term relationships with our patients.


C2C Board of Directors and medical team

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C2C receives a shipment of medical supplies from Direct Relief

Thanks to our partnership with Direct Relief, we received a shipment of medical supplies to ensure that our clinics are well-stocked with essential medicine to improve the lives of the most vulnerable families in Northern Haiti.

Direct Relief works to expand the availability of health services for all people through reliable and high-quality access to medicine, particularly to those who are most in need. Their commitment to C2C’s work strengthens our supply chain, which ensures that our clinics are never stocked out of medicine or supplies that our patients need.

 

 

 

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