Reverse Culture Shock?

Language barriers. Homesickness. Stepping into the unknown. All a part of the phenomenon called culture shock. These are things you may worry about before traveling overseas or departing on a medical mission trip. But for some, returning home can prove equally as challenging. When traveling abroad, you are often stepping…

Quito, Ecuador

In the spring of 2019, the Making a Difference Foundation, in partnership with A Broader View Volunteers and CompHealth Grand Rapids Allied (a CHG company), sent six therapists on a medical mission to Quito, Ecuador. With the beautiful city of Quito as the backdrop to this experience, the therapists were…

Cancer Wellness House

At the Making a Difference Foundation, we are driven to provide opportunities for CHG employees and healthcare providers to find their passion in making positive changes in the world. One of the ways we do this is to provide financial grants to support local charities that CHG employees are involved…

Grateful to our Partners!

The Making a Difference Foundation has had the opportunity to help providers in delivering healthcare and healthcare education to under-served communities all over the globe. But, it wouldn’t be possible without our trusted partners. We work with world-class nonprofits who are experts in facilitating medical mission trips in multiple countries…

I Left my Heart in Africa

We stood on the tarmac, bleary eyed from the jet-lag and sticky from the humidity. But there were smiles all around. We had made it to Lusaka. To Zambia. To Africa. Africa has always been on my bucket list. It has always seemed vibrant, eclectic, and full of life. Yet,…

Create Your Ripple

Scott Adams, the creator of the Dilbert comic strip, said “remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”  This idea is at the core of our mission of the Making a Difference Foundation. We believe that each of…

Another Opportunity to Make a Difference

Going on a medical mission trip often causes us to step outside our comfort zone. This was especially true this past Thanksgiving when five physicians traveled to Haiti, amid political protests across Port-Au-Prince. With much needed services shut down, these hardworking physicians were able to deliver much needed healthcare and…

What to expect on a medical mission

Practicing abroad: What to expect on a medical mission It’s hard to know what to expect on any medical mission, even for seasoned volunteers. Your experience depends on many factors – the type of care needed, the unique challenges of the community, the cultural attitudes on health, and your own…

Festival of Trees: Story of a local grant

Tis the season for hot cocoa, snow on the mountains, and helping kids in need! Recently one CHG Healthcare employee, Justin Mangum, decided to make a difference in his community for holidays.  He submitted a grant request from the Making a Difference Foundation to help create a tree for the…

Choosing a Medical Mission

I’ve had the pleasure of working with healthcare providers for almost six years. These providers have ranged from internists, to cardiologists, to advanced practice providers, and inevitably there was always interest in medical missions. My providers often said they would love to go on a medical mission but did not…

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