If You Are Like Me

If you are like me, then you too are proudly watching as the Community Hospital and Training Center (CHTC) rapidly approaches completion.

If you are like me, you love hearing stories from community members and volunteers about how the projects at ASRI are affecting them directly and changing the way they see the world.

If you are like me, you are also looking at the future wondering, how can we do more?

Imagine the impact we could have if we expanded Health In Harmony's programs. We could reach a larger audience. We should be helping more communities. We need to be conserving more wildlife habitat. And if you are like me, this potential is what gets us the most excited about the future of this organization. In other words, it is time to scale up.

Raja Ampat scouting trip

HIH and ASRI staff conduct Radical Listening in the community of Goh on a staff scouting trip to Raja Ampat, joined by Camia Crawford and Chris Dimock.

I am happy to report that Health In Harmony (HIH) and our partner ASRI are currently working together on a new phase of Research & Development. Research Director, Bethany Kois, and I are leading HIH’s effort to scale up by identifying what makes the Health In Harmony model so successful, and how do we best bottle that “magic sauce” to ensure upcoming projects have the same high level of impact? And where do we go next?

Thanks to our preliminary efforts, we are beginning to have clearer answers. HIH is opening the door to new opportunities -- seeking partners, places, and people to work with while brainstorming with staff, our Board, and supporters about the best path for our organization.

Initially, we will focus our scaling up efforts on the Training Center component of the new CHTC. This way, we can more immediately begin meeting the needs of programs regionally by sharing what we do and helping others grow their programs. At the same time, we have already begun scouting trips within Indonesia to explore potential replication sites, and meet with potential partner organizations, and we will continue these throughout the next year. Although we are still in the early stages of this process -- and have made no commitments -- we have already received a strong message: people and projects want our help, and they want it now.

Bangka scouting trip

Bethany with members of the Kelompok Peduli Lingkungan Belitung (KPLB) environmental group. Together, they met with the spatial planning office of Pangkal Pinang on the island of Bangka to discuss community-directed land reclamation projects for former tin mining locations in Bangka-Belitung.

While the verdict is still out on exactly where we will go next, there is no debating that the time has come to fulfill our mission and vision on a larger scale. We can do more. We can reach a larger audience. We can help protect more habitat. We can improve the health of more communities with limited access to health care. We can work together with other passionate groups to help end the environmental degradation we see on a daily basis.

Scaling up is not just the most important step in our ability to have the greatest and most lasting impact, but it is THE reason Health In Harmony was established 11 years ago.

What do we need to do that? Your continued support. Help us develop the Training Center so we can share what we have learned, and to continue to learn from others. Help us spread the importance of Radical Listening, and broaden the impact of other projects tackling similar issues in their own unique ways. Help us support and educate community health workers, guiding the next generation of global health practitioners as they add new depth to the importance of their work. Together we can create leaders.

Please consider making a financial donation to HIH to help us scale up. Or share your skills and time in making these projects a reality by sending me your input. Together we can go bigger.


About Kari Malen | View all posts by Kari Malen

Kari is the International Program Development Director at Health In Harmony, and is based in Taos, NM.