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If ASRI made a road, we would follow that road

Aug 22nd, 2014
Sahut Sah Madi works with his neighbors to keep clean water flowing from the forest

By Trina Jones More than three years ago, the Gunung Palung community came to ASRI with a radical idea. Why not have an advocate, drawn from the community leaders in each village around the park that could work with loggers one-on-one to find alternative livelihood activities and sources of income? What emerged was the Forest…

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Sometimes all you need is a pair of ducks

Aug 5th, 2014
Will you help Ibu Hamisah continue the DOTs program?

By Dr. Kinari Webb Sometimes you start things but you have no idea where they will go. That is what happened when we hired Ibu Hamisah to be one of our village health workers six years ago. She was a shy woman from a village about half an hour away from our clinic who had very…

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From dentist to director: Welcoming Dr. Monica as ASRI’s new leader

Jul 30th, 2014
Monica and Etty with ASRI's conservation comic

By Kelsey Hartman, Health In Harmony Communications Associate Monica Ruth Nirmala, DDS is part of a proud, if new, tradition in Borneo: dentists saving the rainforest. This month, she follows in the footsteps of internationally celebrated dentist and conservation inspiration Dr. Hotlin Ompusunggu by becoming the Executive Director of Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI). How did…

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Community through Communication: Sending Kelsey on with Love

Jul 1st, 2014
Kelsey in the forest she worked to protect

By Trina Jones “I was so excited about Health In Harmony, I would do whatever I could to help,” Kelsey Hartman said of her reaction to hearing Dr. Kinari Webb talk at Smith College in 2012. After she graduated from Smith with a B.A. in Biological Sciences and worked on the Obama re-election campaign that…

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Investing in Leadership: Dr. Vina Wang

Jun 26th, 2014
Dr. Nomi using ultrasound at the ASRI clinic. Photo: Michelle Bussard

By Kelsey Hartman When Dr. Vina Wang first told her parents she would like to work for Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI) in rural Borneo, they took some convincing. “When I first wanted to go to ASRI, it was hard to ask for my father’s permission because my parents think Borneo is in the middle of…

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New Doctors Advance the Cause of Holistic Healthcare

Jun 26th, 2014
Yuli

By Trina Jones On one of my last days in Sukadana, I talked with my friends Dr. Nomi and Dr. Yuli, ASRI’s two newest physicians, about why they chose ASRI and what they like about working in the clinic. Both women are passionate about serving their patients and driven to learn and improve. They were…

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HIH model growing as an innovative leader over and over… and over

May 30th, 2014
Early morning rainforest landscape in Gunung Palung National Park. Photo: Erick Danzer

Three exciting opportunities developed in the last few months that are all serving to place Health In Harmony and our founder, Dr. Kinari Webb, in a position of innovative leadership around the globe. The recognition from Rainer Arnhold, Ashoka, and the CLASSY Awards will help the model gain further attention and traction as it grows…

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