Community Health and Education Programs
ODIM’s efforts extend beyond medical services. With the intention of enabling prevention, an elevated quality of life and sustainable change, we have five programs that promote education and integrative care in our communities.
We aim to engage and empower participants in our programs by stimulating and supporting their intrinsic desire and capacity for growth; be it with a diabetic patient accepting and managing their disease, a scholarship student making honor roll, or a mother seeking to improve her children’s diet.
Our programs endeavor to be multi-faceted, evidence-based and culturally-aligned.
Healthy Mommy and Me
“Healthy Mommy and Me” is founded on the principles of the worldwide movement, the First 1000 Days. Studies prove that by bolstering nutrition, education and health practices from conception to a child’s second birthday, children can develop physically and mentally for healthy futures. This program could not be more relevant in Guatemala, where the rate of chronic malnutrition is one of the highest in the world. There are 4 intervention methods involved in this program: healthcare, education, supplementation and support groups.
Impact: This program is reaching 250 women and children.
For this program, we hit the schools, supplementing the students’ curriculum with the typically omitted subject of sexual health. Ranging from discussing sexuality to understanding anatomy to learning proper use of contraceptives; these classes aim to break taboos while remaining culturally respectful, in order to deliver an essential and otherwise neglected syllabus. We are beginning to diversify our curriculum to tackle such themes as healthy relationships, drug and alcohol abuse and balanced nutrition; while still covering fundamental modules of sexual health. In this way, we can support teenagers with the lessons that will be most influential to them and their life path in these formative years.
Impact: Approximately 300 youth reached in 2015.
Diabetes — Let's Walk Together
Between our two clinics we serve over 300 diabetic patients. The majority are Type 2 and all are invited to participate in our diabetes club, Caminemos Juntos (Let’s walk together). We meet the many challenges of inciting lifestyle change and breaking down social stigmas with lessons on the disease in a supportive environment with healthy snacks, and group exercise. Patients also receive monthly health consultations. Each year we hold a festival in the community to raise awareness and celebrate our dedicated participants.
Impact: Offering services to over 300 diabetes patients.
Costs associated to schooling often deny San Pablo children the fundamental right to education. Students are selected based on financial need and academic ambition, and receive a scholarship to cover the costs of their education. However, children are often times not given the guidance or time needed in the home and in the schools in order to truly excel. Therefore, ODIM staffs 3 teachers to provide group tutoring and enrichment classes to each of the 19 children involved. The mark of our success is youth continuing their education and pursuing higher-level studies.
Impact: Nineteen students pursuing their studies.
If you would like to learn more about our programs, reach out to Holly Burkoski at email@example.com.