Tell us about your partnerships
Primeros Pasos is funded through the Inter-American Health Alliance (IAHA), Change for Children, the GlobeMed at chapter at Georgetown University, and a number of individual donors. The clinic has partnerships with the local Universidad de San Carlos. We serve as a placements sight for fourth year medical students completing clinical rotations, seventh year dental students completing their practicum, and interns in social work and psychology. In the United States, Primeros Pasos partners with Vanderbilt, Virginia, Boston, Georgetown, and Emory Universities.
Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your innovation? If so, where and why?
Primeros Pasos will be targeting the four most isolated communities within the Palajunoj Valley as the locations for mobile clinics, both medical and dental. Primeros Pasos' mission is to serve the needs of the Palajunoj Valley and therefore will be staying within those geographical confines. The communities have been selected based on geographical inaccessibility, keeping in mind that the mobile clinics program is intended to increase access to health care and preventative health education to populations in rural Guatemala who will have difficulty arriving at the clinic itself.
What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?
By staying within the Palajunoj Valley and working closely with community leaders and within the communities themselves, particularly by carrying out the mobile clinics in the local elementary schools, Primeros Pasos has built up the trust and confidence of the Valley communities. Our relationship with universities both within Guatemala and the United States provides a steady stream of medical students and other volunteers which allows the clinic to carry out the various programs all of which rely on the human and financial resources that the volunteers bring with them. Mobile clinics, both dental and medical, provide important learning tools to students and volunteers and bring needed services to isolated communities in the Palajunoj Valley.
Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list
Primeros Pasos is always looking to build up mutually beneficial partnerships with other NGOs and organizations. We are looking for talented individuals to support the clinic in a number of ways including grant writing, statistical analysis, website design, and translation as well as on-site volunteers to implement our various programs.