This year’s 2019 Rich Man Poor Man (RMPM) proceeds will be shared with our three amazing partners: Calgary Student Run Clinic, Street CCRED (community capacity, research, education and development), and the Kigezi Health Care Foundation (KIHEFO).
The University of Calgary SRC (Student Run Clinic) aims to provide accessible, quality healthcare for underserved populations in Calgary. With the help of physicians and student volunteers, it aims to increase access to primary care services and provide educational programs, health counselling, social and community services.
Street CCRED is a community-based response to the suffering of Calgary’s most vulnerable citizens. It is an inclusive collaboration of volunteers, front-line service providers, academics and agencies that grassroots initiatives supporting the care for vulnerable citizens. Initiatives they have launched include but are not limited to the Calgary Allied Mobile Palliative Program, Medical Respite for the Homeless, and the Managed Alcohol program. Proceeds raised by RMPM will help to support the establishment of a new initiative focusing on community-driven overdose prevention in Calgary.
The Kigezi Health Care Foundation (KIHEFO), is a local not-for-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to community development in Kabale, Uganda. KIHEFO responds to the needs identified by individuals and communities by using a bottom-up, community led approach, in which individual people and village groups are given the necessary care, resources and tools to become healthy, productive community members. Proceeds raised by RMPM will help to support improved access to KIHEFO’s cervical cancer screening and treatment program for women in rural settings.
Last year’s Rich Man Poor Man (2018) proceeds were donated to the following three partners: Calgary Student Run Clinic, SHINE (Students for Health Innovation and Education) and Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST)
SHINE (Students for Health Innovation and Education) SHINE is a student run group that focuses on bridging the gap between public health and medicine. Students in SHINE are involved in developing, implementing and evaluating research or community projects by partnering with community-based organizations at on-reserve schools, remand centres, and refugee clinics.
The department of Family Medicine and Community Practice, at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), seeks to train specialists in Family Medicine (FM) each year. The FM specialist is equipped with a wide range of medical knowledge and skills, and the training also focuses on the development of cultural competency, attitudes that promote holistic health care provision within a community, and health care leadership skills. The purpose of this training is to address the human resource needs in underserved rural communities where more than 80% of the country’s population resides.