Contact: Joe Smith

(423) 439-4317

January 13, 2009

 

Niswonger Foundation contributes $20K to ETSU College of Public Health

JOHNSON CITY - To provide international public health training opportunities for students, the Niswonger Foundation is contributing $20,000 to East Tennessee State University's College of Public Health.  This funding will support the new Frist Global Health Scholars Program.

Established by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, the program will allow the College of Public Health to offer international field placement experiences.  Funding from the Niswonger Foundation will be used to support three ETSU students who will live, work, and learn in a developing country as part of their educational training.

"The Niswonger Foundation's generosity is a major boost for public health education," said Dr. Randy Wykoff, ETSU Dean of Public Health.  "There is a dire need for more public health leaders, and graduates who have an international perspective will have a more comprehensive understanding of their profession.  Our students' knowledge of public health and community-based programs here in the United States can be of tremendous value in developing countries.

"We are grateful to Senator Frist and the Niswonger Foundation for providing this exciting and innovative learning opportunity for our students."

Wykoff said ETSU students participating in the program will receive on-site mentoring from qualified health professionals working in those communities and will oversee public health intervention programs addressing concerns such as clean water and sanitation, insect/disease control, maternal education, child survival, or environmental remediation.  All ETSU undergraduate and graduate public health students are required to complete a field internship. 

Speaking of the Foundation's contribution to this program, Mr.Scott M. Niswonger stated:  "A major goal of the Niswonger Foundation is to prepare our region's future leaders to face changes and challenges. Health care is a major concern for our region and beyond. The Frist Global Health Scholars Program along with the efforts of the ETSU College of Public Health will provide these future public health professionals the opportunity to gain an exceptional understanding of their field of study by providing them the chance to address health issues on an international scale. We are proud to be part of this extraordinary educational endeavor." 

The Greeneville, Tennessee based Niswonger Foundation is the brainchild of businessman and philanthropist Scott M. Niswonger, who remains the Foundation's sole benefactor.  The mission of the Foundation is: "To create opportunities for individual and community growth through education."  Further information regarding this Foundation can be found at www.niswongerfoundation.org.

 

 

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Saturday, January 10, 2008

We had a fantastic event on Saturday morning with the women of Grace Chapel Church here in Leipers Fork, TN. What an amazing bunch of women!

A few months ago, my good friend Reese Smith introduced the Knit One, Save One Campaign, a national grassroots effort launched by the global humanitarian organization Save the Children and the Warm Up America Foundation, to his wife, Emily, an avid knitter and member of the "Knitting with Grace" club at the church. The initiative aims to draw attention to the 4 million newborns that die each year in the first month of life in the developing world.  Participants are asked to make a baby cap, and are also encouraged to write a personal note to President-elect Barack Obama urging him to lead the way to save millions of babies globally.

Emily Smith, Beth Ann Bright, Mary Bit Mahaffey and a number of other women in the group committed to 100 caps. And, like the story of the loaves and the fishes, they just multiplied exponentially! Saturday, the "Knitting with Grace" club presented me with over 500 knitted caps and over 500 caps made by machine. Over 1000 caps!

These little caps will each be shipped, along with thousands from all 50 states to pregnant women and new moms and their babies in Save the Children's programs in Africa and Asia. Hypothermia is a contributing cause of death for newborns, especially small babies unable to maintain their body temperature. To keep infants safe and warm, these little caps will be given for them to wear along with helpful advice to moms about hygiene and breastfeeding. These little caps will be a key component of a life saving package.

It was so exciting to see the amazing work these women had done. Thank you Grace Chapel Church for your initiative, advocacy, awareness-raising, and hard work for the least of these.

To read more about the campaign, and see how many caps Americans have made, go here:  www.savethechildren.org/knitonesaveone.  The deadline for the project has been extended to January 31st. Let us know if you would like to be involved!

Best,

Bill Frist

AS Barack Obama works to reinvigorate America's standing in the world, foreign aid will be one of his most precise tools of statecraft. Ever since the Marshall Plan helped rebuild Europe after World War II, aid has been instrumental in winning hearts and minds and catalyzing global economic growth that has contributed to America's prosperity.


WHO:

Staff and employees of the Amai Pakpak Medical Center; local citizens of the Marawi region; and several distinguished visitors, including Undersecretary of the Presidential Commission on the Visiting Forces Agreement, Edilberto Adan; Lanao del Sur First Lady to the Governor, Raifa Adiong; Professor Paladan Badron, Marawi City Administrator (on behalf of Mayor Fahad Salic, al Hadj); Dr. Amer Saber, Chief of APMC; Lt. Gen. Nelson Allaga, AFP WESMINCOM Commander; Brig. Gen. Magalso, AFP 1st Infantry Division Deputy Commander; Col. Rey Ardo, AFP 103rd Brigade Commander; Colonel Bill Coultrup, Commander of the JSOTF-P; and Mr. Harold Wolf, President and CEO of ENDEC, Inc.

WHAT:

With the cut of a ceremonial ribbon, leaders from across the Mindanao region inaugurated the new Amai Pakpak Medical Center (APMC)-just 8 months from when the U.S. Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines awarded a contract employing local workers to build the new Center. The U.S. provided $660,058 (US) to fill the void left by a 2006 fire that destroyed the former facility.

Government, medical, civic, and military leaders were on hand to celebrate the occasion with a crowd of about 100 Marawi citizens, including many doctors, nurses, and staff from the APMC.

Colonel Bill Coultrup, Commander of the JSOTF-P-who attended the ground-breaking ceremony last spring-gave keynote remarks. Additional speakers and distinguished guests included: Undersecretary of the Presidential Commission on the Visiting Forces Agreement, Edilberto Adan; Lanao del Sur First Lady to the Governor, Raifa Adiong; Professor Paladan Badron, Marawi City Administrator (on behalf of Mayor Fahad Salic, al Hadj); Dr. Amer Saber, Chief of APMC; Lt. Gen. Nelson Allaga, AFP WESMINCOM Commander; Brig. Gen. Magalso, AFP 1st Infantry Division Deputy Commander; Col. Rey Ardo, AFP 103rd Brigade Commander; and Mr. Harold Wolf, President and CEO of ENDEC, Inc.

"This will make a big difference in the lives of the people of Marawi and the people of Lanao," said Secretary Adan, who, on behalf of the people of the Philippines, thanked the U.S. for making the project a priority.

Professor Badron referred to the new Center and its medical staff under Dr. Saber, as "a ray of hope" for the people of the Lanao region.

In keynote remarks, Col. Coultrup spoke of the new building's genesis, following the fire of 2006. "The Marawi community incurred a great loss when the former Amai Pakpak Medical Center was destroyed by fire in 2006," he said. "One of the first things the Armed Forces of the Philippines did was to team up with medical professionals here in Marawi, as well as one of our liaison teams [from JSOTF-P] to conduct a Medical Civic Action Program."

Just two weeks after the fire, "The MEDCAP immediately provided free medical aid to people of the Marawi area," he said. Approximately 1,000 patients were seen.

"Then, in concert with our AFP partners, we found funding for the project...and just eight months ago, I remember challenging the contractor to get the project done by December. And they came through and produced exactly what was needed. It's a job well done and shows the excellent work of the people of Marawi who helped to construct this beautiful building," said Coultrup, noting that this wouldn't be the last demonstration of teamwork between the people of the Lanao region, the AFP, and the US military.

To the tune of traditional music from the region, a troupe of APMC employees in cultural dress capped off the ceremony with a series of entertaining dances.

BUILDING SPECS:

The new, two-story Center is approximately 11 meters by 51 meters. A regional hospital, it will serve the medical care and medical training needs of the region's communities.

The contract's statement-of-work for the contract included provisions for:

• Laboratory
• Radiology
• Intensive Care Unit Complex
• Central Supply & Sterilizing Room (CSSR)
• Private Rooms
• Connecting Link Bridge to the Operating Room Complex
• Connecting Link Bridge to Emergency Room Complex and Operating Room Complex
• Ramp to Laboratory & Radiology
• Main Stair of Laboratory/Radiology & Admin Building
• 2nd Story Waiting Lounge
• Hospital Bed Type Elevator
• Fire Alarm/Fire Protection System

WHEN:
6 December 2008.

WHERE:
Amai Pakpak Medical Center, Marawi, Lanao region of Central Mindanao.

WHY:
A regional hospital, it will serve the medical care and medical training needs of the surrounding communities whose population is about 50,000.

PHOTOS:
1. Visitors arrive for the inauguration of the new Amai Pakpak Medical Center on 6 Dec 2008.
2. Distinguished guests, from left: Mr. Harold Wolf, President and CEO of ENDEC, Inc.; Brig. Gen. Magalso, AFP 1st Infantry Division Deputy Commander; Lanao del Sur First Lady to the Governor, Raifa Adiong; Undersecretary of the Presidential Commission on the Visiting Forces Agreement, Edilberto Adan; Colonel Bill Coultrup, Commander of the JSOTF-P; Lt. Gen. Nelson Allaga, AFP WESMINCOM Commander; Professor Paladan Badron, Marawi City Administrator; and Dr. Amer Saber, Chief of APMC.

Well, it's hard to believe that December is upon us, and that I've been here three months already. Africare--Sierra Leone recently welcomed Vicki Johnson to our office, who is joining us as our new Country Representative.


CCM Artist Sara Groves invites listeners of Christian Radio this Holiday season to "Share the Joy" of giving by supporting new mothers in developing nations to have safe deliveries and healthy, warm newborns. A gift of $10 will help provide newborn care kits for mothers so the chances of their newborns surviving the risky first month of life are improved. The kit contains items to improve hygiene at delivery and promote proper care of newborns, and will be paired with health worker counseling to support new moms on issues like exclusive breastfeeding. The kit’s contents vary by country and may contain items such as soap for hand washing, a new blade for cutting the umbilical cord and a clean string for tying the cord. Each kit will be coupled with a hand-made cap, knitted or crocheted by a caring person who took part in Save the Children's Knit One, Save One campaign, and will keep the baby warm during the first critical hours and days after birth.

Sara's radio spot reads as follows:

Hope through Healing Hands-A Better Beginning for Babies this Christmas

(To hear the spot, please click HERE.)

Hi, I'm Sara Groves.

During the Holiday season, we reflect upon the humble beginnings of a baby born in a manger over 2000 years ago.

But did you know that babies are still born in stables and on dirt floors in parts of Africa and Asia today?

Over 4 million newborns die each year; more than half from preventable or treatable causes.

That's why I am asking you to consider a simple gift for a new mother across the world: a NEWBORN CARE KIT.

This ten dollar kit, at HOPE THROUGH HEALING HANDS.ORG provides a new mother with the advice and supplies she needs to help her new baby survive.

Simple household practices that keep an infant clean and warm make for a better beginning for babies - even those born in the humblest of circumstances.

Go to HOPE THROUGH HEALING HANDS.ORG today and make a real difference this Christmas.

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Please join us today in caring for a new mother and her precious newborn baby this holiday season. With the simple gift of $10, you can save a life.

Contribute here.

 www.hopethroughhealinghands.org

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December 5, 2008 

Contact: Jenny Dyer

(615) 818-5579

Frist Launches New Website for Hope through Healing Hands

Nashville, Tenn. - Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D. has launched a new website for the nonprofit organization, Hope through Healing Hands: www.hopethroughhealinghands.org . Hope through Healing Hands is a 501(c)3 that promotes improved quality of life for communities around the world using health as a currency for peace. The new website showcases their latest work in partnership, global health scholars, and funding.

Dr. Frist stated, "I'm proud to announce the launch of Hope through Healing Hands' new website. We hope that this website will be a ‘home base' for those interested in global and domestic health issues." 

Executive Director Jenny Eaton Dyer, Ph.D. commented, "This new website uniquely offers simple ways everyone can make a difference in the lives of ‘the bottom billion' in the world. We hope it encourages people to move beyond awareness to action."

The new website allows for daily active engagement with updates on important issues like clean water, child survival, extreme poverty, and HIV/AIDS in the latest news. The new blog includes writings from various contributors, including Senator Frist, sponsored fellows, and others from their perspectives around the world.

Hope through Healing Hands has a strong list of "Take Action" steps to participate, beyond simply joining as a member. Interested individuals can choose from advocacy, education, volunteerism, community organizing, philanthropy, or involvement with other recommended nonprofit organizations.

Given Senator Frist's expertise and experience in health, at home and abroad, this website is a public face to his continued commitment to promote awareness about global disease and extreme poverty on behalf of the world's poorest.

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Hope through Healing Hands is a 501(c)3 promoting improved quality of life for communities around the world using health as a currency for peace. 

 

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