SURFING MEDICINE INTERNATIONAL

Cooperative Sustainable Medicinal Plant Systems

Waialua, HI   |  www.surfingmedicine.org

Mission

To support, research, and create botanical remedies for human disease and water pollution.

Ruling year info

2007

Principal Officer

Guy A Ragosta

Co Principal Officer

Dr. Summer Ragosta

Main address

PO Box 548

Waialua, HI 96791 USA

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EIN

20-4953485

NTEE code info

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

IRS filing requirement

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

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There is currently a disconnect between conventional and traditional knowledge systems. Research scientists and medical professionals are working to solve humanity's greatest challenges in the areas of human health and natural resource protection. Indigenous communities are facing and tackling these same issues using a traditional knowledge paradigm. Surfing Medicine International aims to bridge the gaps between these two world views for a more complete answer to global problems.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Water Quality Research, Education, and Action

Water quality research in tropical watersheds. Results published in peer-reviewed science journals and links to articles posted on Surfing Medicine International website.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Collaborative longitudinal ethnomedicinal research with herbalists and scientists in rural coastal West Africa.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples

Support rural communities to conserve and perpetuate traditional knowledge and natural resources.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of job skills training courses/workshops conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Traditional Knowledge and Natural Resource Conservation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Native Hawaiian, Jamaican Maroon, and Fante Akan experts shared knowledge in rural Ghana about hand-carved surfboards (ecotourism ventures), native plant nursery, herbarium curation, ethnomedicine.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Surfing Medicine International aims to accomplish community-based, participatory research projects in rural areas of tropical America, West Africa, and the Caribbean. Our project designs improve local capacity to sustain natural resources and protect traditional knowledge.

Surfing Medicine International cultivates long-term collaborative relationships with individuals, leaders, organizations, governments, and institutions in the communities and regions we work in. We focus on good communication and participatory methods that aim to protect local intellectual property and rights.

Surfing Medicine International has a strong membership and a Board of Directors with the skills, experience, and qualifications required to accomplish our mission. Our co-founders, Guy A. Ragosta, Steve Bogle, and Summer Ragosta have over 60 years of collective experience working in the regions we serve.

Surfing Medicine International has established connections in rural Ghana and secured a building site for a rural clinic. In Jamaica, we have developed a monitoring protocol for herbalists. Cross-cultural studies in these two historically connected regions (West Africa and the Caribbean) have been conducted and published in peer-reviewed journals (Ethnobiology Letters and Jamaica Journal). In Hawai`i we coordinated a native seed planting program in collaboration with musicians at various concert venues.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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SURFING MEDICINE INTERNATIONAL

Board of directors
as of 2/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Guy Ragosta

Guy Ragosta

Summer Ragosta

Steve Bogle

Chad Durkin

Elaine Dupont

Marcello Parisi

Michael McMahan

Jay Oku

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No