Camille Stover, clinical assistant professor for the Department of Respiratory Care, was one of 33 health professionals who traveled to Santo Domingo, Ecuador on August 2-10 in an effort to bring primary healthcare clinics to communities in need.
Stover traveled with Timmy Global Health, an organization that works to expand access to healthcare and empower students and volunteers to tackle today’s most pressing global health challenges. These efforts are made by sending medical service teams to work with international partners of the organization to bring healthcare and other services to numerous global communities.
Stover traveled with a team comprised of one emergency room physician, a hospitalist, three Ecuadorian family practice physicians, two pharmacists, seven nurses, one respiratory therapist, one social worker, a Spanish professor, six Ecuadorian medical students, two Timmy Global Health program coordinators, one community partner liaison and six general volunteers.
This was Stover’s fourth trip as she had previously traveled with Timmy Global Health to bring primary health clinics to communities in Ecuador, Dominican Republic and Guatemala. Each visit attempts to build primary healthcare systems in these communities that lack access to necessary healthcare.
For Stover and other volunteers, this included basic healthcare procedures that mainly served as checkups and educational visits where volunteers could talk about the importance of clean drinking water, a balanced diet, and washing hands before preparing food.
Additionally, Timmy Global Health has worked to build referral networks for the communities that they visit; these referrals allow patients to get various imaging studies, laboratory work, surgeries and an opportunity to see specialists that are outside of the scope of these primary care clinics. Stover assisted in reporting and providing such referrals for the community members she provided care for.
“I’m so grateful for the opportunities to travel with Timmy Global Health and provide primary health clinics to the people of these communities,” said Stover. “These trips have given me the opportunity to explore healthcare abroad, the role education and social norms play on health disparities, and the impact of language barriers in healthcare.”
“As a respiratory therapist, I see the role of respiratory care growing on these trips. Many of the communities I have traveled to have a large incidence of chronic respiratory diseases. We have the skills to help educate patients on managing their chronic diseases and finding a drug regimen that works for that patient.”
Stover plans to continue to travel with Timmy Global Health. If you are interested in traveling with her or Timmy Global Health to bring primary health clinics to numerous global communities contact Camille Stover at (208) 426-3672 or firstname.lastname@example.org
-By Taylor Music