Project C.U.R.E. Is Doing Big Things For Public Health Jobs

There are several companies that are dedicated to Public Health and bringing it to the forefront of public attention and awareness.

Project C.U.R.E. is one of them.

Founded in 1987, Project C.U.R.E (Commission on Urgent Relief and Equipment) is one of the largest providers of donated medical supplies and equipment to developing countries around the world.

Why Is C.U.R.E Important?

For starters Project C.U.R.E is developing new projects every day to help bring medical supplies to hospitals in countries who cannot afford them.

And for you, gentle readers, if you're interested in Public health, this is a great company to take a look at and get involved with.

As I had mentioned in "Internships that Will Help You Land That Desired Public Health Job", Project C.U.R.E. offers several internships and volunteer opportunities for those who want to help out while gaining valuable experience (as well as the possibility of a job in this rewarding area)! 

Project C.U.R.E. Background

Going back about 28 years, Project C.U.R.E. was first founded in 1987 by James Jackson. At that time, Jackson was working as an international economic consultant in developing countries. His work had placed him on the front line to experience the many who were suffering and dying due to lack of proper medical equipment. Something needed to be done, so Jackson took a step in the right direction.

Originally from Evergreen, Colorado, Jackson returned home and begun to turn the wheels in his mind, crank the ideas out and figure out a way to help. He begun in his garage, collecting donated medical supplies from the many friends he had in the medical industry.  It took him about a month to collect 250 dollars worth of supplies, and after paying the shipping costs himself, he sent a cargo container containing  the medical supplies to Brazil.

And so Project C.U.R.E. began.

Public Health Programs

Project C.U.R.E. is in the middle of several Public Health Programs that are designed to assist many different people around the world. While the company continues to grow, there are still several areas in which they need assistance from people like you, who are interested in joining and fighting for Public Health.

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Take a look at some of the cool things Project C.U.R.E. is up to...

1.) C.U.R.E. Cargo

This project involves sending large cargo containers containing millions of dollars worth of medical supplies and modern equipment directly into the hands of doctors and nurses to assist them in providing the best care possible to their patients, the majority being women and young children.

Delivering the supplies is not the only aspect of this program, it also involves scrutinizing the inventory thoroughly and managing the logistics process to make the whole thing flow even better; such as verifying that every container sent meets the specific needs of the hospital and clinics requesting the help.

Project C.U.R.E. works directly with community partners in each country in order to gather a high-level understanding of what is direly needed in order to get it to them as efficiently as possible.

 2.) Kits for Kids

This program is pretty cool indeed, and what's better is that it's something many people can get themselves involed in easily.

Kits for Kids is a program that aims to provide personal hygiene and essential "medicine cabinet" supplies that are hard to come by in the developing world.

For instance, when a child gets hurt, it may be difficult for a parent to get the proper supplies to treat their child's injury. This program helps parents all around the world provide basic care for their children at home. 

Sound like a public health project you want to get involved in?

The Project C.U.R.E. website provides links to request a bag be delivered to your home with a list of the items to purchase and put inside the bag. There are even convenient drop off locations all around the U.S. so that you don't have to worry about anything except donating the supplies.

Here are a list of the items that are used to fill these kits:

  • Acetaminophen OR Ibuprofen (Jr. or Reg. strength, tablets)
  • Box of Adhesive Bandages
  • Triple Antibiotic Ointment 
  • 1% Hydrocortisone Cream
  • Toothbrushes (min. 4)
  • Hand sanitizer (travel-sized)
  • Elastic Bandage
  • Safety Pins
  • Comb
  • Facial Tissues (travel-sized)
  • Blunt Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Bar Soap
  • Nail Clippers (no manicure sets please)

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3.) C.U.R.E. Coffee

For this program, Project C.U.R.E. partners with a Colorado-based coffee company known as Boca Java. Together they work directly with farmers who harvest the product high in the mountains of Nicaragua and deliver quality coffee for a good cause.

The way it works is that for every fresh roasted bag of coffee beans that Boca Java sells, they donate $3 to C.U.R.E., which then provides medical relief to the very farmers who grow the beans, including their families and neighbors.

How can interested parties help in this cause? Well its pretty simple, drink some Boca Java coffee!

To this date, $400,000 dollars of medical relief has been delivered to the farming communities. Boca Java offers a strong statement of why they do what they do: "Every purchase goes beyond the bean to support direct trade coffee, strengthen the health care systems and save lives in the coffee growing region of Jinotega, Nicaragua."

Just recently, Project C.U.R.E. and Boca Java launched two new flavors -- Kenyan and World blends.  

Interested in helping out? Check out the Boca Java website and see what options fit you best.

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Volunteer Work

Project C.U.R.E. is one among many non-profit public health organizations that offer the opportunity to volunteer, which is a fantastic way to gain experience and get ahead in the game of Public Health Careers.

The company has a volunteer program, which is made up of all kinds of individuals, families, civic and church groups. 

Upon volunteering, tasks would include: 

  • contacting hospitals and doctors for donations
  • collecting donations
  • sorting supplies
  • packing boxes
  • loading supplies onto cargo containers to be shipped.

Some volunteers even get a chance to travel to other countries to help out with the company's mission!

So What?

If you are currently in college and looking to pursue public health jobs in the future, this could be a great place to start. Project C.U.R.E. offers several opportunities that will help get that proverbial foot in the door.

It is always helpful to start thinking about your future before graduation, so as to prepare for the complicated journey ahead.

If you are interested, check out what else Project C.U.R.E. has to offer in the realm of work/volunteer/internships.

So now that you know a little more about what options you have in the realm of Public Health careers, what path will you take?

Until next time readers!

 -Jennifer Verta-

If you’re interested in more education in Public Health and Public Health careers in general, the University of Colorado has an online Public Health program.