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April 22, 2012

Dr. Linda Franks volunteers her medical expertise in the Dominican Republic!

The Volunteer Health Program has been providing surgical and medical eye care to underserved populations for 2 decades.  Dr. Linda K. Franks was fortunate enough to complete her third consecutive yearly mission with VHP march 10-17, 2012.

“I am so fortunate to be part of this amazing team and for my life to be touched by the patients and the fellow volunteers.” Says Franks.

The mission takes place in the foothills of Licey al Medio and serves 130 small rural communities. 

Dr. Franks recalls “the days begin with a very busy Dermatology clinic addressing all aspects of skin disease;  the afternoons and evenings are spent in surgery.”    This years mission had record numbers: 1479 patients were treated.  Of those, 195 were Dermatology patients, 77 Dermatology procedures and 11 OR surgeries. 

To learn more about the Volunteer Health Program, see


To learn more about the Volunteer Health Program, see


August 08, 2011

GPD at the Love Heals Event

Love Heals, the Alison Gertz Foundation for AIDS Education, empowers young people in the fight against HIV. Our HIV-positive speakers are putting a face on the epidemic, and our youth empowerment programs are training a new generation of community educators and activists. Love Heals also creates and distributes educational materials, shares its expertise and advocates for young people’s right to HIV/AIDS education. We do this in partnership with hundreds of schools and community groups throughout New York City and the surrounding areas, reaching both young people and those individuals who impact their lives, and placing a special emphasis on outreach to high-risk communities.


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