Photo courtesy of HLI
Photo courtesy of HLI

Forty years after the end of the United States’ Secret War in Laos, the Seattle-based non-profit Health Leadership International (HLI) will host four Lao medical dignitaries during a week-long “Study Tour” funded by U.S. State Department Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (DOS/WRA). The dignitaries—Dr. Somchanh Xaysida, Dr. Sichanh Himpaphanh, Dr. Virak Vidalay, and Dr. Molina Choummanivong—have been co-faculty and mentors to HLI’s volunteer professionals who have built HLI’s bi-lingual medical curriculum in ultrasound, primary care (with a focus on emergency care), midwifery, medical leadership and medical English.

The Lao Medical “Study Tour,” which will take place June 8 to June 12, is part of HLI’s mission to build bridges of understanding and a legacy of health instead of a legacy of war. As part of the “Study Tour,” HLI and the Lao Heritage Foundation are hosting a Lao Dignitary Dinner and Award Ceremony at the Foundry by Herban Feast on June 9 to honor the joint U.S. and Lao PDR partnership in building a legacy of health on this 40th year anniversary of the Laotian diaspora.

HLI is a Seattle-based, 501c3 non-profit committed to sustainable educational solutions that address the global healthcare disparity.

For more information, visit www.healthleadershipinternational.org.

Photo courtesy of HLI
Photo courtesy of HLI
Photo courtesy of HLI
Photo courtesy of HLI

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