Medical Brigades @

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

CHAPTER PRESIDENT
Alison Chilcott
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mmm239 pitt.edu
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CHAPTER STATS

$370,095

FUNDRAISED

10

BRIGADES

347

VOLUNTEERS

28

CHAPTER MEMBERS

RESOURCES

SPONSORS

University of Pittsburgh is a chapter of Global Medical Brigades, an international movement of students and medical professionals working alongside local communities and staff to implement sustainable health systems. We work in remote, rural, and under resourced communities in Honduras, Panama, Nicaragua and Ghana who would otherwise have limited to no access to health care. Each community receives a brigade every 3 to 4 months where hundreds of patients are provided access to healthcare and volunteers deliver public health workshops. Electronic patient records are collected for future visitations and to monitor overall community health trends. nnIn conjunction with our Medical Program, Global Brigades also supports communities with economic development, sanitation and clean water projects, and uniquely implements these programs in a holistic model to meet a community’s health and economic goals. Our model systematically builds community ownership and collaboratively executes programs with the end goal of sustainably evolving to a relationship of impact monitoring. To learn more, please visit www.globalbrigades.org.
RECENT OR UPCOMING BRIGADES
University of Pittsburgh Medical May 2021 Honduras
May 09, 2021 - May 15, 2021

Global Brigades offers 7-9 day Medical Brigades throughout the year in Honduras, Panama, Ghana, Guatemala and Greece. During a Medical Brigade, volunteers have the opportunity to take vitals and patient history in triage, shadow licensed doctors in medical consultations, and assist in a pharmacy under the direction of licensed pharmacists. Each of our partner communities receives a brigade approximately twice a year. Between brigades, our in-country team maintains relationships with the communities to provide follow-up and to conduct Community Health Worker (CHW) trainings to empower local leaders to sustain a consistent level of healthcare. Electronic patient records are collected for future visitations and to monitor overall community health trends.
$2,104
of $16,920
12%
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16
volunteers needed

COVID-19 Program Continuation Fund
May 05, 2020 - Dec 31, 2021

Donate funds toward sustaining programs during COVID-19. Your donations can still make the same impact as a brigade and more.
$0
of $0
100%
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University of Pittsburgh Medical May 2020 Honduras
May 02, 2020 - May 08, 2020

Global Brigades offers 7-9 day Medical Brigades throughout the year in Honduras, Panama and Nicaragua. During a Medical Brigade, volunteers have the opportunity to take vitals and patient history in triage, shadow licensed doctors in medical consultations, and assist in a pharmacy under the direction of licensed pharmacists. Each of our partner communities receives a brigade approximately twice a year. Between brigades, our in-country team maintains relationships with the communities to provide follow-up and to conduct Community Health Worker (CHW) trainings to empower local leaders to sustain a consistent level of healthcare. Electronic patient records are collected for future visitations and to monitor overall community health trends.
$19,793
of $0
100%
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0
volunteers needed

University of Pittsburgh Medical Brigade May 2019 Honduras
May 04, 2019 - May 10, 2019

Global Brigades offers 7-9 day Medical Brigades throughout the year in Honduras, Panama and Nicaragua. During a Medical Brigade, volunteers have the opportunity to take vitals and patient history in triage, shadow licensed doctors in medical consultations, and assist in a pharmacy under the direction of licensed pharmacists. Each of our partner communities receives a brigade approximately twice a year. Between brigades, our in-country team maintains relationships with the communities to provide follow-up and to conduct Community Health Worker (CHW) trainings to empower local leaders to sustain a consistent level of healthcare. Electronic patient records are collected for future visitations and to monitor overall community health trends.
$18,410
of $18,110
100%
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2
volunteers needed

University of Pittsburgh Medical Brigade May 2018 Honduras
May 07, 2018 - May 13, 2018

Global Brigades offers 7-9 day Medical Brigades throughout the year in Honduras, Panama and Nicaragua. During a Medical Brigade, volunteers have the opportunity to take vitals and patient history in triage, shadow licensed doctors in medical consultations, and assist in a pharmacy under the direction of licensed pharmacists. Each of our partner communities receives a brigade approximately twice a year. Between brigades, our in-country team maintains relationships with the communities to provide follow-up and to conduct Community Health Worker (CHW) trainings to empower local leaders to sustain a consistent level of healthcare. Electronic patient records are collected for future visitations and to monitor overall community health trends.
$25,843
of $25,743
100%
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0
volunteers needed

Chapter Contribution for 2019 Brigades
Jan 01, 2018 - Dec 31, 2018

Donate on behalf of this Global Medical Brigades chapter 
to meet their minimum $1,500 USD annual chapter contribution goal, so they can mobilize Medical 
Brigade volunteers for the Sep 2018- Oct 2019 Brigade Season.
$1,500
of $0
100%
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University of Pittsburgh Medical Brigade May 2017 Honduras
May 08, 2017 - May 14, 2017

Global Brigades offers 7-9 day Medical Brigades throughout the year in Honduras, Panama and Nicaragua. During a Medical Brigade, volunteers have the opportunity to take vitals and patient history in triage, shadow licensed doctors in medical consultations, and assist in a pharmacy under the direction of licensed pharmacists. Each of our partner communities receives a brigade approximately twice a year. Between brigades, our in-country team maintains relationships with the communities to provide follow-up and to conduct Community Health Worker (CHW) trainings to empower local leaders to sustain a consistent level of healthcare. Electronic patient records are collected for future visitations and to monitor overall community health trends.
$36,110
of $35,855
100%
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0
volunteers needed

Chapter Contribution for 2018 Brigades
Jan 01, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017

Donate on behalf of this Global Medical Brigades chapter 
to meet their minimum $1,500 USD annual chapter contribution goal, so they can mobilize Medical 
Brigade volunteers for the Sep 2017- Oct 2018 Brigade Season.
$3,000
of $0
100%
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University of Pittsburgh Medical/Dental Brigade May 2016 Honduras
May 07, 2016 - May 13, 2016

Global Brigades offers 7-9 day Medical Brigades throughout the year in Honduras, Panama and Nicaragua. During a Medical Brigade, volunteers have the opportunity to take vitals and patient history in triage, shadow licensed doctors in medical consultations, and assist in a pharmacy under the direction of licensed pharmacists. Each of our partner communities receives a brigade approximately twice a year. Between brigades, our in-country team maintains relationships with the communities to provide follow-up and to conduct Community Health Worker (CHW) trainings to empower local leaders to sustain a consistent level of healthcare. Electronic patient records are collected for future visitations and to monitor overall community health trends.
$30,808
of $30,808
100%
DONATE
1
volunteers needed

Chapter Contribution for 2017 Brigades
Jan 01, 2016 - Dec 31, 2016

Donate on behalf of this Global Medical Brigades chapter 
to meet their minimum $1,500 USD annual chapter contribution goal, so they can mobilize Medical 
Brigade volunteers for the Sep 2016- Oct 2017 Brigade Season.
$1,519
of $0
100%
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University of Pittsburgh Medical Brigade to Honduras May 2015
May 11, 2015 - May 17, 2015

Global Brigades offers 7-9 day Medical Brigades throughout the year in Honduras, Panama and Nicaragua. The Medical Brigade lasts 7 days in Honduras. Upon arrival in Honduras, Global Brigades staff pick up students from the airport and transport them to a safe and secure compound where they will stay for the entirety of the brigade. Each day, volunteers and staff travel alongside each other, to and from the communities to carry out projects. Student activities include:
- Sorting medications
- Cultural immersion day 
- Triaging patients 
- Vision examinations
- Systematic organization of patient information 
- House calls
- Dental + OBGYN assistance 
- Physician observation
- Gathering prescriptions

Each of the partner communities receives a brigade approximately twice a year. Between brigades, the in-country team maintains relationships with the communities to provide follow-up and to conduct Community Health Worker (CHW) trainings to empower local leaders to sustain a consistent level of healthcare. Electronic patient records are collected for future visitations and to monitor overall community health trends.

For the University of Pittsburgh, Global Medical Brigades isn\'t about rescuing those less fortunate or imposing western medicine on locals. It isn\'t about fulfilling a savior-complex. As an integral piece of the holistic model, its aim is to address the disparity in communities in which access to healthcare is nearly impossible—either due to understaffed health clinics, geographical barriers, or financial burden. By collaborating with resident community health workers, international and local physicians, and student volunteers, access to healthcare is greatly improved through an economically sustainable model.
$54,881
of $57,267
96%
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0
volunteers needed

Pitt Medical/Dental Brigade to Honduras May 2014
May 05, 2014 - May 11, 2014

Volunteers on Medical and Dental Brigades work closely together with licensed medical and dental professionals to provide quality health initiatives to a community that otherwise has limited access to health care. Volunteers spend three days in a community in order to optimize the amount of time patients are able to spend with the physicians and dentists. Each patient receives a physician consultation, public health talk, and prescribed medicines as well as have access to PAP smears, prostate exams and restorative dental care as necessary. Children, in addition, receive teeth cleaning, a fluoride treatment, and vitamins necessary for proper growth and development. Volunteers have the opportunity to take patient vitals, obtain patient history and current symptoms, shadow and assist licensed physicians and dentists, participate in preventative education, and fill prescriptions under a licensed pharmacist. Volunteers will become familiar with the prevalent health issues in their community and learn about how to prevent and treat those illnesses. These brigades provide each volunteer with the opportunity to make a tangible impact on a specific community while gaining real life experience in the field of international medicine and dentistry.
$38,341
of $39,258
98%
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0
volunteers needed

Pitt Medical/Dental Brigade May 2013 Honduras
May 07, 2013 - May 13, 2013

Volunteers on Medical and Dental Brigades work closely together with licensed medical and dental professionals to provide quality health initiatives to a community that otherwise has limited access to health care. Volunteers spend three days in a community in order to optimize the amount of time patients are able to spend with the physicians and dentists. Each patient receives a physician consultation, public health talk, and prescribed medicines as well as have access to PAP smears, prostate exams and restorative dental care as necessary. Children, in addition, receive teeth cleaning, a fluoride treatment, and vitamins necessary for proper growth and development. Volunteers have the opportunity to take patient vitals, obtain patient history and current symptoms, shadow and assist licensed physicians and dentists, participate in preventative education, and fill prescriptions under a licensed pharmacist. Volunteers will become familiar with the prevalent health issues in their community and learn about how to prevent and treat those illnesses. These brigades provide each volunteer with the opportunity to make a tangible impact on a specific community while gaining real life experience in the field of international medicine and dentistry.
$76,538
of $79,150
97%
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0
volunteers needed

Medical and Dental Brigades at Pitt
May 05, 2012 - May 11, 2012

Thank you for you interest in Global Medical Brigades! 
The University of Pittsburgh Chapter of Global Medical Brigades is raising funds to purchase medications and medical supplies to bring to the mobile medical clinic in Honduras. There, our group will spend one week, May 5-11, 2012, organizing and running the clinic for one rural community. We are recruiting both passionate undergraduates as well as U.S. physicians and dentists as volunteers for the brigade.

Our group is responsible for collecting all of the medications that will be distributed by health care professionals and Pitt students to the residents of the community.

The second priority for our funds is to cover the program contribution of $750 for each student attending the brigade. 

The breakdown of the $750 is as follows: 
Brigade Logistics - $350
Program specific contributions - $100
Contributions to community programs, education, and student leadership - $104
*Program sustainability and perpetuation - $174
Credit card processing fee, insurance, legal fees, taxes - $30
Other - $25

*Between brigades, Global Medical Brigades\' in-country teams maintain relationships with the communities to provide follow-up. In Honduras, our Community Health Worker program empowers local leaders to perpetuate a consistent level of health care. 
Please see www.globalbrigades.org for more information on the brigade program and sustainability initiatives.

Please feel free to direct any questions or comments to pittgmb@gmail.com. 
In addition, more information about Pitt GMB\'s activities throughout the year and the brigade in May will be posted on our website: http://www.pitt.edu/~sorc/gmb/

Thank you for your generosity. It is donors like you who help turn student initiative ideas into a reality! We look forward to working with you in the future.

More information:
Medical Brigade volunteers set up medical clinics in pre-identified communities to provide healthcare where access is limited. Each community receives a brigade every 3-4 months and between brigades the in-country team maintains relationships with the communities to provide follow-up and conducts community health worker trainings to empower local leaders to perpetuate a consistent level of healthcare. 
Dental Brigade volunteers provide urgent and preventive dental services in communities with limited access to healthcare. Each of our community partners receives a brigade every 3 to 4 months where hundreds of patients are treated with fillings, cleanings and extractions, and are given dental hygiene workshops.
$59,985
of $66,000
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volunteers needed

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