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"The Art of Healing" IFMSA 10th Annual Silent Art Auction

This Wednesday, April 2nd the UK College of Medicine’s International Federation of Medical Students' Association, also known as IFMSA, will host their annual art auction. The 10th annual auction, "The Art of Healing," has raised thousands of dollars for the Shoulder-to-Shoulder Clinic in Santo Domingo, Ecuador. The Shoulder-to-Shoulder Clinic works together with communities to create and operate sustainable health, nutrition, and education services with equitable access for everyone.

Shoulder to Shoulder Sends Health Brigade to Ecuador

Shoulder to Shoulder Global recently led 49 University of Kentucky students, faculty, staff and community members in a multidisciplinary health brigade experience to Santo Domingo, Ecuador.

STSG is a UK-based organization that strives to improve the health and well-being of impoverished communities while offering learners the opportunity to work in a multicultural and interdisciplinary setting.

2013 Goodgiving Challenge is Huge Success for Shoulder to Shoulder Global


Thanks to wonderful donors, the 2013 GoodGiving Challenge for Shoulder to Shoulder Global was a huge success. More than $22,000 was received from 123 donors during the fundraising campaign, placing Shoulder to Shoulder Global 13th out of 108 non-profits. The strong finish is even more remarkable when considering that Shoulder to Shoulder Global was one of the smaller non-profits in the campaign.

A Universal Language

Dust flies up from the winding road, and puffy brown clouds hang over a tiny row of shacks scattered as far as the eye can see. A street dog races a truck past the porch where a leathery indigenous woman sits with a basket of strawberries she is selling for 25 cents a pound.

The dust clouds break and Dr. Tom Young smiles, throws open the door to the pediatric wing of the UK Clinic and snaps back across 3,000 miles to the land of fancy cars and fast food where he leads an organization focused on a far off region of simple resources and many struggles.

Eight Months in Santo Domingo

Dr. Nickl is a UK gastroenterologist currently spending an eight month sabbatical in Santo Domingo, Ecuador at Centro Medico Hombro a Hombro and working with the local public hospital.


STSG Accepting Applications for 2014 Brigades to Ecuador

5th Annual Global Health Conference: The Changing Landscape of Global Health

Mark your calendars for Friday, April 4th, 2014, 12:00pm - 5:00pm to attend the 5th Annual Global Health Conference at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Kresge Auditorium. This year's theme is: The Changing Landscape of Global Health.

In addition to interactive sessions on evidence-based medicine in global health and decision-making in resource-limited settings, the conference will also have interactive sessions on how to get started in global health for both students and health care professionals.

STSG Video

A grant from the College of Health Sciences to Physical Therapy faculty Dr. Lynn English funded the production of this video.


Letter from Returned Peace Corps Volunteer to Shoulder to Shoulder Global Office Reflects on Brigades

While the overall impact on community that STSG has had in Santo Domingo, Ecuador is still being explored, an indicator comes in the form of a letter from one of Shoulder to Shoulder Global's key partners in Santo Domingo, the Peace Corps volunteer, Ronald Ikechi-Ogbonna.  His letter was written at the close of his volunteer service in 2012:


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