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…

Thailand Gulf

In September 2018, the Making a Difference Foundation provided a financial grant to International Medical Relief (IMR) so six physicians could participate in a medical mission trip to Cambodia. Partnering with IMR, the Song Saa Foundation, the Cambodian government, and CompHealth Locum Tenens, the physicians traveled to the remote Koh…

Guatemala Medical Mission Trip

Living in the shadow of three volcanos is no easy feat. The thick jungles, intense heat, and remote location provide unique challenges for the community in La Antigua, Guatemala, especially when it comes to accessing healthcare. While the country of Guatemala believes that every citizen has the universal right to…

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