Who we are
We are comprised of people from across the country who share similar passions about the need for change in both international and domestic health care. Since its founding, R4WH has been dedicated to creating a dialogue on the state of healthcare in communities across the world. By bringing together activists from across the country, we hope to inspire other medical professionals, volunteers, and communities to stand up as a unified voice for the millions who suffer at home and abroad.
Ride for World Health culminates its fundraising efforts in a 3,200 mile cross-country bike ride from San Diego, CA to Bethany Beach, DE. We will stop at 50+ locations along the way and educate community members about the healthcare issues our country and world is facing today. Through a coast-to-coast lecture series and other events, R4WH engages the general public and medical professionals in discussions of local health care issues while drawing parallels to global concerns.
Since the first cross-country trip, over 300 riders have raised nearly $600,000 for various national and global health charities. Each year, the riders elect which organization(s) to support. Any donations are greatly appreciated (and tax-deductible!)
In the wake of the 2015 earthquakes that devastated Nepal, Engage Nepal ([EN], previously Soarway Foundation) was created to address the long-term needs of the people who live there. With an eye on prevention, EN works closely within local communities to provide valuable resources where they are most needed. Healthcare is sparse as Nepal contains some of the most remote and unforgiving regions of the world. Our donation will be used to fund a major world health project in the area with the goal of improving healthcare infrastructure in the Tsum Valley. Their past work is notable for helping to develop the Nepal Ambulance Service, having trained over 100 paramedics. In addition, they have also worked with local pediatricians to provide nutritional rehabilitation for severely undernourished children.
Live Healthy Appalachia
Live Healthy Appalachia (LHA) works to promote healthy eating and active living through educational programs and community partnerships. In line with our own mission, LHA’s purpose is to make good health accessible for everyone in the Southeast Ohio area. Since their inception, over 7000 individuals in Southeast Ohio have taken part in LHA programs, including Live Healthy Kids, which serves second graders in the area. This programming incorporates nutrition education into an innovative, hands-on experience, focusing on providing evidence-based multi-sensory education to create long-term healthy habits. Ride for World Health’s donation will help support “Cook with Me”, which strives to bring students and parents together to learn about cooking skills and health topics together in a fun and family-friendly environment. All of LHA’s programming are available at low-to-no cost to participants. With your help, this type of programming will empower more parents, students and families with the skills they need to continue making healthy life choices at home.
Asian Health Initiative Free Clinic
Asian Health Initiative Free Clinic (AHI) is a collaborative community project that seeks to improve the health of the medically under-served Asian population in central Ohio by providing culturally and linguistically appropriate services. Receiving healthcare has long been an issue for some Asian immigrants in the U.S. Due to language barriers and the lack of health literacy, they have limited access to medical treatments and preventive services. On the other hand, low-income families may not be able to afford medical expenses even if they do have some coverage.
The AHI free clinic aims to break these barriers to maintain good health of our community members. Our goals are to improve access to health care, assist in maintaining good health, and to promote health screenings in the Asian community.