We are grateful for our sponsors’ commitment to global health and contribution to our mission. Joining with these institutions, we work to improve health care in the developing world by equipping local providers with the information and skills they need to best care for their patients. These associations provide invaluable access to their audience of health care experts, while HVO provides them with essential overseas connections and the opportunity for their members to participate directly in their specialty’s global health community.
As dentistry’s premier philanthropic and charitable organization, the ADA Foundation is a catalyst for uniting people and organizations to make a difference through better oral health. The ADA Foundation annually provides more than $1.3 million in grants, scholarships, and awards to programs that are in alignment with the organization’s four mission pillars: Charitable Assistance, Access to Care, Research, and Education (C.A.R.E.). As part of these efforts, the ADA Foundation provides funding to Give Kids A Smile®-related efforts, through which volunteers provide free oral health care and education to children in need, and also oversees the Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center in Gaithersburg, MD (formerly the Paffenbarger Research Center). For more information about the ADA Foundation, visit www.adafoundation.org.
The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) is the largest, most influential and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of over 17,000, it represents virtually all practicing dermatologists in the United States. The Academy is committed to excellence in patient care, medical and public education, research, professionalism and member service and support.
Founded in 1930, the AAP is an organization of 60,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical sub-specialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.
The American Association for Hand Surgery (AAHS) is an inclusive organization that welcomes members from many disciplines who are interested in the care of the upper extremity. With a membership of over 1100, AAHS represents a diverse but cohesive mixture of highly respected professionals working in all disciplines of hand surgery and hand therapy. Members include orthopedic surgeons, plastic surgeons, general surgeons, microsurgeons, hand therapists, nurses, and basic scientists from the United States, Canada, and many other countries. The AAHS’s mission is to foster and promote the highest quality of hand care through the development and sponsorship of educational programs related to the hand and the upper extremity, through communications with health care professionals and the public, and through the endowment of research. Working with its Hand Surgery Endowment, the AAHS and HSE together promote global hand health and international volunteerism.
Representing more than 750 schools of nursing nationwide, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for baccalaureate and graduate programs in nursing. The AACN, a unique asset for the nation, serves the public interest by setting standards, providing resources, and developing the leadership capacity of member schools to advance nursing education, research and practice.
Founded in 1931, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) is the professional association representing nearly 53,000 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and student registered nurse anesthetists nationwide. The AANA promulgates education and practice standards and guidelines, and affords consultation to both private and governmental entities regarding nurse anesthetists and their practice. The AANA Foundation supports the profession by awarding education and research grants to students, faculty and practicing CRNAs. Nearly 90 percent of the nation’s nurse anesthetists are members of AANA. Visit www.aana.com to learn more.
The AAOMS, the professional organization representing more than 8,800 oral and maxillofacial surgeons and residents in the United States, supports its members’ ability to practice their specialty through education, research, and advocacy. AAOMS members comply with rigorous continuing education requirements and must submit to periodic office examinations, ensuring the public that all office procedures and personnel meet stringent national standards.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College), a 501(c)(3) organization, is the nation’s leading group of physicians providing health care for women. As a private, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization of approximately 57,000 members, The College strongly advocates for quality health care for women, maintains the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education of its members, promotes patient education, and increases awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women’s health care. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), a 501(c)(6) organization, is its companion organization. Learn more at www.acog.org.
The American College of Physicians (ACP) is a national organization of internists and internal medicine sub-specialists – physicians who specialize in the prevention, detection and treatment of illnesses in adults. ACP is the largest medical-specialty organization and second-largest physician group in the United States. Its membership of 126,000 includes US. and non-US. internists, internal medicine sub-specialists, medical students, residents, fellows-in-training, and affiliate members.
The mission of the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand (AFSH) is to advance the care of hand and upper extremity disorders by supporting exceptional educational opportunities and the highest quality research. Funds raised through the Foundation go toward funding grants for clinical and basic science research studies, international outreach projects, traveling scholarships that enable surgeons from developing countries to visit hand centers in the United States, patient education, educational conferences, and more.
The AOFAS promotes quality, ethical and cost-effective patient care through education, research and training of orthopaedic surgeons and other health care providers. It creates public awareness for the prevention and treatment of foot and ankle disorders. The AOFAS provides leadership and serves as a resource for government, industry and the national and international health care community.
APTA is a national organization, representing physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy nationwide. Its purpose is to improve the health and quality of life of individuals in society by advancing physical therapist practice. Consumers can visit the APTA website to find a physical therapist in their area, as well as moveforwardpt.org for physical therapy news and information.
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is a non-profit organization, founded in 1964, with overarching goals of improving cancer care and prevention and ensuring that all patients with cancer receive care of the highest quality. More than 25,000 oncology practitioners belong to ASCO, representing all oncology disciplines (medical, radiation, and surgical oncology) and subspecialties. Members include physicians and health-care professionals participating in approved oncology training programs, oncology nurses, and other practitioners with a predominant interest in oncology.
As the world’s leading professional organization representing physicians who treat people with cancer, ASCO is committed to advancing the education of oncologists and other oncology professionals, to advocating for policies that provide access to high-quality cancer care, and to supporting the clinical trials system and the need for increased clinical and translational research.
The mission of the global strategy of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) is to further the understanding of hematology globally through international collaboration, foster the worldwide exchange of knowledge and resources, and enhance clinical care through education and training.
The AAWC is the preeminent, multidisciplinary organization for advanced wound care. As a not-for-profit association, AAWC gives members numerous benefits to build a collaborative wound care community. The association exists to be the leader in interdisciplinary wound healing and tissue preservation.
The British Society for Haematology has been bringing hematology professionals together since 1960 to transform the care provided to patients. With over 1,700 members worldwide, BSH is the largest UK hematology organization and the only society to cover all aspects of the specialty.
ONS is a professional association of more than 39,000 members committed to promoting excellence in oncology nursing and the transformation of cancer care. Since 1975, ONS has provided a professional community for oncology nurses, developed evidence-based education programs and treatment information, and advocated for patient care, all in an effort to improve quality of life and outcomes for patients with cancer and their families.
With more than 1,700 members, the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) is the premier medical specialty society for physicians trained in the comprehensive management of gynecologic cancers in women. Their purpose is to improve the care of women with gynecologic cancers by encouraging research and disseminating knowledge, raising the standards of practice in the prevention and treatment of gynecologic malignancies and collaborating with other organizations interested in women’s health care, oncology and related fields.