Many of our residents and faculty physicians have a passion for underserved care. This interest is fulfilled through the work we do on the east side of Indianapolis, but also extends into rural Honduras through a partnership with the ENLACE foundation. ENLACE was founded by IU Family Physician Dr. Javier Sevilla and a clinic was established in the village of Las Lajas, Taulabe. Dr. Floripe Hernandez de Gonazalez operates the medical clinic there year round; clinical teams travel to Honduras, including Community Health Network’s residencies and the Kaiser Napa-Solano Family Medicine residency program, to bolster operations and outreach.
In February 2017, we sent our first interdisciplinary team for a 9-day trip. Trip participants have spanned the following disciplines: family medicine, podiatry, general surgery and pharmacy. Disease prevention, acute and chronic primary care, and community health engagement are the goals of the project. We returned in February 2018 and are planning our next trip for February 2019. We have had residents travel in their second or third year of their residency, and they have been able to use their CME funds toward their cost for their trip. We’ve also been generously supported through the Community Health Network Foundation.
2018 Care Team
2017 Care Team
We hold a one-week pre-travel didactic week for our participants to learn about travel medicine, tropical medicine and social determinants of health. Non-traveling residents have an opportunity to join in this educational week as an elective experience. Three of our East Family Medicine faculty, Dr. Aria Arrizabalaga, Dr. Maurice Henein and Dr. Sagi Mathew, have recent global health experience and are helping to lead Community Health Network’s efforts in this partnership.