Rural Primary Care and Resident Global Health Education
In collaboration with the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), Hillside Health Care International, established in 2004, operates as a faith-based facility providing health care to an underserved population. Several MCW staff physicians, nurses, and therapists return annually to provide rotating clinical care. MCW staff physicians also provide on-site global health resident education.
Pediatric Resident Global Health Education
Dr. Kaeppler supports the Pediatric Global Health Track which provides Pediatrics and Medicine/Pediatrics Residents with opportunities to develop and learn global health medicine at home and abroad. The partner in Belize is Hillside Health Care Clinic in Eldridgeville (near Punta Gorda).
Strengthening Emergency Care in Belize
Dr. Zosel is involved in strengthening medical toxicology at Karl Heusner Hospital.
Teledermatology in Belize
Dr. Wilson, and the dermatology department, provide faculty teledermatology consultations to Hillside Clinic in Belize.
Belize Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services Consultation
Dr. Weston worked with BERT (Belize Emergency Response Team) to enhance their emergency services and with local emergency departments on medical knowledge, system based practice, and leadership skills.
Belize Ministry of Health, Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital-MCW Affiliation Agreement
Dr. Hargarten is the faculty lead for the affiliation agreement between MCW, the Belize Ministry of Health, and Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City, Belize. Signed in 2011, this agreement lays the groundwork for mutually beneficial educational opportunities and research partnerships between faculty, staff, physicians, residents, and students from all partners.
Strengthening Emergency Care in Belize
Dr. Sonnenberg and her team did didactic lectures with the physicians and nurses at Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital to help strengthen emergency care at the tertiary hospitals of Belize. The team also collected data about toxicology cases in Belize to allow toxicologists to provide future guidance on these cases.
M4 Elective in Belize
Dr. Hargarten leads an M4 elective in partnership with Hillside Health Care International. It includes outpatient clinic, mobile clinics into remote Garifuna, Creole, and Mayan villages, home visits, and community education programs.
Belize Teledermatology Project
Dr. Humphrey leads the store-and-forward teledermatology program between MCW Dermatology and Hillside Heath Care International.
Strengthening Trauma Care
Dr. Dodgion and Annette Bertelson, in collaboration with Dr. Hargarten and the Department of Emergency Medicine, have collaborated with Karl Heusner Hospital in Belize City to develop a plan to strengthen trauma care including implementing treatment protocols and increase ATLS training opportunities.
Impact of Social Determinants of Health on Non-communicable Diseases in Indigenous Populations
Dr. Egede and his team are focusing on the ways in which the social determinants of health have been shown to have an impact on the prevalence and management of a variety of non-communicable diseases. However, most of the research has been conducted in affluent populations, with very little done specifically in indigenous populations. Social determinants include conditions in which people are born, life, work, play, and age, and can be either protective or detrimental to health. As such, the goal of this project is to understand the role of culture, environment, social determinants, and genetics on the development, management, and care of non-communicable diseases in indigenous populations. This will be accomplished by collecting information from multiple indigenous populations to compare responses with minority groups in the United States, and to help understand the role of migration on health outcomes. Work will be conducted in Central America (Panama, Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Honduras) and East and Central Africa (Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Uganda). The long-term goal of this research is to develop lifestyle interventions to improve health outcomes in indigenous populations.
Teletoxicology in Belize
Dr. Stanton is the pharmacy lead for the teletoxicology project in Belize. Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) is the referral hospital for the country of Belize. A collaboration between the KHMH Accident and Emergency (A&E) department and the Wisconsin Poison Center are in development to assist clinicians at KHMH in management of poisonings seen in Belize. KHMH has been collecting baseline data on poisoned patients including, but not limited to, alcohol, pesticides, and allergic reactions. Dr. Stanton's team gave lectures to the A&E and hospital staff on management of paraquat, salicylates, acetaminophen, and a general approach to a toxicology patient. The University of Belize is starting a baccalaureate program in pharmacy and Dr. Stanton's team met with administration from the school to discuss potential future research and education opportunities between KHMH and MCW.