PODEMOS began as a student initiative in the summer of 2008. It was pioneered by four students from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and a law student from the Moritz College of Law. Following a community needs assessment emphasizing epidemiology and the availability of medical resources, PODEMOS identified three medically underserved communities with which to build a sustainable partnership. This initial dialogue cemented the foundation for friendship and trust between the students and their future patients.
PODEMOS returned to El Progreso in the winter of 2008 with a physician and a team of medical students to establish its first clinical intervention. Using medicines purchased or donated in the US, PODEMOS set up a makeshift clinic and pharmacy within the communities it had visited. During the first week, 300 patients were cared for, a medical records system was developed and a handful of patients were provided with care for diabetes and hypertension. Following this initial success, PODEMOS has expanded to include pharmacy and nurse practitioner students. PODEMOS continues to provide semiannual clinical service trips to address both acute and chronic medical problems in the communities it serves. In addition it employs a part time community health worker that oversees monitoring and care of pregnant women and patients with chronic conditions during the time PODEMOS team members are not in country.
In order to support PODEMOS’s continued growth, the organization is seeking 501c3 tax exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service. The Cleveland based law firm, Tucker Ellis & West, LLP, is currently preparing the required paper work. An exemption letter is expected in early 2011.
The Partnership for Ongoing Developmental, Educational, and Medical Outreach Solutions (PODEMOS) strives to provide both essential primary care services to marginalized communities in Honduras and a valuable educational experience to its student participants at The Ohio State University. Our foundation is built upon the concept that consistent short-term interventions can provide important long-term value to patients who would otherwise have no access to management of chronic or debilitating conditions. By focusing on an interdisciplinary approach, innovative medical record keeping, and relationship-centered care, we are making strides toward our goal of providing an essential sustainable service to our patients. Our vision is to create a site for long term outreach and clinical care where health professional students can be directly involved in caring for and learning from patients from the marginalized populations in Honduras.
Our vision is to create a site for long term outreach and clinical care where medical and health professional students can be directly involved in caring for and learning from patients from the marginalized populations in Honduras. In our vision of the future we hope to reach out to, employ and empower members of the Honduran healthcare community to care for patients in these communities. Likewise we envision a teaching role and medical cultural exchange between these medical professionals and the students that assist in patient care.
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Goal 1: To continue to provide safe and consistent medical care to our patients in Honduras.
- Objective 1.1: Ensure sustainable care to the communities we serve through biannual medical trips during the months of June and December.
- Objective 1.2: Continue to recruit high quality physicians and certified nurse practitioners to serve as trip providers with PODEMOS.
- Objective 1.3: Increase intra-team consistency to maximize time and resources during medical trips by maintaining focus on specific goals.
- Objective 1.4: Strengthen in country relationships with medical providers and supporters
- Objective 1.5: Hire in-country employees who may serve as Community Health Workers (CHW) to serve as liaisons between PODEMOS and other health organizations and ensure sustainability between short term interventions.
- Objective 1.6: Develop effective medical record documentation through personal medical passports.
- Objective 1.7: Develop standards of care and quality indicators to assess our progress in meeting said standards
- Objective 1.8: Long term, develop a clinical facility to serve as a base for medical interventions, a depot for in country supplies and an office location for year round health care provision for Community Health Workers.
Goal 2: To create opportunities for medical student and health professional student development in global health.
- Objective 2.1: Continue to make PODMEOS a sought after educational experience by graduate and professional students.
- Objective 2.2: Create new opportunities for formal academic recognition of participation through incorporation into the OSU Global Health Curriculum Certificate Program
Goal 3: Create a financially sustainable organization with the necessary tools to expand the scope of service and make the PODEMOS experience affordable for students and providers.
- Objective 3.1: Raise funds from diverse sources with the goal of reaching $100,000 dollars in endowment funds by 2015
Goal 4: Continue to generate high quality academic publications and presentations by developing data about outcomes measures, patient compliance and predictors of health.
- Objective 4.1: Encourage summer research by new PODEMOS members, focusing on measures of compliance and health outcomes.
- Objective 4.2: Continue to seek out opportunities to present research
- Objective 4.3: Continue to collaborate with local interests in the development of descriptive data regarding the communities we serve.
- Objective 4.4: Develop strategies to share collected data with the communities we serve to ensure that community members are involved in development of future initiatives.