Renewing Commitments & Vision - Note from the Executive Director

Late last month, all 10 current members of the Board of Directors joined staff for a full day of rich discussions at the Grounds For Health Annual Board Retreat in Burlington. Three months into my tenure as President and Chief Executive Officer, this was a wonderful opportunity for staff and Board […]

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Trip Report: Ethiopia

Grounds for Health Ethiopia

Over three weeks in late September/early October, Grounds for Health was in Ethiopia to launch our campaign in the Wonsho District of Sidama Zone, SNNPR. This work represents the first cervical cancer prevention program to establish services in rural health centers of Ethiopia’s coffee-growing […]

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$1 Donated = $2 for Ethiopia


We’re excited to announce the launch of the East vs. West Roasters Challenge for Cervical Cancer Prevention! This friendly competition pits coffee roasters east and west of the Mississippi against each other to see which side can raise more for our new program in Ethiopia.

Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee of […]

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Challenge for Ethiopia Announced


Public-private initiative to match all funds, potentially raising
$400,000 for cervical cancer prevention in Ethiopia

USA Coffee Companies: You have a unique opportunity to directly give back to the birthplace of coffee. When you donate to Grounds for Health’s cervical cancer prevention programs in Ethiopia, your gift […]

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Returned from Kiribati

In Kiribati

Ellen Starr and Susan Hollinger showing off their parting gifts from their training participants.

Late last month, Clinical Director Ellen Starr, Clinical Consultant Susan Hollinger and volunteer Tatum FitzGerald traveled to the island nation of Kiribati, where they were tasked by Pacific Island Medical Aid […]

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Move over Leadership Circle, Make Room for DS Services of America, Inc.


Grounds for Health is delighted to welcome new funder DS Services of America, Inc. (DS Services) to our Leadership Circle. Their generous gift helps make possible our continued work in coffee regions of Nicaragua and Peru while adding the necessary resources to get our program in Ethiopia […]

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Bringing cervical cancer prevention to Nueva Segovia, Nicaragua


Grounds for Health Nicaragua Coordinator Dr. Barinia Osejo (center) stand with clinical training participants and team during day 4 of the campaign

Grounds for Health and its coffee partner of three years, Prodecoop, are working together on a new program in the Nueva Segovia region of Nicaragua. This […]

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Grounds for Health Ethiopia Launches

Sidama, Ethiopia

Sidama, Ethiopia

After many months of planning, Grounds for Health’s Ethiopia program kicks off this month with the first set of community and clinical trainings on cervical cancer prevention.

If successful, these activities will make Wonsho the first rural district in all of Ethiopia to offer ongoing […]

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Passing of a Friend

Jo Fote


It is with great sadness to inform you of the recent passing of Mrs. Josephine Fote, wife of Dr. Francis Fote, co-founder of Grounds for Health. Josephine, or Jo as she was known to her friends, was one of the special examples on how to take […]

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ECOM Foundation Awards Grant to Strengthen Programs

Ecom Foundation Grant

Grounds for Health is the grateful recipient of a two-year $45,000 grant award for the Development of Origin Resources from the ECOM Foundation.

Since 2006, the ECOM Foundation has made a significant contribution to Grounds for Health’s programs through engaging ECOM staff in collaborative activities in Mexico, […]

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