HEALING ACROSS THE DIVIDES INC

aka HATD   |   Hatfield, MA   |  www.healingdivides.org

Mission

Document and improve the health of Israelis and Palestinians. Bring barriers to improvement to the attention of American and European policymakers

Notes from the nonprofit

We are a relatively small 501(c)(3) non-profit in the US which funds programs in Israel and the Palestinian Territories (and Gaza). Our purpose is to improve the health of marginalized Palestinians and Israelis. We work to diversify our Board by recruiting Arab/Palestinian board members, males and females. We have an advisory committee, plus Board members, in the fields of health and middle east conflict problems. Our Founder/Executive Director, an Internist, felt there are three things needed for a decent life: Good health, good job, and good education. While we cannot affect jobs or education - that's government - we can affect the improvement of health in marginalized communities. We provide grants and technical assistance to local community organizations who are dealing with health issues. In addition, within their fields of expertise, several Board members have spent many volunteer hours personally advising grantees on improving their program and organizational structure.

Ruling year info

2005

Principal Officer

Dr Norbert Goldfield

Main address

POB 217

Hatfield, MA 01038 USA

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EIN

20-1948432

NTEE code info

Health (General and Financing) (E80)

Hot Line, Crisis Intervention (F40)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

As an American not for profit, Healing Across the Divides aims to measurably improve the health of marginalized Israelis and Palestinians through community based interventions. Peace building through health is an established approach to conflict mitigation. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict, depending on how one measures it, has gone on for at least 75 years. While there are abundant political challenges to resolution of this tragic conflict, significant health problems have emerged from it as well. As a consequence, the best way to address these health challenges is using a bottom-up community based approach. Our community interventions are within a peace-building through health context in this long running conflict.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Community based health interventions in Israel and Palestine

Empowerment of Israeli and Palestinian Diabetics

Israeli and Palestinian projects focused on women's health

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Healing Across the Divides aims to measurably improve the health of marginalized Israelis and Palestinians utilizing community based interventions. We do this through funding and provision of technical expertise to already existing community groups.

In funding established groups, we aim to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of these community groups. We work with the groups to make the funded initiatives sustainable, as much as possible. We bring the Israeli and Palestinian groups together to learn from each other twice a year, as desired.

Our long term aim is to increase the standing of these groups within their own societies. Using a peace building through health framework, we hope that these community groups can engage with each other, search for common ground, and create building blocks leading to healing across the divides. In its first 15 years of existence, Healing Across the Divides has measurably improved the health of more than 100,000 Israelis and Palestinians.

A principal strategy to measurably improving the health of marginalized Israelis and Palestinians is to work with already existing community groups. We want to improve their effectiveness and efficiency and their consequent social status by working with them to improve the health of the populations they serve. We provide technical expertise to the groups to increase their self-evaluation and managerial capacity using a minimum data set. In so doing the community group gains efficiency can to improve the effectiveness of their efforts to measurably improve the health of the populations they are serving

As an additional strategy, we seek partnerships with other organizations, foundations (such as Jewish Federations) and/or agencies (such as the UN High Commission for Refugees) that are also interested in health improvement of marginalized Israelis and/or Palestinians. In this manner we pass on what we have learned and vice versa as we are ourselves committed to continuous organizational improvement.

We accomplish our mission of measurably improving the health of marginalized Israelis and Palestinians using:
a. World-wide expertise in both measurement and evaluation of all health care interventions. This comes from individuals either on Healing Across The Divide’s staff, t board of directors, international technical advisory committee, or colleagues of the aforementioned;
b. Excellent on the ground organizational management expertise from our representatives based in Israel and the West Bank. As needed, additional, organizational management expertise can be called upon;
c. Financial commitment to work with the community groups to implement their initiatives in an efficient, effective and sustainable manner.

We have:
a. Measurably and demonstrably improved the health of over 100,000 marginalized Israelis and Palestinians;
b. Improved the capacity of almost 50 community groups over 15 years of operation as these groups learn to self-evaluate the work that they are doing in the manner of continuous quality improvement. Improving capacity includes increasing the effectiveness and national/international visibility of the leadership of these groups;
c. Fostered long term sustainability of a number of the initiatives, a perennial challenge for any non-profit;
d. Brought Israeli and Palestinian groups together, an accomplishment that cannot be overstated in this highly politicized environment. Bringing groups together is an essential component of peace-building through health;
e. Continued to focus on our core mission which has remained the same since its inception.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Marginalized Israelis and Palestinians in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Scheduled reports from the Programs we fund to ascertain their progress and further needs.,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    After the May, 2021 war in Gaza, many of our grantee recipients (Type I juvenile diabetics) could not pay for their insulin and test kits. When we found out we ran a fundraising campaign exclusively to fund these materials and sent all the money directly to their program (Diabetes Palestine) for distribution to those in need.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    When we correspond with our donors in newsletters and solicitations, the feedback from our grant recipients stimulates more funds for their programs. We even circulated a fundraising campaign that one of our grantees was running to rebuild damages after an attack on their community.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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HEALING ACROSS THE DIVIDES INC

Board of directors
as of 12/14/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dr Mordechai Kamel


Board co-chair

Dr. Benjamin Gitterman

Paul Hassoun

Karen Meadow

Sarah Basha

Cathy Levine

Heba Elzawahry

Benjamin Gitterman

Lewis Kazis

Husam El-Qouloq

Mordechai Kamel

Ellen Koteen

Yohanna Barth-Rogers

Herb Gillette

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/14/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/06/2021

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.