Who is Tia?

10648188_10152837545225281_6335118067317543355_oTia uses a ‘teach them to fish’ model to train and equip villagers, who live hours from the nearest doctor.  They learn to deliver babies, treat diabetes, handle first aid cases and most importantly, how to tackle their problems together, as an organized community. Our model is sustainable because the local governments commit to resupply the Tia medical kits and provide continuing education.

Thanks to generous donors, like the Ingebritson, Armstrong, Libman and Pakis families, Tia now serves almost 150,000 people for less than $5 a person, including overhead.

¿Quién es Tía?

Tía aplica el modelo de “enseñarlos  a pescar para capacitor y equipara los habitantes que (mas)

Another Successful Project


Tia is proud to announce that we now have 481 Promotores serving about 157,000 people in five states in Mexico!  During our project last week in La Manzanilla de La Paz, we discovered that many people do not have access to clean drinking water.  Our UVM brigade taught our Promotores how to make a simple and very inexpensive water filtration system with items that can be found around the house.  The children of our health workers were particularly fascinated by this and decided to join in on the experiment as you see here, thus demonstrating that this water purification method is so easy, a child can do it!

Brigade and Promotores Ready!


Our UVM Brigade, pictured in their white coats in front, and the Promotores behind them are ready to begin their course.  The government representatives in red and purple shirts gave us a very warm welcome, including the Municipal President Ing. Carlos Andrés López Barbosa who is seated at the foot of the flagpole in the checkered shirt.  We were surprised by how many turned out!  More than 50 people want to be Promotores (Community Health Workers), including some of the people from the municipal government.

UVM is more the up to the task!  This time, the brought a mobile laboratory and lots of testing kits.  Andele!

Brophy Joins Tia in the Field


We are proud to announce that some of the young men from Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix will be joining us as volunteers on our project in La Manzanilla de la Paz this week.  Most of these students have aspirations to become doctors, but they also share the desire to be of real service to those less fortunate.  These young men and their chaperones will be assembling our medical kits, assisting the UVM doctors during consultations, attending courses with the Promotoras, and helping out at graduation.  We are so excited to welcome them to our team!

Tia’s Fall Newsletter is Out


The latest edition of Tia Noticias is out today. Click here or go to https://tiafoundation.files.wordpress.com/2016/09/noticas082916.pdf . Our Fall Update contains details about our next project launch in a few weeks, a call for volunteers in nursing and allied health, a tribute to Jack Ingebritson, and other tidbits.

We Need Nurses & EMTs Volunteers!


We need volunteer Nurses, Physician’s Assistants, Paramedics and EMTs to help us with an event  on October 15th in Chandler, Arizona.  We are setting up a booth at a 5K event and would like to educate the families and friends of the racers on hypertension, diabetes and vital signs in general.  If you are interested in helping Tia at this event, please contact Nate at 602-694-8100 or email him at tionate@cox.net.

Little Darlings Like This One


Little darlings like this one get more than great quality, free care when Tia and their UVM brigade show up.   Her mama gets free care too and our Promotoras are there for them both throughout their lives thereafter.  They give her mama advice on child care and take care of the whole family when they are sick, administer vaccinations and are on hand to assist when this little darling’s mama delivers a sibling.  Our Promotoras will teach her abuelita (grandma) how to manage her high blood pressure and our tireless Health Workers will clean and bandage the family’s cuts and alert them immediately if they need escalated care.

Little darlings like these are very lucky and Tia wants to reach many more of them.  Thank you for helping us do just that!

Life is Like an Onion. You Have to Peel Each Layer


Free consultations were given by the UVM brigade  on our first day in the Municipality of Tuxcueca, Jalisco in the little town of Las Cebollas (The Onions), very far off the beaten path. This picture is taken in the town square, next to the elementary school.  Our Universidad del Valle de Mexico (UVM) doctors endured the intense heat and humidity each day of this project, in places where there is no air conditioning and often no electricity.  Just when the medicos thought we had covered every patient in town, school let out, and many parents brought their children for free care too.  Lots of Tia Promotores (community health workers) in training, turned up to lend a hand at the consultations.

La vida es como una cebolla, debes pelarla capa por capa.

Se ofrecieron consultas  gratuitas por la brigada de la UVM en nuestro primer día en el municipio (mas)

About Tia Foundation

A 501(c)3 non-profit, the Tia Foundation endeavors to provide health-related development strategies, not relief. “Tia”, meaning “aunt” in Spanish, seeks to use our experience, resources and knowledge to link villagers to the means to do for themselves. Learn More...

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