COMMUNITY SERVICE GRANTS BEDROCK OF SUPPORT FOR COMMUNITIES IN NEED
Community service grants are one way the Foundation strives to make a tangible, lasting impact on the lives of the patients we serve — they’re not just one-off projects with limited effects. But how do we really know that we’re making a difference?
For Dr. Roberta Kato, it’s when she gets to witness an “Aha!” moment — a time when everything clicks and a parent finally understands how to better care for their child. For Marina Lima, MD, MSc, it’s knowing that one more teen isn’t gasping for air. And for Dr. Joseph Huang, it’s seeing a country of 100 million people gain access to 14 pulmonologists when there was previously only one.
“The program has been successful beyond my imagination. Securing funding for these projects has been one of the most gratifying activities that I’ve been involved in, and I’ve been involved in a lot.”—Dr. McCaffree
Whether it’s hosting family workshops in children’s museums across Los Angeles, developing a gaming app to help children in Brazil control their asthma symptoms, or establishing a pulmonary and critical care training program in Uganda, the Foundation community service grants all focus on the same goal: to enable our under- served patients gain access to the resources and care they need when they need it most.
All this is possible because of the donor support we receive from people who want to make a difference — people like you.
A BRIEF HISTORY
The Foundation began giving community service grants in 1997 under the leadership of CHEST President D. Robert McCaffree, MD, Master FCCP. He believed the program would be the best way to support his colleagues in achieving their community service endeavors .To date, over $2 million has been given specifically to community service projects. “The program has been successful be- yond my imagination. Securing funding for these projects has been one of the most gratifying activities that I’ve been involved in, and I’ve been involved in a lot,” said Dr. McCaffree.
WHY COMMUNITY SERVICE GRANTS?
What do patients say to their physicians in the exam rooms? What do physicians see plaguing their communi- ties? What are hurdles to delivering care observed when volunteering in countries around the world?
Our physicians experience the limitations of our health care system first-hand – a system that isn’t built to assist the people that need help the most. Finding solutions requires a willingness to think and operate creatively. The funding the Foundation provides through our community service grants supplies the resources to do just that – implement real-world solutions that will help patients gain better access to care.
Case in point, Marina Lima, MD, MSc, was seeing an in- ordinate number of children and teens with uncontrolled asthma symptoms in Brazil. She applied for and was awarded a grant to make Asthmaland, the first gamified pediatric asthma educational program in Portuguese.
OVERCOMING UNEXPECTED HURDLES
Besides her “Aha!” moments, Dr. Kato revealed another way she knows her work is making a difference: the funding is helping to shift the nonprofit landscape in her community.
“Sometimes there is a rift between different organizations. When I ask them to collaborate or advertise together, I get resistance. However, when I’ve reached out and said that I’ve received funding for an initiative, all of a sudden, there is forward movement. That is how I am hoping to make the biggest difference,” explained Dr. Kato.
Dr. Huang, who received a grant to fund the East Africa Training Initiative (EATI), is faced with a different obstacle. “We’ve been awarded the grant many times, and I know the Foundation is focused on supporting new, up-and- coming programs. Therefore, I’m committed to ensuring that my program can continue even after we stop receiving funding.”
How is Dr. Huang going to do that? Besides procuring ICU equipment, EATI focuses on training pulmonology fellows in east Africa. The fellows who grad- uate will train other physicians and care team members across the continent, both in hospitals and rural clinics, safeguarding the future of his program.
A CLEAR VISION FOR THE FUTURE
While the Foundation is ready to tackle new problems, community service grants will remain the constant thread woven throughout the work, and it’s obvious why. As Dr. Huang emphasized, his grant “will ensure that the people living in Africa have a better chance at getting access to the care they need.”
When you strip away everything else, community service grants boil down to one thing: helping people live healthier, more fulfilled lives. What can be more worthwhile?
HELP US CONTINUE THIS IMPORTANT WORK
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. famously said,
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”
As a donor, there’s no doubt those words ring especially true. Your actions embody this sentiment, a sentiment rooted in the idea of helping your com- munity without accepting anything in return. This same sentiment is the bedrock of the CHEST Foundation. For the last 25 years, we’ve been dedicated to honoring this mission.
While we are privileged to award numerous grants over the past 2 decades, our community service grants have always held a special place in the hearts and minds of everyone involved with the CHEST Foundation. We hope they hold a special place in your heart too.
Please consider donating so that we can continue this work together.
“Sometimes there is a rift between different organizations. When I ask them to collaborate or advertise together, I get resistance. However, when I’ve reached out and said that I’ve received funding for an initiative, all of a sudden, there is forward movement. That is how I am hoping to make the biggest difference.”— Dr. Kato
“We’ve been awarded the grant many times, and I know the Foundation is focused on supporting new, up-and-coming programs. Therefore, I’m committed to ensuring that my program can continue even after we stop receiving funding.”— Dr. Huang
OTHER ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE
HEALTH CARE DISPARITIES ARE NOT LIMITED TO THE FEW
Physicians respond to lessons learned from Listening Tour
In October 2020, the CHEST Foundation launched a Listening Tour in five cities across the country to uncover health disparities in the United Stated from the patient’s perspective.
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LIVING WITH PASSION
CHEST Foundation past president Dr. Ed Diamond encourages everyone to focus on the “why”
In medicine, finding one’s passion is the key to success. For Ed Diamond, MD, MBA, FCCP, this passion is triggered by filling the voids in health care and staying focused on the “why” of medicine.
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NETWORKS COMPETE TO COMBAT HEALTH DISPARITIES
One way members get involved in CHEST’s philanthropic efforts takes place each year with the start of the NetWorks Challenge. CHEST members compete through their NetWorks – special interest groups that focus on particular areas of chest medicine – to raise funds that support Foundation microgrants.
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A DAY AT THE RACES!
Foundation hosts Belmont Stakes in NYC
This year’s Belmont Stakes Reception and Auction was our most successful event to date! Hosted in NYC at the Hotel Edison, the event raised more than $200,000 for the D. Robert McCaffree Community Service Grant Program, which focuses on helping those who face health disparities.
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