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HEALTH VOLUNTEERS OVERSEAS

Transforming Lives through Education

aka HVO   |   Washington, DC   |  https://hvousa.org

Mission

Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) is dedicated to improving the availability and quality of health care through the education, training and professional development of the health workforce in resource-scarce countries. HVO envisions a world where all people have access to high quality health care delivered by local health professionals.

Ruling year info

1987

Executive Director

Ms. April Pinner

Main address

1900 L St NW Suite 310

Washington, DC 20036 USA

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EIN

52-1485477

NTEE code info

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

Management & Technical Assistance (S02)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

According to the World Health Organization, there is a global shortage of more the 7.2 million health professionals – a figure that will grow to 18 million by 2030. This shortage disproportionately affects low- and middle-income countries. These countries have limited human and financial resources and face a significant burden of disease. While health care providers in these resource-limited settings may be devoted to learning and improving their skills to meet the health needs of their communities, they are working in strained systems. The infrastructure at health institutions in resource-limited settings may lack access to essential medicines and supplies, and shortages in the number of health care providers add to the challenge. Because of these limited resources, not enough health care professionals receive training; few have the opportunity for continued professional education and growth, and most work in isolation with little opportunity to learn from nearby colleagues.

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?

HVO Teaching & Training

HVO brings quality health care to more of the world’s people by providing training, education and professional support to the health workforce in resource-scarce countries. Highly qualified health care professionals share their knowledge, skills and enthusiasm with their colleagues overseas. Their work has extended across a spectrum of specialties: anesthesia, dermatology, hand surgery, hematology, internal medicine, nurse anesthesia, nursing education, oncology, oral health, orthopaedics, pediatrics, physical therapy, emergency medicine, mental health, pharmacy, and wound management. These volunteers help tackle some of the most pressing global health care challenges - trauma care, child and maternal health, cancer care, safe surgery, rehabilitation and more.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

One of the best small charities in the greater Washington DC region 2017

Catalgoue for Philanthropy

meets 20 of 20 standards 2024

Better Business Bureau

4 Star Charity (97%) 2022

Charity Navigator

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 hours of training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

HVO Teaching & Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The # of hours volunteers provided teaching/training to health professionals in low-resource settings. (2019 prior in-person; 2020 virtual only due to COVID-19; 2021 forward in-person + virtual hours)

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

HVO Teaching & Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total # of volunteers providing education at HVO sites/yr. (NOTE: 2019 - in-person; 202= virtual volunteers only. In-person suspended due to COVID-19 pandemic); 2021 forward = in-person + virtual.

Number of people trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

HVO Teaching & Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Health care professionals in low-resource settings receiving con ed., train the trainer courses, professional support and/or academic/curricula consultation. Data no collected 2020-22 due to COVID-19.

Number of volunteer assignments

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

HVO Teaching & Training

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total # of in-person assignments. This # is typically higher than the # of volunteers as many individuals complete more than one assignment per year. (NOTE: pivot to online in 2020 due to COVID-19).

Number of projects

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

HVO Teaching & Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total # of projects, across all program areas (18 of these, defined by different health specialties) in around 25+ countries. (NOTE: 2020 - Online projects only. In-person suspended due to COVID-19).

The in-kind value of time donated by volunteers (reported in $USD)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

HVO Teaching & Training

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Calculated based on the USG Bureau of Labor & Statistics and Payscale estimates of average hourly rates for various health care specialties. HVO's estimates based on a 5 day work week, 8 hr/day.

Number of international partners/collaborating institutions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

HVO Teaching & Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

HVO partners and collaborates with an international institution on the development, management, monitoring & evaluation of each project. International partners are typically hospitals or universities.

Number of professional association sponsors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

HVO Teaching & Training

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Health professional associations who sponsor and support HVO in the development of projects within their specialty area.

Percent of on-site coordinators from our international partnering institutions who report improvements in staff skills as a result of HVO's training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

HVO Teaching & Training

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Collected from annual surveys administered to on-site coordinators for each project. (NOTE: this reflects in-person training and in-person training suspended in 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic)

Percent of repeat volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

HVO Teaching & Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The percent of volunteers each year who completed their second (or more) assignment with HVO. Data tracking suspended in 2020 as no longer relevant with COVID-19 impact on volunteers.

Number of hours of online training, education and mentorship.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of hours of online teaching, training and mentorship provided by volunteers to our partners and colleagues abroad.

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.

HVO envisions a world where all people have access to expert health care delivered by local health professionals.
Health professionals, especially those based in resource-scarce countries, are on the front lines in meeting public health needs and fighting against public health threats, such as epidemics. They provide essential education to patients in the prevention and treatment of disease and help communities cope with the effects of climate change, conflict, and other large-scale threats to population health. We must accelerate the exchange of knowledge between practicing providers and support those in training to ensure that all communities have access to timely and effective health services.

To help realize this vision, HVO invests in equitable, two-way and sustainable partnerships with over 75 health institutions world-wide. These partnerships focus on education - providing teaching, training and professional development opportunities to health professionals. The goal is not only to train new health care professionals, but also to encourage and to sustain professionals so that they can continue to practice in their home countries where their skills are most urgently needed.

HVO accomplishes its mission by sending highly qualified health care professionals on short-term volunteer assignments; offering scholarships for local health professionals to attend regional or international conferences or workshops; providing volunteer fellowships to support focused, long-term volunteer placements; and delivering virtual education and mentorship.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive 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

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, 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?

Financials

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Operations

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

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HEALTH VOLUNTEERS OVERSEAS

Board of directors
as of 04/03/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Carla Smith

Stephen Schwartz

April Pinner

Health Volunteers Overseas

Maureen Zutz

Richard Henker

Carla Smith

Maura Fulton

Lisa Huang

Pam Maroulis

Ryan Fouss

Thomas Gellhaus

Gayle Lomax

Janna Beling

Erin Gibbs

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? No
  • 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? No