Behind the Scenes

October 25, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Throughout my fellowship I have had the opportunity to view first hand some of the training programs that Project HOPE (PH) manages and I have had the opportunity to meet with key stakeholders who are vital to the success of the PH Shanghai programs along with visiting some of the patients who are benefiting from PH’s programs.


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US Consulate General Shanghai, Seth Patch; SCMC President, Dr. Liu

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Jenny Xu, Tanya, and Lily Hsu 

Tanya, Mike, Lily, Tibetan child

Mike Maves, Lily  and Tanya visit Tibetan Children with Congenital Heart Disease @ SCMC

Tanya, Mike, Lily, Tibetan families

 

These strategic partners, whether they are providing financial aid, human resources, or tactical/strategic advice, are instrumental to the success of PH Shanghai’s projects and the health of Chinese nationals who benefit from the care provided by the health care professionals trained by PH Shanghai. The impact meeting these people and patients have had on me will be lasting. The passion and professionalism displayed by the key stakeholders motivates me as I think about how I can carry my enthusiasm forward and make an impact on the underserved in the U.S.

 

Aside from providing guidance on how to improve PH Shanghai’s training programs and helping PH achieve their goal of providing online training, I have also had the pleasure of editing important documents and material that project HOPE disseminates in English. Below are some highlights of these projects:

  • Most Meaningful Editing Project: English version of the poem SCMC sent to Comer Children’s Hospital upon learning about the untimely death of Dr. Donald Liu. Dr. Liu often traveled to SCMC to train pediatricians and also hosted physicians when they traveled to Chicago for training.
  • Most Impactful Editing Project: The final editing and proofing of the Project HOPE global NCD manual that previous fellow Connie Lieu wrote. This manual will assist field offices with developing programs targeting NCD prevention, treatment, and patient management.
  • Most Fun Editing Project: Cervical Cancer Fan that is handed out to women who attend the Free Cervical Cancer screenings. The fans discuss HPV, pap smears, and cervical cancer prevention and treatment.
  • Most Celebratory Editing Project: Rural Training 10 year anniversary invitation and program, which chronicles the inception and progress of the program for the past ten years.
  • Most Significant Editing Project: SCMC Memorandum of Understanding with Georgia Health Sciences University, Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center to establish a collaborative program for health program consultation – this project was more than editing, I provided some consultation based on my experience with developing RFPs and SOWs. Naturally, I recommended that they had a lawyer give it a final look over before it was sent out to parties to sign.

I have worked on additional editing projects of various sizes. Because Project HOPE is an international charity, it is important that Project HOPE accurately disseminates communications in proper English. I am honored to have been able to assist.

 

My experience in China has been positive. I will miss working with the Project HOPE Shanghai team: Lily, Jenny, GU, Lisa, Niki, Tracy, and interns Amy and Sandy. I am impressed with Lily’s leadership, her ability to identify the talents of each member of her staff and capitalize on them. I am also impressed with her vision – the go forward strategy of adding eLearning to the Rural Training Program is a strong one and will in no doubt result in Project HOPE reaching more health care professionals in rural parts of China. The capability of the staff at the Project HOPE Shanghai office, the passion they bring to their work, and the sheer volume of work they are able to manage, all with a positive attitude and a smile, is quite impressive.

 

Thanks Project HOPE for the opportunity to bring value to your organization. Thanks Pfizer for this opportunity to volunteer in such a meaningful way and also help Pfizer realize its goal of making the world a healthier place.

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