Supporting the Advancement of Global Health

November 29, 2012

As we partake in the spirit of giving this holiday season, many of us turn our thoughts toward those who are less fortunate than us. This year, I ask you to think of the many people in developing countries who do not have access to the basics of medical care. Often it may seem like an insurmountable challenge to have an impact on those who are less fortunate than us (especially when they are not located in our own towns and cities) but many organizations make it their mission to expand access to healthcare globally, and these organizations deserve worthy recognition.

I'd like to recognize one in particular - Timmy Global Health. Indianapolis-based Timmy Global Health is no stranger to this blog. I have written about this non-profit organization a few times since this blog's inception because of their global health mission, in addition to the AMA Insurance Agency'™s Take a Trip with Timmy contest. We are proud to share news about this organization once again as they compete in the second annual American Giving Awards (AGA), presented by Chase.

Timmy Global Health has been selected as one of the 25 U.S. charities to participate in this celebration that recognizes America'™s charitable organizations. The AGA recognizes the top five organizations (of the 25 nominated) that receive the most votes during a weeklong competition. Those organizations will share $2 million dollars of unrestricted grants from Chase Community Giving, with the top vote getter receiving a $1 million dollar grant.

You can help Timmy Global Health receive up to $1 million by visiting the Chase Community Giving Facebook Page and clicking on the "American Giving Awards" tab. Vote for Timmy Global Health under the "Champions of Health and Wellness" category. Voting ends Dec. 4. The AGA ceremony will air on Dec. 8 on NBC.

"œFor us, this is an unprecedented opportunity to enhance our national visibility, increase our financial resources, and use the American Giving Awards to reach thousands more patients, families, communities, and students throughout the world," said Matt MacGregor, Timmy Global Health'™s Executive Director.

We first worked with Timmy Global Health during last year'™s Take a Trip with Timmy contest (in partnership with the Med Plus Advantage Program and Timmy Global Health), which was a resounding success. We're happy to announce that the contest is coming back on November 30th!

The contest selects a student (medical, resident or allied health) and gives them the chance of a lifetime to travel abroad and make a difference in the lives of others by providing improved medical care to others. Applicants must complete a 500-word essay. To stay informed on this contest, including receiving an email alert when the essay question is officially announced, pre-register now.

We wish Timmy Global Health the best of luck in their pursuit of being selected as one of the American Giving Awards grant recipients and can't wait to see all the entries for the Take a Trip with Timmy contest!

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