Our Unique Model

The Grounds for Health model for establishing sustainable cervical cancer care involves a one-of-a-kind partnership between public and private sectors. The entire process starts with an invitation from a co-op, and ends with Grounds for Health leaving a strong and sustainable cervical cancer program in the hands of the community.

Grounds for Health model for sustainable care

By actively involving coffee co-operatives, coffee companies, and health officials, the Grounds for Health Model:

  • Fosters relationships between coffee co-ops and buyers of fair trade and organic coffees
  • Increases access to a range of reproductive health services in addition to cervical cancer screening, including family planning and prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections
  • Facilitates connections between the community organization and local health services

Grounds for Health starts a campaign only after a formal invitation from a coffee-growing co-operative. Co-op leadership must demonstrate a commitment to the program by generating community support and investment. The co-op helps foster community trust, facilitate the use of coffee trucks for transportation, and guarantee similar support for follow-up care.

With the financial support of the coffee industry, Grounds for Health then makes a three-year commitment to bring technical assistance, training and medical equipment to the community.

Meanwhile, local Ministries of Health provide the medical personnel, facilities and logistical support to ensure sustainability.

How we do it start to finish »