If we hold true (which we do) to the definition of health by the World Health Organization (WHO)
that: "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the
absence of disease or infirmity,"[1], then we should target several approaches to reach that goal.
It is customary to think of health in the prism of the medical model. Equally important is to explore
the roles of social factors that appear to play even more important influence. This is particularly
evident for those who are poor, powerless, and with limited access to needed services. The wide
inequality seen in all societies globally must be mitigated if everyone has to live healthy lives. The
health of vulnerable populations is inescapably intertwined to everyone else including higher use of
resources when they are sick because they cannot access primary/preventive health services, are
part of the travel chains (e.g., spread of infectious and communicable diseases such as Ebola and
flu...), and rely on social services we all pay into.
Our approaches are to use several 'ROADS' including health, education, agriculture,
cultural/traditional....to reach this utopian state of health. However, because we understand that
reaching this perfect state is generally elusive or very hard to achieve, we take approaches to
reach optimal health in the context of target communities toward primary health services.

Our targeted ‘Roads’ are, therefore, based on the following:

  • Exploring  and using community-based primary health care approaches to manage the
    interplays of factors that affect the health status of rural and vulnerable people
  • Integrating existing systems (health, education, agricultures, social programs….) with
    community  and external  resources to improve primary health for vulnerable and rural
    population
  • Community-based participation, the Community as prime movers,….
  • Program based but driven by research/evidence-based focus
As ‘cashless’ as possible….fund to target developments (human/training/education, access/roads,
infrastructures, equipment, housing for rural staffs....)

  • Providing simple, inexpensive, and targeted services in rural areas and among vulnerable
    population can help to reduce several key poor health poor health indicators (maternal and
    child health, water and sanitation, and spread of infectious diseases).

[Targeted] types of vulnerable  population
  • Rural based dwellers                                
  • Dwellers in hard to reach or remote  locations
  • Slum dwellers                
  • Poorest of the poor [and often powerless]
  • Those with limited autonomy to make healthcare decisions (e.g., women and children,
    family planning options
  • Those with limited or no [formal] education
  • Those who are underserved and underprivileged
  • Mentally ill
  • Disabled
  • Elders
  • Orphans
  • Minorities
[1] WHO definition of Health: http://www.who.int/about/definition/en/print.html
Exploring the Roads to Rural, Hard to Reach, and Other Vulnerable Population Health
WE ARE UPDATING THIS SITE FOR
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CALENDAR OF ROADS TO HEALTH
PRESENTATION EVENTS

Roads To Health and Lorma National Association
scientific and fundraiser event in Minnesota from
May 3-4 2019. Details to come.

Roads To Health Training Workshop on Developing
Rural Health Programs
Friday, November 16, 2018 from 6:30pm-9:30pm
Eastern Time
6612 Woodland Avenue, Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania 19142

Guest Presenter at the THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF
HEALTH, EDUCATE, PREVENT, PROMOTE,
EVALUATE, NETWORK, SAFETY (HEPPENS)
PROGRAM FOR EMPOWERMENT
Theme: HUMANITARIAN SERVICES WITHOUT
BORDERS
Jubilee City
Convenant Outreach Church
1040 South  57th Street
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19143


December 2, 2017 - Atlantic City/Absecon, NJ

Presentations at North Hennepin  and St. Paul
College in MN. Also at the OLM Center  November
17-19, 2017 - Brooklyn Park/St.Paul/Minneapolis, MN

[Program] Annual Health/Scientific Conference  on
October 20-22, 2017- Philadelphia, PA.       The
flyer for the event

July 7, 2017 - Silver Spring, MD

May 31, 2017 - Washington D.C
April 29, 2017 - New Castle DE
January 19-February 10, 2017 - Liberia
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Conducted a dialogue session hosted by the African
Student Organization at the Richard Stockton
University in Pomona, New Jersey on November 16,
2016 at 4pm EST. Diplomats from African countries
were invited. A large delegation from the Embassy
of the Democratic Republic of Congo attended.
Please click here for the invitation to attend the
dialogue.

Des Moines, Iowa. October 21-22, 2016.
We are glad to partner with the Federation of Lofa
Association in the Americas to carry out project
activities in Lofa County. Dr. Jallah Kennedy
served as keynote speaker at the Inauguration of  
the elected officers headed by Dr. Alex Johnson
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Participated in the anniversary active with Blessed
Harvest Ministries in Philadelphia on 10/30/16 at
2pm.
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Brooklyn Park, Minnesota with the Barrobo United
Development Association
Friday 8/19/16 and Saturday 8/20/2016
Brooklyn Park Community
5600 85th Ave N,
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
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Saturday, 8/27/16  with Change Agent Network, Inc
1629 K St.
Suite 300 N.W.
Washington DC

The event in Baltimore on Sunday, 8/28/16  at:
21 Reaching Circle
Essex, MD 21221
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New York
Saturday, September 3, 2016

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New England
Saturday September 3, 2016
27 Preneta Street
Pawtucket, RI 02861

Sunday, September 4, 2016
Worcester
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Philadelphia/Darby
Convention October 7-9, 2016

6612 Woodland Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19142

7766 Wayne Avenue
Upper  Darby, PA 19082
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Worldwide (Source: WHO):  
5.9 million children under
the age of 5 years died in
2015 - that’s about
11 children deaths every minutes.
Most deaths are in Africa; are
preventable; treatable with
affordably
simple interventions; and mainly
related to diarrhea, malaria,
malnutrition, pneumonia, and birth
complications.

Every day, 830 women die
because of pregnant and childbirth
reasons – that’s about 35 deaths
every hour. About 99% of these
maternal deaths are in developing
countries and mostly in Africa. The
reasons for these deaths mainly
include poverty, high teenage
pregnancies,
bleeding, infections,
high blood pressure, unsafe
abortion, childbirth complications,
distance, cultural/traditional
practices, and access to skilled
health professionals/facilities
Our appreciation to the presenters, donors, and participants at the recent health and scientific conference in Darby/Philadelphia from
October 7-8, 2016.
PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL PROGRAM BROCHURE
INVITATION TO SERVE ON A 25-YEAR LONGITUDINAL RESEARCH IN LIBERIA.
Roads To Health is developing the design of a six (6) to 25-year (spanning from 2017 to 2042) longitudinal health research in Liberia focusing primarily on
maternal-child health, community-based participatory approaches, and infectious diseases. The research will predominately be conducted in rural parts of
Liberia in locations that are especially hard to reach. The goal of the study will be to understand the impacts of agriculture (nutrition and food security),
education (literacy rates and school-based), and health (access to primary health care, outreach, and service utilization) services can influence health
outcomes especially among women and children.
PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS INCLUDING MEETINGS AND CREDENTIAL CRITERIA
Our appreciation for those that attended the recent Roads To Health and partners Delaware event. Please click here for the
program event activities.
Roads to Health (Roads to Rural and Vulnerable Population Health) is a non-profit 501(c)(3)
health and research organization registered for charity, scientific, and educational purposes
Contacts: Roads To Health. Phone: 609-233-1876 and 609-271-1109. Fax: 609-404-1003. Email: info@rthealth.org. In Liberia [0886512281 and 0770512281]. Email: info@rthealth.org
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Our team returned from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea for health missions from November 24-December 20,2018 to develop
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programs as part of our goal for improving health outcomes.