Tell us about your partnerships
HandReach has links with the Phoenix Society, the world’s largest association of burn survivors, as well as with Shriners Hospitals, Massachusetts General Hospital, the Jaycees Burn Center, the US Army Surgical Research Institute, the University of Maryland, Tufts University, Curry College, Northeastern University, and with our partner institutions in China, including 512Children.org, Overseas Saving the Chinese Children Foundation (OSCCF), A Life A Time Foundation, the China Federation of the Disabled, the Chinese Red Cross, Angel Moms, and Aixin Foundation.
Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your innovation? If so, where and why?
HandReach has been invited to hold burn clinics in India, Indonesia, Ghana, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Ecuador, and El Salvador, but we have held back from opening new programs until we have a deep well of expertise and resource management practices running fluidly in China. We desire to base major hubs in large countries with strong infrastructural capability, so India may be our next site (to leverage its technological resources as we expand telemedicine presence), followed by the strongest hospital centers we can find in West Africa and Latin America.
What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?
Because HandReach's model is based around integrating the five crucial elements of care, our internal communication must be open, transparent, collegial, and based around a deep respect for each other's disciplines and utmost dedication to full healing of the children we serve. As such, our team spends regular time together developing relationships through clinical exchange, therapeutic drumming, and social gatherings. We are all responsible for fundraising and outreach within our respective communities, and we prioritize doing all we can to equalize resources between the professions so that we can model a truly equal, inclusive model of interdisciplinary cross-pollination among units overseas that are historically fragmented and weighed down by hierarchies of age, gender, and politics.
Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list
HandReach innovates -- firstly in terms of best practices in pediatric trauma care, but also in networking, communication, and expressive therapies. However, we are very small and could benefit greatly from consulting and mentoring in technological possibilities, legal issues, and marketing outreach. We seek to collaborate with fostering wellness for children injured by trauma.