2013

Grants & Scholarships (2013)

In 2013, Bragg supported many leading organizations including the following:

nationa college of natural medicine

National College of Natural Medicine

bastyr

Bastyr University

Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine

University of Bridgeport for Natural Medicine

Natural Doctors International

Natural Doctors International

UC Santa Barbara / Health & Wellness Corps

Let’s Grow! School Gardens Program

PCRM – Healthy School Lunches Program

December 5, 2013Dear Dr. Patricia Bragg,

NDI would like to thank you for your incredible generosity, which has supported our
cause more than we can express. Your scholarship has provided not only dozens of
students from around the globe with the opportunity of a lifetime, but a cross-cultural
exchange of knowledge and creativity that has greatly benefited the mission of NDI.
Because this experience would not be possible without your support, our interns wished to
express their immense gratitude. Below you will find their letters of thanks and learn about
their unforgettable journey with Natural Doctors International. Thank you so much and
Happy Holidays.

In Health,
~ Team NDI Team


Dear Dr. Patricia Bragg,

I would like to share my sincere gratitude and appreciation for your generous donation, without global health brigade with Natural Doctors International this summer. I have spent the summer working with NDI’s Diosa Program, creating a series of facilitation guides for group discussions on violence against women. This will serve to increase the education and empowerment of women on the island, which will improve the overall health of the women and their families. With this Paul C. Bragg Global Health Scholarship, I was able to learn a great deal about naturopathic medicine and global health, and contribute my skills of translation and photography to the brigade. I am so thankful for your support, and I look forward to carrying this experience with me throughout my career in public service.

Thank you, ~ Mara D’Amico – Clinton School of Public Service Graduate Student


Dear Dr. Patricia Bragg,

I had the honor and privilege of attending the 36th NDI Global Health Course as part of my three-month internship experience thanks to an incredible gift from you and the Bragg Health Foundation. I wanted to express my gratitude by sharing my experience during this incredible week. Before I came to Ometepe to work on my summer project for the Clinton School of Public Service I had no idea how changed I would be on so many levels by this experience. The changes started upon my arrival at the airport on my first day and continued through meeting my fellow classmates who would expose me to the world of naturopathic medicine and extended through the very last moments I spent on the island. I am not a naturopath and I have learned so much about this way of serving people that makes so much sense to me.

During the Brigade I witnessed people truly in need being helped by doctors who didn’t know the language and who were also just beginning their medical journeys. I know that this experience will forever change the way they practice medicine as I know that I have been completely altered in what I will seek out for my own medical needs when I return to my home country. The week was filled with aches, pains, smiles, embraces and true gratitude. And not just from the clients, but from the Brigade students. Every single person entering the clinic was touched in some way and that is a miracle in itself. As I said before, I am not a naturopath, but I was able to offer my own gifts to the clinic in the form of my love of order. I spent my time in the clinic rearranging and organizing the many shelves and drawers so that the medicine and supplies could be put to their best use. It was so rewarding to be able to assist the doctors and medical students in finding just the right solution for a patient who had been suffering for years. I felt as though I played a part in their healing process and that brought me great joy.

The educational portion of the Brigade was also enlightening through the real life application of what I had been learning in my master’s program blended with the material offered by the NDI staff and my experiences on the island for the previous two months. All of these things came together perfectly and now I am seeing things very differently and am encouraged to continue working on social justice issues in the future both at home and abroad. Again without your gift of a scholarship I would not have been able to participate in this incredible week with amazing doctors, students, and island residents. This opportunity has changed who I am and for the better. Please know that your generosity is doing amazing things in the world through me as someone who has benefited from it.

With the utmost thanks and gratitude,
~Jenna Rhodes
Clinton School of Public Service, Master of Public Service Candidate 2014
University of Arkansas Medical Sciences, Master of Public Health Candidate 2014


Dr. Patricia Bragg,

No words can seem to express how grateful I am to be the recipient of the Paul C. Bragg Global Health Naturopathic physicians during Brigade #36 as well as the internship. Not only did I have a hands-on experience with naturopathic medicine during my time here, but I also learned the importance of promoting global health and knowing the effects of globalization. It is incredibly inspirational to see the passion and love that Dr. Tabatha Parker and her team have for providing accessible health care for those in improvised areas. The local people just radiate so much happiness when they speak of their own experience with NDI. It warms my heart to see how grateful this community is for all the work and positive change that NDI is doing. This was an opportunity of a lifetime and I will forever be thankful to you, NDI, and the people of Ometepe. I will keep this experience close to my heart and share it with my family, friends, and colleagues in the many years to come.

Thank you again for your generosity.
~ Esther Tak – National College of Natural Medicine


Dear Dr. Patricia Bragg,I would like to express my great appreciation for the opportunity given me by the Paul C. Bragg Global Health Scholarship. I am honored to have the opportunity to volunteer at the clinic in Nicaragua and to study global health. I intend to apply to my experience to assist in the expansion of global health services to include Chinese Medicine at a broad level. I believe in the work that NDI is doing locally and globally. The benefits of my experience will be with me for the remainder of my life. Thank you again for your generosity.

Sincerely,
~Laura LaDue, Lac – Acupuncturist & Herbalist


Dear Dr. Patricia Bragg

My internship this summer with Natural Doctors International (NDI) has been full of surprises! I finished my second year in the Naturopathic Medicine (ND) program at National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) in June, participated in the NDI brigade from July 5 to July 14, and will complete my 6-week internship at the end of August. Before I came to Nicaragua, I set an intention to be open-minded to whatever opportunity might arise and to submerge myself in the culture. At the clinic, we have seen patients with the flu, urinary tract infections, skin conditions, backaches, diabetes, hypertension, and cancer. Although these conditions are commonplace in the US, the treatment options are limited here based on donated supplies. My time with NDI has been so fulfilling and I am so grateful for the support of my friends and family. The passion inside of me to become a conduit for guiding people onto their own healing path has been reinvigorated!

~Venessa Madrigal – National College of Natural Medicine, Oregon


Dear Dr. Patricia Bragg,

I’ve seen and heard what health care is like in third world countries and had the opportunity to attend a couple of medical brigades during high school and college. When I first learned about an opportunity to observe naturopathic medicine being practiced in this type of setting, I immediately signed up for the brigade and the internship. The month that I spent in Ometepe opened my eyes to the poverty and deprivation that surround many parts of this world. Not only did I have a hands-on experience with naturopathic medicine here, but I also learned the importance of promoting global health and knowing the effects of globalization. This experience has taught me so much that it is hard to come away from it without being inspired to make a change and a difference in this world. Thanks to the Paul C. Bragg Global Health Scholarship, my experience with NDI has deepened my passion to serve others and hopefully one day I will return to Ometepe to give back to those who have given me an opportunity of a lifetime.

Thank you so very much,
~ Christopher Cho ~ Student


Dear Dr. Bragg,

Thank you for your support of NDI. Through the Paul C. Bragg Global Health Scholarship, I had the opportunity to
learn and work alongside Dr. Parker and Dr. Farr, two incredible Naturopathic physicians, for 10 days in Ometepe, Nicaragua. Not only was I able to experience naturopathic medicine as front line primary care, I also learned the importance of our role as human beings in global health. The effects of economic globalization run the entire spectrum, from extremely liberating to life threatening and crippling. We as Naturopathic physicians have the understanding and tools to help mitigate a portion of the destructive outcomes that are in
part a result of economic globalization.

Through our action we can make a difference … and we are doing so in Ometepe, Nicaragua. It is incredibly inspirational to see the passion and love that Dr. Tabatha Parker and her team have for providing accessible health care for those in improvised areas. The local people radiate so much happiness when they speak of their own experience with NDI. Being bilingual, it warmed my heart to see and hear stories about how grateful this community is for all the work and positive change that NDI is doing. We were so inspired by our time that we made a short video of our experience, attached for your viewing. This was an opportunity of a lifetime and I will forever be thankful to you, NDI, and the people of Ometepe. I will keep this experience close to my heart and share it with my family, friends, and colleagues in the many years to come. Thank you once again for your generosity and continued support. I look forward to meeting you in the near future to thank you in person.

In Health,
~ Adam Silberman – Student, Bastry California


Dr. Patricia Bragg,

I am so grateful to have been the recipient of the Paul C. Bragg Global Health Scholarship. It is because of how generous you are, that I got to go back to Nicaragua and serve the people on the island of Ometepe through NDI, for the second time. I wish I could express my gratitude and how honored I feel to have been able to help people, and practice what I love doing most. During the time I spent on the island, our brigade served over one hundred patients, who were not expecting anything from us, and yet, were so appreciative of our care. I also got to spend time with the local population on the island, including my host family. They gave me more than I can express, and I took home so much more than I could bring to them. I got to play on the street with the kids, laugh with them, and make new friends in a place so far away from home, and yet, so much like home now. Thank you again for this wonderful opportunity!

Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
~ Ivelina Frantchechkova


Dear Dr. Patricia Bragg,

Thank you for your great generosity from myself, my daughter, my University, and my future patients. Upon returning from Ometepe this past September my vision of becoming a socially responsible Naturopathic Physician was not only confirmed, it became my greatest goal.

Creating the video for NDI once I returned home was a phenomenal gift as it reconfirmed my path, and my love of Dr. Parker, her team, and of the community and worldwide changes NDI is making in health care. Because of your scholarship I not only attained the most intensive and enlightening medical experience of my medical school training/education, I was also able to attain footage for the NDI video, and to become inspired to make natural healthcare available to everyone.

I come from a background of teaching in high needs areas of inner city Los Angeles where I worked for 8 years. I knew I would bring my values of education for students of all socio-economic backgrounds and cultures to my training as a Physician, but it was this trip to Ometepe and the experience I had with the local community and the NDI team that not only reminded but also confirmed my greatest values. Striving for high quality healthcare availability to all communities is my highest goal and I have you to thank for helping me stay on my career path with the phenomenal training I received in Ometepe with NDI.

With gratitude,
~ Natiya Guin


Dr. Patricia Bragg,

I would like to take a moment to express my deepest gratitude for the opportunity given me by the Paul C. Bragg Global Health Scholarship fund. My volunteer experience at the clinic in Nicaragua, along with my study of global health, has been intricately woven into the foundation of my mission and vision for my forthcoming global integrative medical practice. Since my experience with NDI’s DIOSA program, I have traveled to other countries offering my services in naturopathic women’s health & midwifery – including Ghana and Senegal – and fully intend to continue to apply my experience to assist in the expansion of global health services on a much broader level. I believe in the work that NDI is doing locally and globally. The benefits of my experience will be with me for the remainder of my life. Thank you again for your generosity.

Sincerely,
~ Abigail O. Aiyepola, ND, LM, 3rd year Resident Physician