Christian Health Service Corps

Compassionate that Heals Truth that Transforms

Fruitvale, TX   |  https://www.healthservicecorps.org

Mission

Mission: To build community capacity to sustain, support, and improve Christ-centered compassionate health services. With respect for human dignity, we work to build community capacity to: • Improve health infrastructure and access to functional healthcare services • Ensure child survival and normal growth of children • Promote a biblical view of healthy families that nurtures and supports spiritual, and physical wholeness • Live and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ

Ruling year info

2010

Principal Officer

Mr. Greg Seager

Co Principal Officer

Mrs. Candi Seager

Main address

PO Box 132

Fruitvale, TX 75127 USA

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EIN

27-1505747

NTEE code info

Voluntarism Promotion (T40)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In low-income countries around the world, families suffer from lack of access to healthcare in even its most basic forms. According to the WHO, about 800 families per day are forced to grieve the loss of a young mother in the prime of life due to complications of pregnancy and childbirth. Every year, approx. 6 million mothers are forced to watch their child die primarily because they are poor and born in a place with little or no access to healthcare. These children die due to highly-treatable illnesses like pneumonia, malaria, and diarrheal diseases. According to a lancet study 5 billion people in the world lack access to safe surgery, and 93% of sub-Saharan Africa lack access to even the most basic surgical care. The WHO also tells us, this lack of access to surgical care results in the deaths of 1.2 million people each year.

Our programs

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

International Medical and Surgical Services

Christian Health Service Corps is a community of Christian doctors, health professionals and health educators serving the poor in places that have little or no access to healthcare. Each year, we bring compassionate, life-saving health services to thousands of families across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Our missionary doctors and health professionals are often the only access to care for young families in poor communities.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children
Infants and toddlers
Preteens
American Indians

In many villages of the Sierra Madre of Northern Mexico, malnutrition and infectious diseases kill up to 50% of children by age 5, prevention and health education are vital to addressing this problem. This high percentage of child deaths is on par with some of the poorest countries in the world. Yet this exists only a few hundred miles from the US border. Our staff at Hospital Tarahumara provides pediatric intensive care for children with severe acute malnutrition. They also provide education and assistance for families to prevent disease malnutrition within the context of their own life circumstances. We realize however prevention of this problem is the best method for addressing this challenge. CHSC healthcare professionals come alongside the mothers and families of the community by equipping them for a healthy start-right from day one. The program provides mothers of new babies with greatly needed supplies (blankets, clothing, and hygiene articles).

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Economically disadvantaged people
Indigenous peoples

In 2018, 90% of all low-income countries reported having fewer than 10 medical doctors per 10,000 people. CHSC works in countries where there are less than 10 doctors, 40 nurses, and 5 dentists and pharmacists per 10,000 people. In Malawi, there are only 0.2 qualified healthcare physicians for every 10,000 people. This is significantly less than other low and middle-income countries (LMICs) within Africa. The Health for All initiative works to build the health capacity of nations by training family medicine physicians. The goal of the program is to advance the gospel by training physicians to be “missional” in their practice as Christian physicians in their own country. Through discipleship, teaching, and mentoring, our desire is to create Christian physicians who seek to care for the spiritual needs of their patients, as well as the physical. We take to heart the ministry model of Jesus, making disciples who will make disciples.

Population(s) Served
People of African descent
People with diseases and illnesses
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth
Adults

The high incidence of Rheumatic heart disease deaths in Ethiopian teens led to the decision to begin this program, under the direction of CHSC staff physician Dr. Michelle Yates. Rheumatic Heart Disease nicked named by the world as “the disease of poverty”, affects millions of children globally. The Expanded Rheumatic Heart Disease Screening Program takes steps in addressing the root cause and early identification of rheumatic heart disease when it can be easily treated with penicillin. Using hand-held echocardiograph machines and training of local health workers, heart screenings are provided across this region of Ethiopia. This program provides the greatest chance for children and young adults with RHD to survive and thrive. This program identifies and treats hundreds of children each year who would otherwise not survive into their teens.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth
People of African descent
People with diseases and illnesses

Since starting his mobile clinic 10 years ago, Dr. Parvez has developed a solid team to assist him in bringing physical & spiritual healing to the rural communities of Pakistan. Amongst his team are Midwives, Nurses, Paramedics & community health educators. Together they travel across harsh terrain in hopes to provide consistent care to the poor and needy. Despite the adversities at every corner, physicians & healthcare professionals like Dr. Tariq Parvez bring medical care by any means possible. In Pakistan, more than 74% of non-urban communities have extremely limited access to any form of Maternal & child health services. Nearly 7 in 10 women in Pakistan report at least one major problem in accessing health care for themselves. Instead of waiting for the sick to come to them, the medical outreach team from Luke Care Ministries has dedicated itself to bringing medical care to those in hard-to-reach places.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
People with disabilities
Pregnant people
Economically disadvantaged people
People of Asian descent

Millions of women in developing countries live daily with the humiliation and dejection of Vesicovaginal Fistula (VVF), a devastating complication of childbirth. The World Health Organization estimates more than two million women and girls worldwide suffer from fistula(s), with 50,000 to 100,000 new cases each year. For many of the women in Angola, VVF has taken away so much more than just their health, but it’s made them outcasts in their own communities. CHSC OB/GYN Dr. Priscilla Cummings focuses on bringing hope back to the women who have been scarred and cast away due to vaginal fistulas. Dr. Cummings partners with the Fistula Foundation, the Hope for Our Sisters, and others to provide fistula surgeries for all those who seek relief from VVF.

Population(s) Served
Pregnant people
People with diseases and illnesses
Women and girls
Economically disadvantaged people
People of African descent

An estimate of nearly 676 per 100,000 mothers die in Ethiopia each year during childbirth. Entrusting thousands of children to their families, communities, nation & the world. Partaking in that responsibility, the local churches & CHSC staff members have begun providing baby formula, essential fundamental resources and childcare for the orphaned children of Soddo Ethiopia. The Soddo Child Sponsorship program has committed to supporting the first years of the orphaned child’s integration into the family.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Children
People of African descent
Economically disadvantaged people

Located deep in the heart of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the therapeutic re-feeding program called A Labor of Love provides lifesaving medical care to severely malnourished children.  There, national and CHSC staff work together to build Nyankunde hospital’s capacity in providing clinical nutrition services and assisting families to develop strategies in preventing malnutrition within the context of their own life circumstances. Serving a population of approximately 500 thousand and admitting an average of 200 children a year. Designed for children who are so far into the malnutrition cycle that they are often unable to eat, walk, or even stand, A Labor of Love receives children that are days, if not moments, away from death. This program saves the lives of children each day, provides ongoing nutrition assistance and education for moms in the care of children.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
People of African descent
People with diseases and illnesses
Farmers

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

CHSC Vision: We envision a world where people no longer die of preventable causes, and primary healthcare, and surgical services are available to all people of the world.

Everywhere we serve we seek to achieve the following aims.
• Improve health infrastructure and access to functional healthcare and surgical services
• Ensure child survival and normal growth of children
• Live and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ
• Promote a biblical view of healthy families that nurtures and supports spiritual, and physical wholeness

Sending US board-certified physicians, surgeons, nurses, and other healthcare professionals, with their families, to serve a minimum of 3 years in low and middle-income countries. We are committed to providing equal access to healthcare, respecting the dignity of all people without regard to religious affiliation, race, gender, identity, ethnicity, or political affiliation.

We build healthcare capacity through serving as faculty in established training programs and residencies raising up the next generation of health professionals. We also train national staff in less formal mentoring and fellowship programs.

93% of Subsaharan Africa lack access to safe surgery. We train surgeons in places like Kenya, Malawi, DR Congo, and other locations. We train family physicians in physician residency programs in a number of countries and train them to perform basic surgery.

More than 800 young women die each day from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. But addressing this issue requires a functional health system and C section capacity. We traing local physicians to perform c-sections. We often improve the functionality of facilities in which we work, so source materials, supplies, and logistics for many of our hospitals to improve their functionality. We also invest in hospital infrastructures such as plumbing and water, construction of new buildings, adding solar power and generators, building operating rooms, remodeling existing units etc.

Nearly 6 million children under 5 die each year, mostly from diseases of poverty, and 50% of these deaths are associated with underlying malnutrition. We operate 2 inpatient centers for severe acute malnutrition and have established reproducible processes and protocols that can be used in other facilities. One in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, and one in the rural northern Mexico mountains. Each of these programs has outpatient programs that address the social issues and underlying causes of malnutrition and child death. All of our physician staff in their respective locations care for critically ill children and train local physicians in the best evidence-based practice for critical care pediatrics.

Many of the causes of under 5 child death are responsive to low-cost community health education initiatives. Because of this, we train community health workers in Cote d’Ivoire and Uganda, Malawi, and other locations.

We improve quality and safety. Our full-time healthcare quality team works to help hospitals develop evidence-based protocols, processes for care that improve outcomes.





CHSC physicians and health professionals come from a wide range of specializations including emergency medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, general surgery, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatric surgery, pediatric plastic/craniofacial surgery, tropical medicine, dentistry, nursing, community health/ disease prevention, and physical therapy. CHSC health professionals do more than just provide direct care.
The CHSC programs department comes alongside CHSC field staff to build to aid with the design, monitoring, and evaluations of CHSC community health, healthcare, and professional training initiatives. The CHSC Quality and Safety Department comes alongside our field staff to facilitate healthcare quality improvement initiatives and monitor program outcomes.

With only 70 healthcare professionals, we provided clinical training 351physicians and healthcare professionals directly cared for 50,000 patients, Saved the lives of 1,516 children with severe acute malnutrition, provided medical care, inpatient and outpatient care for 26,721 children. We cared for 8,729 mothers in need of obstetric care. Number of

Financials

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Christian Health Service Corps

Board of directors
as of 1/24/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Jody Collinge

Missionary Field Physician

Will Chavez

GJC Law

Dr. Arnold Gorske

Dr. Joel McCreary

Dr. Felicia McCreary

Dr. Anthony Rector

Britt Smith

Dr. Nicholas Schwedock

Jade Schwedock

R.N.

Buddy Holt

Greg Seager

R.N.

Candi Seager

R.N.

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/20/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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