Tell us about your partnerships
Lions Club - Our partnership with the Lions Club in Lambayeque, Peru, has been invaluable in enhancing local sustainability. The Lions Club publicizes our program through media, word of mouth and other channels, which brings in patients from all over the region who we would not be able to connect with alone.
Cafe Femenino – Cafe Femenino, a fair-trade coffee importer, has a strong infrastructure and network set up in Peru. Improved health for children is a particular goal of Cafe Femenino and allows FACES to collaborate with them in training local representatives.
Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your innovation? If so, where and why?
Our goal is to educate others about the utility of this connectivity system. We believe the power is in an easily replicable model. We are working on strengthening the FACES Connectivity Model and presenting it in different forums – locally, through research papers and in academic presentations. The model was recently present at the American Cleft Palate Association conference at Harvard Medical School and at Oregon Health and Science University. This is a multilevel effort to 1) develop the model and, 2) educate people about its power.
What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?
FACES Foundation believes in collaborative efforts locally and internationally. Local efforts are pursued in Portland, OR, with the parent organization for Cafe Femenino, as well as Oregon Health and Science University. We have a dedicated and innovate Board and Advisory Board. The strategic plan for FACES is focused on sustaining the programmatic aspects of our mission. As is well known, a non-profit must also be a successful business. This is a reality that is being addressed with great vigor by the Board.
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