Community Health Initiative, Haiti

Until the work is done!

aka Community Health Initiative, Haiti   |   Cedar Rapids, IA   |  http://www.chihaiti.org

Mission

CHI works in solidarity to create healthy, empowered and self-directed communities in Haiti, until the work is done!

Ruling year info

2012

Executive Director

Leah Mathiason

Main address

PO Box 1143

Cedar Rapids, IA 52406 USA

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EIN

45-2732804

NTEE code info

Community Health Systems (E21)

Rural (S32)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Community Health Initiative, Haiti, (CHI, Haiti) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2012 by American doctors Chris Buresh and Josh White, friends since medical school. With their passion for global health and combined 14 years of work in Haiti, the two started CHI to partner with local communities in Arcahaie, Haiti, to address the pressing health needs as identified by them. To the doctors’ surprise, when asked about their most urgent request, the community asked for a road! As a healthcare organization, building a road seemed an unusual first project, but as we worked alongside the community members building the road, we began to learn the important reasons for the request, and how it actually was connected to health. This first lesson has informed our approach: listening deeply, setting aside our own priorities, and truly learning how to work in solidarity with our Haitian partners.

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?

Continuity of Care Clinics

We provide healthcare to remote communities with Community Health Workers, who provide home visits year-round, as well as medical and surgical clinics throughout the year using local health care providers, and US volunteers.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We have trained 6 local women around the town of Arcahaie to perform basic medical check ups, follow up on people with hypertension and diabetes, follow up on other ill patients, perform home visits, basic prenatal care, basic first aid, and hold community education seminars.

Population(s) Served
Parents

We have partnered with Deep Springs International to provide point-of-use water chlorination for 500 houses in Arcahaie.  They will be monitored for residual chlorine and coliform content every 4 months to ensure their effectiveness.

Population(s) Served
Adults

A plastic and aluminum collection depot. Individuals collect and redeem products for cash. CHI weighs the product, cleans and sorts it and delivers it to a recycling center in Port-Au-Prince where it is bailed and chipped down and distributed throughout the world.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of adults with a source of ongoing care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Health, Age groups

Related Program

Continuity of Care Clinics

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

CHWs 2400/year

Hours of no-cost treatment provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Health

Related Program

Continuity of Care Clinics

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

CHWs=5760

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

We envision a day when all babies are born with a skilled birth attendant present, no child suffers from malnutrition, people no longer die of diarrhea or pneumonia, and chronic diseases are identified and treated using local expertise in Haiti.

Our Community Health Workers (CHWs) provide nutrition counseling, blood pressure checks, well- child visits, and other wellness services to the community. They also provide training to birthing people and their birth attendants in Helping Babies Breathe, a neonatal resuscitation program which has significantly improved health outcomes for parents and babies. Our CHWs work year-round to bring CHI’s quality healthcare into homes of our partner communities in Arcahaie, Haiti.
The Gadyen Dlo program (Water Guardian), brings clean water into homes in Arcahaie. This simple water treatment product, made in Haiti, consisting of a specially-designed bucket fitted with a spigot and lid, and small bottle of solution, has vastly reduced the number of deaths caused by diarrhea in an area where our initial research showed fecal matter in 98% of the water sources. Gadyen Dlo is part of our larger water program, called Water for Life, in which we also have built and maintain latrines. We are in the final stages of installing 8 wells throughout the region with partner organization, Haiti Outreach.
CHI’s Recycling Center employs several Haitians to collect plastic for recycling. This program seeks to address the environmental devastation that results from the 40,000 lbs.+ of plastic imported into
Haiti every day. It also provides a steady income for several Haitians in our partner communities in Arcahaie. Our current recycling partner, Plastic Bank, also provides scholarships for the children of our staff to attend school.
In the past year — accelerated by the pandemic — we have shifted our focus to primarily Haitian-led clinics. In 2020, our team in Haiti was able to see 1,526 patients at four clinics, two of which included a home visit component to avoid gatherings during the height of the pandemic. We are fortunate to have an exceptional and committed team in Haiti, who have been running the clinics without US teams, providing continuity of care, which is a cornerstone of our model.

Currently we have 4 part-time, US-based paid staff, 13 Haiti-based paid staff, and a dedicated group of volunteers. We also have an active, working Board of Directors, most of whom have been on a clinic trip with CHI, and all of whom have committed to our Mission, financially, as well as with their time and talents. Our Mission guides our work: "Working in Solidarity to create healthy, empowered, and self-directed communities in Haiti, until the work is done!”

Our Clean Water Program has vastly reduced the number of deaths caused by diarrhea in an area where our initial research showed fecal matter in 98% of the water sources.
Our HBB research found a 71% reduction in neonatal mortality when a birthing attendant was HBB-trained and
present with a birthing kit.
Our Recycling Program has eliminated thousands of pounds of plastic from the island.
Our clinics have seen over 40,000 patients since our founding, offering life-saving health care in an area where many people would otherwise never see a doctor their entire lives.
What's next - we hope to continue our programs as well as expand the availability of a local doctor to the community as well as complete a permanent structure in the community that our staff can use for offering more education and training to the community.

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

    SMS text surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

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

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We are currently implementing a comprehensive inventorying process when our staff reported that there a problem with keeping our staff supplied with what they need to do their jobs. We are also evaluating the feasibility of implementing a more regular on-call doctor due to community needs.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • 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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Community Health Initiative, Haiti

Board of directors
as of 1/6/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dimy Doresca


Board co-chair

Valerie McDougall Kestner

Ryan Buresh

Dimy Doresca

Joel Zylstra

Nichole Mohning

Robin Meetz

Jay Fredrick

Valerie McDougall Kestner

Jodi Cattich

Jill Thedens

Cindy Balio

Allie Adam

Kim Riley-Adams

Aubree Ruzkowski

Judy Stark

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 ? Not applicable
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/06/2021

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
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data