Outreach In Mexico
From 2010-2015, we worked with the Multidisciplinary Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Team at the Hospital Infantil. Together we developed a collaborative partnership creating advanced educational programs, performing state-of-the-art surgical procedures, and providing team-based, follow-up care – all via an innovative telemedicine network.
In 2015, we began a similar collaboration with Clínica CER in Tijuana, a state-of-the-art hospital usually reserved for private cosmetic patients. 3-5 times a year, a team of ConnectMed volunteers collaborates with Mexican healthcare professionals from Tijuana, Mexico City and other parts of Mexico at Clínica CER for surgical “jornadas”, or “working days”. Each jornada is dedicated to free surgeries and medical evaluations benefitting young people from theTijuana area. Our Mexican partners include maxillofacial surgeons, eye surgeons, orthodontists and other multidisciplinary specialists.
Dr. Juan Cuellar Dodd and his son Dr. Juan Cuellar Jr., two pediatric plastic surgeons from Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, invited us to participate in a week of free surgeries and multidisciplinary care in Match 2016. Patients and their families came from all over the state of Chiapas. Together we evaluated 18 children preoperatively and operated on 14 children with cleft lips and palates at the Hospital de Especialidades Pediatricas in Tuxtla. With the participation of speech therapists and an orthodontist from Mexico City, 29 patients received orthodontic consultations, 45 patients benefited from speech therapy assessments and sessions, and 132 parents attended 3 educational presentations on nutritional, orthodontic and speech issues.
We are committed to providing the Cuellars with resources that they identify as needing the most to expand and strengthen their multidisciplinary care. This includes financial support and the help of our own team members.
Through collaboration with Claudia Gonzales, the first lady of Tecate, ConnectMed worked with the DIF Clinic in Tecate during her term from 2014-2016 as head of local health services. Over the course of several “jornadas” (work days), we evaluated 58 patients and performing over 30 surgical procedures for the most vulnerable in the community that would not have access to specialized surgical care. We continue to care for several of the patients we met in Tecate at our partner site in Tijuana.