This process has been really good. A bit on the painful side – but incredibly helpful to the quality of our efforts. Prior to the global challenge – we were an organization with a number of different moving parts. In fact, it was sometimes hard for people to fully understand the “who” and “what” of Health Bridges. Now, more than at any other time in our history – it feels like the “who, what and why” of HBI are fully aligned.
This alignment has come about because of the challenges exposed by the pandemic. We simply couldn’t keep doing so many things . . . the quarantine social distancing requirements and travel restrictions made it impossible. Instead, we took inventory of our collective efforts – including a full review of our partners – and honed our efforts. We’ve focused on helping the families in our Ines Project to have the resources and support to best care for the complex needs for their children living with a disability. We’ve charged full steam ahead into defining and refining our Center of Excellence model for serving formerly abandoned youth and young adults (in our new Tigre Project). We’ve curated a list of online trainings to expand the impact and reach of our neonatal resuscitation program and our emergency first responders project.
What we’ve found in this process is this – by focusing our efforts on expanding and advancing child welfare systems and structures and training healthcare professionals to be better prepared to save lives – we are utilizing the collective talents and skills of our team to the highest extent. Sure, in the face of COVID – we’ve found ourselves dancing a bit of a dance to help where needed – but one thing has remained clear . . . our dance may change a little, but the songs we are dancing with are the same.
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