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GROUNDS FOR HEALTH INC Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 05/02/2012: GROUNDS FOR HEALTH INC

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 08/11/2014: GROUNDS FOR HEALTH INC

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AKA  GFH, Grounds for Health
Waterbury, VT
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GROUNDS FOR HEALTH INC Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 05/02/2012: GROUNDS FOR HEALTH INC

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 08/11/2014: GROUNDS FOR HEALTH INC

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Also Known As: GFH, Grounds for Health
Physical Address: Waterbury, VT 05676 
EIN: 03-0367185
Web URL: www.groundsforhealth.org/ 
Blog URL: www.groundsforhealth.org/blog/ 
NTEE Category: E Health—General & Rehabilitative
E30 Health Treatment Facilities (Primarily Outpatient)
E Health—General & Rehabilitative
E19 Nonmonetary Support N.E.C.
E Health—General & Rehabilitative
E21 Community Health Systems
Ruling Year: 2001 
How This Organization Is Funded: Specialty Coffee Industry


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Mission Statement

Grounds for Health is an international non-profit organization founded to provide healthcare services to women in coffee-growing communities in Latin America and Africa. Our goal is to create sustainable and effective cancer screening programs with a primary focus on the early detection of cervical cancer, a leading cause of death among women in low-resource areas around the world.

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Annual Revenue & Expenses (IRS Form 990, October 2012)

Fiscal Year Starting: October 01, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: September 30, 2013

Total Revenue $776,639
Total Expenses $716,901

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Leadership (GuideStar Exchange,
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Ms. August Burns

Profile:

25 of experience in women's health and advocacy. Author of "Where Women Have No Doctor", now translated to 33 languages.

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Programs

Program: Cervical Cancer Screening and Treatment (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
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Category:
Health Care
Population Served:
Female Adults

Program Description:

Currently we work in Mexico, Nicaragua and, in 2009, in Tanzania. We collaborate with local clinics to bring a one week long screening and treatment campaigns with volunteers from US. We build effective, sustainable cervical cancer prevention and treatment services in these countries by training local healthcare providers to continue to deliver healthcare services to women after our campaigns end.

Program Long-Term Success:

More than 19,000 women screened since 1996

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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

Since 1996, Grounds for Health has screened over 16,000 women in coffee-growing communities for cervical cancer. Grounds for Health has come a long way since those first Paps. Today as an established 501(c)(3) organization, Grounds for Health has shifted its focus from direct service to knowledge-transfer, training, and education. While direct service is admirable, we can reach thousands more women by empowering local health care professionals to continue the work themselves, well after campaigns have ended. Grounds for Health educates communities in the Single Visit Approach, which has proven be the most effective way to screen for and treat cervical cancer in low-resource environments. Our paid staff and team of medical volunteers collaborate with regional coffee cooperatives, community members, and local health care professionals to increase awareness about cervical cancer, establish screening campaigns, and improve cancer-prevention infrastructure. Grounds for Health currently runs programs in Tanzania, Mexico and Nicaragua, and will continue to explore the possibilities for future sites. There is an overwhelming need for cervical cancer services all over the developing world. Grounds for Health is meeting this challenge head-on with simple, effective, and sustainable solutions.
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