CHISPA Global (ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NY)

Name

  • Name:Dr. Scott Elberger
  • Title:President

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:CHISPA Global
  • Address:135 bulson road
    ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NY 11570
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:516 7663648

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General

  • Mission:
  • CHISPA Global is dedicated to improving the health, well-being and empowerment of Central American communities through:
    Health and Medical Education
    Preventive Health
    Collaboration with local health-care providers, governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations

  • History:
  • CHISPA Global was formerly Pediatricians for Central America’s Children (PFCAC), a group that has been working in El Salvador, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic since 1990. The group began when several pediatricians from Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola ,NY, went down to El Salvador in response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Mitch. Two years later, earthquakes hit El Salvador and the group returned again to help in disaster relief. From these beginnings, the decision was made to form an NGO that would have an ongoing presence in Central America.
    Our initial missions were classic brigade style medical missions in which we would see 2-3000 patients on a week long trip. Our focus in the first trips were on children exclusively. However, early on we looked for greater sustainability. Working with a local nonprofit called Manos Amigas, PFCAC helped construct a clinic in the town of Miraflores. Miraflores is a small poor community that is just north of the airport in San Salvador, populated by subsistence farming families. The clinic, a four room cinderblock building, was located next to the local school and near the “taller” (shop) where local woman make artisan items for sale.
    The clinic was staffed by a physician and a nurse that were paid salaries through PFCAC and Manos Amigas. They represented the sole source of medical care that was within a distance that could be reached by the local population. Over the years, we supplied the clinic with medications, supplies, computers and our medical missions.
    As time went on our group was joined by ,many other health practitioners from many different specialties and during our missions we were able to offer a wider range of care to those who presented to our mission brigades.
    In response to concerns voiced by mission members, about the effectiveness of our brigades PFCAC began looking at ways to evolve into a group that would be involved in more sustainable activities. We realized that one of the basic changes we needed to make was to listen more to the needs of the community. As is common in medical mission work, we had assumed we had all the answers but hadn’t listened to the concerns of the people in the community.
    At a community meeting in Miraflores, we asked the community what they perceived as the most important needs to better their health. One community leader told us ”I know you bring medicines that are worth a lot of money but we would trade that for clean water for our children if we could”. From this meeting came the decision to build a clean well in the community and to reach out to other groups to help us with this endeavor. As we are not well drillers, we needed to work with other groups who could do what we couldn’t. We contacted Living Waters, another NGO, who we paid to dig a well deep enough to get to clean water. We were there when the well struck and it was like a scene from the Beverly Hillbillies. The water was subsequently tested and found to be clean of bacteria and other harmful substances.
    We began to reach out to other groups who we could collaborate with going forward. Collaborations
    Our work with Manos Amigas and Living Waters clarified the fact that collaborations with other groups would make us more effective as a group. Much of what we need to do to help the poor communities we work in involves infrastructure development, not medical care. So we began to reach out to other groups who we could collaborate with going forward.
    Our Future
    Our future plans are focused on building on the sustainable projects we’ve developed. Our major focus will be on education on all levels. We plan to continue our work in several fields, including:
    Medical education
    Working with local physicians to help them to develop their skills, learn new ones and have a source of continuing education
    Develop a telemedicine learning program
    Develop an exchange program between local doctors and US based institutions
    Local health provider education
    Providing education to local health promoters to bolster their skills
    Community education
    Working together with schools and community organizations to increase health literacy and to promote active engagement
    Oral Health
    Developing ongoing programs to improve community oral health

  • Year established:1998
  • Endowment:Unknown

Staff

  • Executive / Trustee board size:8
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:0

Registration

  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:11-3638718

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