While several states have raised the alarm on the spread of the new coronavirus disease, also known as COVID-19, Tzu Chi USA has been educating service users, volunteers, and staff on the importance of taking precautions and is canceling or postponing planned activities. Yet, while risk was still considered relatively low in the United States in February, the Tzu Chi Medical Foundation hosted a medical outreach in Bakersfield, CA, on February 23rd.
The Tzu Chi Alhambra Clinic held its first Tzu Chi Healthy Community workshop of the year on February 9th. Though the topic was mainly about integrative East-West medicine approaches for insomnia, both Ricky Chang, MD, and Yumin Cho, Ph.D in Chinese Medicine, shared information regarding COVID-19, or the new coronavirus pandemic, including recommendations on how to best protect themselves from infection.
The role of the healthcare sector includes the treatment and prevention of diseases in addition to maintaining one’s health.
At Tzu Chi’s Mobile Clinics, I have enjoyed assessing and attending to patient needs as a volunteer. This has provided me insight into marginalized and underserved patient populations’ health disparities, which I have further explored through my qualitative research.
The Tzu Chi Medical Foundation hosted its annual appreciation dinner on December 14, 2019, for all those who’ve helped improve and advance its humanistic mission during the year! A drum show kicked off the event, lifting the spirits of attendees.
Tzu Chi USA volunteers have kept their promise since the 2017 Mexico earthquake. Volunteers and TIMA members from the United States provided their eighth medical outreach in Mexico from November 15th to 24th, 2019. During that time, the US team trained Mexican medical volunteers and recruited local professionals to join TIMA Mexico to provide health care for their communities.