HEALTH HORIZONS INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION INC

aka Horizontes de Salud   |   Bloomfield, CT   |  http://hhidr.org/

Mission

Our mission is to improve community health in the Dominican Republic by building local capacity for quality primary care and public health. Our work revolves around empowering community health leaders, partnering with and strengthening the primary health care system, and promoting public health and patient access to quality prevention, treatment, and management services. We develop on-the-ground programs in four "core" partner communities to understand what works, and scale our best solutions through strategic partnerships with primary care clinic networks and nationally-driven initiatives. We are the only organization in the country that focuses on fighting chronic disease, by combining a Community Health Workers Program with direct provision of primary health care.

Ruling year info

2010

Executive Director

Lic. Eliezer Lappots-Abreu

Main address

One Regency Drive PO Box 30

Bloomfield, CT 06002 USA

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EIN

27-1060487

NTEE code info

Public Health Program (E70)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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When people are denied the opportunity of health, simply because they are poor, the problem is one of human rights and social justice. Our goal is to address this important issue by creating systemic change in the vision and delivery of primary health care on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. Through a comprehensive approach to medicine and community health, we can change the way patients, communities, and the public health system work together to give everyone the opportunity of a healthy life. Our impact in promoting health and alleviating illness will profoundly change the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable people.

Our programs

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

Sano y Feliz

Participants in this program engage in weekly group meetings to discuss and learn healthy nutrition, physical activity, and lifestyle strategies. All participants are at risk for, or have been diagnosed with, hypertension or diabetes. The group is facilitated by a local leader, who has been trained in HHI's Sano y Feliz curriculum.

Population(s) Served

Our Community Health Workers Program empowers local individuals with the knowledge and tools to improve the health of their neighbors. In our core communities, the promotores de salud are partners in the provision of primary care, with a targeted focus on chronic diseases. They are promoters of health education and connection to existing health systems, and leaders who act as agents of change in community health. Drawing on insights and evidence from our core program, we work with the Ministry of Health to train promotores across the province, and strengthen their ability to serve patients with chronic diseases.

Population(s) Served

Our Chronic Care Program provides patients with year-round access to medication, regular check-ups and monitoring, individualized medication adherence counseling, and support for health behavior change. Our focus is on hypertension and diabetes management, and our prevention efforts focus on the risk factors of poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, tobacco use, and alcohol use. The Chronic Care Program lies at the intersection of our Community Health Workers Program, primary care system strengthening, and commitment to addressing public health challenges.

Population(s) Served

We support primary health care centers and hospitals in establishing and improving the systems, tools, and practices necessary to provide high quality health care to patients, focusing on chronic diseases. We work with institutions across the province to establish measures of quality excellence, train physicians and nurses, and provide support and guidance for continuous learning and improvement.

Population(s) Served

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.

HHI partners with four communities in the Puerto Plata region, on the north coast of the Dominican Republic on Building Health Care Capacity, Dignifying Patient Care, and Promoting Public Health to accomplish the following goals:

GOAL 1: Improve health outcomes by empowering communities to prevent the incidence of illness, manage chronic conditions, and access to necessary health care services.

GOAL 2: Strengthen collaboration within the existing health system to enhance its capacity to provide high quality primary health care.

GOAL 3: Improve environmental health by investing in water, sanitation and clean indoor air projects, and programs that promote access to and utilization of healthy food.

GOAL 4: Increase HHI’s capacity and ensure financial and programmatic sustainability.

GOAL 1
Strategy 1: Cooperadores Program
Strategy 2: Primary Health Care Awareness
Strategy 3: Chronic Care Program
Strategy 4: Healthy Lifestyle Pilot Program (Saño y Feliz)

GOAL 2
Strategy 1: Capacity Building and Training for Primary Health Care Providers
Strategy 2: Partnership and Coordination withing Health Care System

GOAL 3:
Strategy 1: Water and Sanitation Projects
Strategy 2: Clean Indoor Air Projects
Strategy 3: Healthy Food Projects

GOAL 4:
Strategy 1: Improve M&E of all programs.
Strategy 2: Improve Communications, Media, and P&R efforts to engage supporters.
Strategy 3: Increase capacity to secure financial commitment from individual, foundation, corporate, and governmental/international NGO sources.
Strategy 4: Develop sustainable revenue-generating efforts.
Strategy 5: Develop and implement personnel development plans.

GOAL 1: Building on the current medical service trips to ensuring continuity of care

GOAL 2: Collaborating with partners to advance training on non-communicable diseases

GOAL 3: Collaborating with partners whose missions align with these projects

GOAL 4: Developing a coordinated system of tools for regular impact and financial reporting to internal and external stakeholders

• continuity of care for the 120 patients enrolled in our chronic care program
• 10,000 patient consultations
• community and individual health education to 27,000 individuals throughout the country
• inclusion of foot and dental evaluation in protocols for the management of persons with diabetes

• training for 100 cooperadores (community health workers)
• training for 60 doctors and 30 nurses in diabetes diagnosis, treatment, and management
• strengthening of 12 primary care centers and 3 hospitals
• improvement of pharmaceutical supply management in public health care centres


• provision of 100 latrines, a critical determinant for preventing illness and maintaining health

• training in diabetes prevention and management for health professionals in the Dominican Republic, in partnership with Population Services International (PSI) as supported by a grant from the World Diabetes Foundation
• implementation of a national NCD response program with the Ministry of Public Health of Dominican Republic as supported by a grant from the World Diabetes Foundation
• presenting at the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) non-communicable disease forum supporting national advocacy in the lead-up to the 2018 UN High-level Meeting on NCDs

Financials

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Operations

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HEALTH HORIZONS INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 10/1/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Romiya Barry

Angi Kang

Chris Meelia

Brad Wilkinson

Cynthia McMurry

Craig Czarsty

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No