When Housecall Providers (HCP) clinician Pam Hiransomboon-Vogel, FNP was working as an RN in the intensive care unit of Oregon Health Science University, her coworker inadvertently planted a seed in her mind. He mentioned that his father was the medical director of Project Helping Hands, an Oregon nonprofit that sends medical volunteers overseas to provide treatment to those who lack access to healthcare. Pam, who had always wanted to visit Africa, started playing with the idea of combining her medical skills with traveling abroad. Eight years later, that thought became a reality when she was selected to a Project Helping Hands medical team headed for Uganda.
Pam returned last February from three weeks in Uganda splitting her time between Kampala, the capital city and the remote village of Nangaiza seven hours away. “Our team (clinicians and RNs) consisted of 11 members from across the US. Four of us were from Portland, two being my good friends, so that helped ease my transition into a developing world,” Pam said. Read more