Strengthening the Paraguay-Kansas Family Medicine Partnership
Partners of the Americas (POA)
- Initiated by John F. Kennedy,1963, as the "Alliance for Progress"
- Conceived as a government-to-government program recognizing interdependence between the United States and South America
- Now a privatized people-to-people exchange program of 65 different partnerships matching countries (or states within countries) in South America with states in the US.
- Partnerships are apolitical.
- Began in 1968.
- Exchanges are arranged between committees in each country:
- Comité Paraguay Kansas (CPK)
- Kansas-Paraguay Partners (KPP)
- Exchanges can occur regarding any aspect of life but must be approved by both partnership committees
Exchanges occur in the areas of:
- cultural arts
- emergency preparedness
- international trade
- natural resources
- university education
- zoo management
Key Health Partners
Department of Family and Community Medicine, KUSM-Wichita:
- Edward Donatelle, M.D. - Professor and Chair, 1979 - 1988
- Merril Raber, Ph.D. - Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychologist
- Rick Kellerman, M.D. - Professor and Chair
- Doug Woolley, M.D., MPH - Delos Smith Professor of Geriatrics
- Scott Moser, M.D. - Professor
- Steve Penner, M.D. - Clinical Associate Professor
- Randall Goering, M.D. - Clinical Assistant Professor
- Laura Mayans, M.D., MPH
- Wes Schmidt, M.D.
- A family physician with family roots in Kansas but a life-long resident of Paraguay
- Past chair of Comité Paraguay Kansas
- Developed first family medicine residency program in Paraguay at Centro Médico Bautista in Asunción
- Enrique de Mestral, M.D., Director, Family Medicine Residency Program, National University, Asunción
- Maria Teresa Baran, M.D., Director, Family Medicine Residency of the Ministry of Health, Encarnación
- Andres Szwako, M.D., Clinical Supervisor, Family Medicine Residency Program, National University, Asunción
- Mario Feltes, M.D.
Aug 25, 2018