HealthRoots is a non-profit foundation established by the Grigsby-Rocca family in 1996. Our early and current mission is to assist and catalyze community health initiatives locally and internationally — through direct involvement in on-the-ground initiatives in low-resource communities, or by supporting the community of thinkers, researchers, and do-ers behind this important work.
With a global focus by design, our earliest projects began in the small country of Malawi in east-central Africa. We also work domestically with public health researchers, academic institutions and clinical care providers, leveraging our collective knowledge and resources to advance all of our work in the field.
HEALTHROOTS AND UC BERKELEY: DRIVING INNOVATION IN GLOBAL PUBLIC HEALTH
HealthRoots, CGPH and international partners are collaborating to develop programs focusing on Health Technology and Innovation. For the 2015-2016 academic year, the partners are seeking additional sponsors and support for an exciting series of events, educational programming, and community partnerships focused on the implications — and opportunities — of the changing digital landscape for global public health work.
COLLABORATION: PALLIATIVE CARE ASSOCIATION OF MALAWI
In of our first major undertakings, we worked with health care providers and advocates in the region to facilitate the establishment of the Palliative Care Association of Malawi. Partnering with the larger African Palliative Care Association, PACAM’s mission is to educate the community of health care providers in Malawi on effective and available methods of pain and symptom at the end of life for patients with HIV/AIDS and cancer. We continue to support the organization and its Director, Mr. Lameck Thambo, whom we are sponsoring in September of 2014 to present a poster at the African Palliative Care Meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa.
PARTNERSHIP: UC BERKELEY GRADUATE SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Recently we have engaged with the University of California at Berkeley School of Public Health, where Dr. Rocca sits on the Dean’s Council. We are currently working with the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Public Health and the Center for Global Public Health, partnering to present a series of conferences on Global Public Health, with a spotlight on Global Oral and Maternal Health.
In April of 2014, we presented the first conference in the series. In an unexpected but serendipitous turn of events, our conference was scheduled for the same day as an event focused on similar topics at the University of California San Francisco. Rather than stay on our parallel but separate paths, we combined forces — students, researchers and faculty from UCSF joined us at UC Berkeley for an inspiring day of collaboration and informative presentations, and the reception from both camps was overwhelmingly positive. We are in the early stages of planning a two-day continuation of the conference in the spring of 2015, adding a day devoted to a broader look at issues in global public health, in addition to the spotlight on oral and maternal health. We have committed to a long-term partnership with the School and are excited about the many possibilities ahead.
DOMESTIC DEVELOPMENT: THE SPINE AND PAIN CENTER OF KAUAI
Recently, our Napa Pain Institute has opened a satellite practice on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai. Known for its incredible beauty and the kindness of its local people, Kauai is also a significantly underserved community in terms of health care. HealthRoots will be partnering with our new Kauai Spine and Pain Center to work as advocates for the health care needs of the community.