Health Volunteers Overseas
Contact: Nancy A. Kelly, MHS, Executive Director

Email:  n.kelly@hvousa.org 

Phone:  202-296-0928

HVO Members Recognized for Commitment to Global Health

[Washington, DC - April 7, 2010] Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) is pleased to announce the recipients of its fifth annual Golden Apple Award. As part of its World Health Day observances, HVO created this award to recognize the extraordinary educational contributions of volunteers to international program sites. Each HVO volunteer honored with this award has demonstrated a strong commitment to HVO's educational mission by working on curriculum development, teacher training, didactic or clinical training, or the enhancement of educational resources.


The recipients of the 2010 Golden Apple Awards are: Judy Canfield-Henry, PT, MSEd, EdD, Shaun Cleaver, PT, MSc, Denise English, PT, Mary Jo Geyer, PT, PhD, FCCWS, CLT-LANA, C.Ped, Victoria A. Seligman, MD, and Lynne Welch, MSN, EdD, APRN, FNP-BC.   These volunteers combined have served over 8,672 hours at HVO's various program sites.


Many of these honorees have also served in leadership positions for HVO overseeing the development of new programs, monitoring the progress of active programs, identifying educational resources for sites, and serving as mentors to their colleagues overseas.

"The cultural historian, Jacques Barzun, once said,' In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day's work.  It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years.' These volunteers have made a long-term commitment to educating their colleagues overseas," stated Julia Plotnick, MPH, RN, FAAN, HVO Board Chair.  "It is wonderful to see the fruits of their many years of hard work and I am very proud of their contributions to improving global health."

According to reports from the World Health Organization, the global shortage of health care workers is estimated to be 4.3 million, with the greatest shortages occurring in the poorest countries. The Global Health Workforce Alliance stated, "The global community has clearly recognized that the health workforce is the very heart of functioning health systems, and that without greater quantity and quality of motivated, equally distributed health workers, progress towards health and development goals will not be possible." 

The efforts of HVO's Golden Apple Award recipients are an integral part of HVO's response to the global health workforce shortage.  By highlighting the achievements and contributions of the Golden Apple Award recipients, HVO fosters an awareness of global health issues, especially the human resource shortage, which serves as a serious constraint to the delivery of health care around the world.


World Health Day is celebrated annually by the World Health Organization and the international community. Since 1950, it has been held each year on April 7th and focuses on a relevant global health issue. This year's theme is "1,000 Cities, 1,000 Lives" and focuses on the effects urbanization has on our health.  For more information about World Health Day 2010, visit here. 


A private, non-profit organization, HVO was founded in 1986 to improve global health through education.  HVO designs and implements clinical and didactic education programs in child health, primary care, trauma and rehabilitation, essential surgical care, oral health, blood disorders and cancer, infectious disease, nursing education, and wound management.  In more than 25 resource-poor countries, HVO volunteers train, mentor, and provide critical professional support to health care providers who care for the neediest populations in the most difficult of circumstances. For more information about volunteering, visit the HVO web site.