Hi Patricia,

Patricia or Pat?  Mine is Russ.

Sorry for the delay in responding.  Have been traveling where there’s no WiFI or power.  Chronically-poor families.  Just returned.

Cambodia is one of the oldest cultures in the world; yet one of the world’s youngest countries.  History is complex, maybe you are aware of the Khmer Rouge.  If no, I can explain at your request.  The nation has been rebuilding since 2000.  I have lived here for almost 10-years.  My wife is from a small, very poor village.  We have two children.  I am the Founder of The Community for Khmer Villages.  It is a Cambodian NGO.  My wife, Srey Mao, is the President and CEO.

Location?  The mainland of SE Asia is comprised of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.  The maritime nations number six more bringing the composite to eleven nations, which together comprise the Association of Southeast Asian nations (ASEAN). 

While doing on-line research, I stumbled onto your work and your parent organization, Técnico Comunitario en Médicos Sin Fronteras (MSF).  Cambodia is looking to expand health care in the rural villages.  The Promotora model from Mexico is ideal for putting together the basics of a Cambodian Public Health Worker program, called Health Literacy Advisors.  I have been researching the Promotora model since 1996, which started while working with the Lakota Nation, American Indians living in the poorest country of the United States and continued when I was at Cornell University in New York.  I am originally from San Francisco.  My background includes work with serious mental illnesses:  schizophrenia, bi-polar, post-traumatic stress disorders and traumatic brain injuries as an  International Association of Trauma Professionals Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP).  This is what brought me to Cambodia.


Global Health Literacy Academy in Denmark,


The HLA strategy is an official Health Literacy Trailblazer project of GHLA.  It is under the guidance of Dr. Kristine Sorensen, refer Kristine Sorensen on ResearchGate for her skills, expertise, research, publications, or  Her support in the field of health & wellbeing is instrumental and irreplaceable.  She is world renown in Health Literacy, an authority in her field, and a wonderful heart.

Again, I am impressed with your parent organization, I am thrilled to be working with the Promotora model, reshaped to be culturally appropriate with Cambodia’s people, history language and needs.  Técnico Comunitario en Médicos Sin Fronteras (MSF), in general, and you in particular, offer what is very difficult to find:  feet-on-the-ground, practical consultation:  to really help people.  I am of the belief that health is the pathway from poverty.  To this, I have dedicated the rest of my life.  My request:  would you, like to serve as a Promotora model consultant – we can do exchanges electronically and the not-for-profit can pay you electronically a modest fee for your contributions.  If not, can you work through Técnico Comunitario en Médicos Sin Fronteras (MSF) and we can define the relationship and compensation, and sign a Letter of Agreement, institution to institution, for your services and those of your peers.

My deepest belief is that Health Literacy Advisors can become an adopted and adapted model for all of ASEAN countries and Dr. Kristine Sorensen will lead the march.  The current population of the entire region is 668,262,903 per UN estimates, Friday, June 12, 2020.  50% of the population is urban in 2019.  It’s young, with a median age in South-Eastern Asia is 30.2 years.  Cambodia’s median age is 25.6 years.  80% of Cambodians live in rural villages without health care.

Sincerely, Russ

Although I speak English, Khmer, Greek, Thai and Latin, I have not attempted Spanish, such a beautiful language.  Using my website, I have translated the above into Spanish.  My forgiveness for any grammar or vocabulary errors.

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