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Working through hospitals, clinics and other health facilities, we can reduce preventable illness and death and improve overall individual and family health at the community level. This clinic-to-community model links treatment services to disease prevention and health education.  We are developing and providing proven systems of care for newborn, maternal and child healthmental health,diabetes and hypertension. And the cornerstone of much of our work in each community focuses on empowering, informing and educating community health workers and leaders – building a stronger health care system so they can become the critical link connecting their community to good health and beyond. 

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Diabetes and Hypertension

Diabetes and hypertension can lead to serious health problems, often leading to disability and death. 

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    Mental Health

    One in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives.

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      Maternal and Child Health

      At no other time is the need for immediate quality medical care more crucial than at birth and during the first years of a child’s life.

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        Strengthen Health Care

        We focus on strengthening community health care – by rebuilding or expanding local health facilities, empowering, informing and training health workers and extending the capabilities of the local health system.

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          Health at the Center of the Community

          Building community health begins with meeting people in the community “where they are”. Our work involves careful and purposeful listening to members of the community who are active in a community network that includes those most affected by a health challenge, then identifying resources and developing plans that reflect the unique needs and aspirations of that community. Health programs rise out of the unique circumstances of the individual community and revolve around support for a local health center.  Americares invests in local health centers: When local health centers thrive, so do people in their communities—with better health, more opportunities and increasingly productive lives. 

          • To improve maternal and child health in Liberia for example, traditional midwives played an important role in building trust for a maternal and child clinic that we opened. The result: more safe deliveries, healthy moms and babies.
          • To address the growing threat from diabetes and hypertension in our local communities, we discovered that people who lacked health care access needed longer term support to manage chronic disease and that gave rise to initiatives such as the Health Coach program at Americares Free Clinic in Danbury CT
          • As part of an increasing mental health focus on the frontlines of our emergency response programs, we are training health workers and first responders in places such as Puerto Rico and Philippines to better identify, assess and respond to the mental health and psychosocial needs of patients in communities at risk while protecting their own wellbeing in times of crisis.
          • A healthier community needs a stronger health system. In Nepal, Philippines, Dominica and many other places around the world we are building back better, stronger, more sustainable – dozens of health centers, while training and supporting health workers to provide quality care.