Health—General & Rehabilitative

GROUNDS FOR HEALTH

  • Williston, VT
  • http://www.groundsforhealth.org/

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.

Main Programs

  1. Cervical Cancer Screening and Treatment

service areas

International

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ruling year

2001

chief executive

Ms. August Burns

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Keywords

cervical cancer, international health care, coffee comunities, health education programs

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EIN

03-0367185

Also Known As

GFH, Grounds for Health

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Health Treatment Facilities (Primarily Outpatient) (E30)

Nonmonetary Support N.E.C. (E19)

Community Health Systems (E21)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

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.

Programs

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Program 1

Cervical Cancer Screening and Treatment

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.

Category

Health Care

Budget

Population Served

Female Adults

service areas

International

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Grounds for Health Inc
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30

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GROUNDS FOR HEALTH

Leadership

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Ms. August Burns

BIO

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

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Frank Dennis

Swiss Water Decaffeinated Coffee

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