Brecken Chinn Swartz


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Name: Brecken Chinn Swartz
Organization: HandReach
Title: Executive Director
Brecken Chinn Swartz, Ph.D., has served as the Executive Director of HandReach since its founding in 2002. With an academic and professional career in communication, international affairs, and educational development, her dream is to bring the best hands in the world together to address the devastating loss of human capital caused by untreated trauma injuries. Dr. Chinn Swartz finds her greatest inspiration in her adopted daughter Zhou Lin, who at age 11 survived an explosion that nearly cost her legs and hands. Zhou Lin, now a freshman at Dean College in Franklin, MA, has now fully recovered and assists with HandReach's work in China.

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HandReach fosters the full rehabilitation of children injured by trauma by integrating surgery, orthopedics, rehabilitation, nursing, and psychosocial care.