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Apr 5, 2018

Starting an Overseas Health Non-Profit with Heather Hammerstedt, MD

How do you start an Emergency Medicine program in a region without emergency rooms? How do you start an overseas non-profit? Heather explains how she and a few friends helped a rural community in Uganda start the non-profit Global Emergency Care. That then grew into an entire program for training nurses and other healthcare providers to run the unit. It’s truly amazing how helping a community solve one small problem then grew into a larger and larger service. Learn how you can volunteer in Uganda for this amazing program as well!

Stick around to the end of the episode, because Heather tells us all about her new side hustle: Wholist Health! 

In this episode, you will learn:

  • The humble beginnings of a non-profit organization
  • Developing a curriculum for emergency care practitioner program
  • How Dr. Hammerstedt is teaching herself out of her job
  • Implementing emergency medicine and care programs in Africa
  • Issues along the way in implementing the program
  • People to include in making the program possible
  • How to Volunteer for the program

Heather Hammerstedt, MD, MPH is a board-certified emergency physician in Boise Idaho and did her postgraduate residency in Emergency Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess’s Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency program. She is also one of the founders of the nonprofit 501c3 organization, Global Emergency Care (GEC) and currently functions as Executive Director. GEC currently has an ongoing clinical, academic, and consultant relationship with stakeholders in Uganda, where they have created the country’s first emergency medicine training programs for advanced providers and physicians and are working with the national government to create a national emergency care system.

If you want to know more about the nonprofit, you may visit their website.

You may also get to know Heather Hammerstedt MD MPH by clicking on this link. You may also send her an email at If you also want to know more about Heather Hammerstedt MD’s Wholist Health, you may visit this site or send her an email at  

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