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Meet Courtney Geolat, International Programs Assistant

Courtney and her husband at their wedding last summer. What does a typical day at work look like?  The beauty of my job is that no two days are the same. I spend time communicating with volunteers, coordinating logistics, researching country requirements (visas, NGO registration, etc.), and collaborating with program staff to plan training visits. … Continued

Meet Anne Betzner, Vice President of Programs and Evaluation

Anne Betzner, second from left, in India with Children’s HeartLink colleagues and the Newborn Foundation.   Your role is a new one for Children’s HeartLink. Tell us more about it: why it was created and what you hope to contribute and accomplish. Children’s HeartLink has a powerful, tested model that we know works. This position … Continued

A Warm Welcome to our New Partners in Coimbatore, India

Our partnerships in India go back almost 20 years. Our commitment to helping the country develop the capabilities needed to deliver high-quality pediatric cardiac care was strengthened this week when we signed a Memorandum of Understanding with G. Kuppuswamy Naidu Memorial Hospital (GKNM) in Coimbatore. A volunteer team from Mayo Clinic is paired with the GKNM … Continued

New Partnership in Qingdao is our Fifth in China

Children and families in China’s eastern Shandong province and the surrounding area will benefit from our new partnership with Qingdao Women and Children’s Hospital. The hospital is a member of a regional network of hospitals that serves 30 million in the greater Qingdao area, and it brings our total number of partner hospitals in China to … Continued

Welcome to our International Advisory Board, Dr. Kate Tulenko

We’re delighted to welcome Dr. Kate Tulenko to our International Advisory Board. Her experience and expertise will be a tremendous help to us as we continue to grow and expand our reach, training more medical professionals so they can treat more children with congenital heart disease. Currently the CEO of Corvus Health, a global health … Continued

Expanding Our Work in Vietnam

In Vietnam, not many children with heart disease get the care they need, especially infants with the most serious conditions. To help address this problem, this week we signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Vietnam National Children’s Hospital in Hanoi, our third partner hospital in this country of 95 million. The Ping & Amy Chao … Continued

West China Hospital Joins Children’s HeartLink’s Centers of Excellence

“Congratulations to Dr. An and the West China team! A dream has come true. Achieving the gains of the last decade has not been easy. Their accomplishment comes from focusing on professional growth as individuals, as a team and as a system. There has been sacrifice, hard work, setbacks and big challenges. Dr. An and his team … Continued

New Initiative with Indian Government Will Help Us Reach More Children

An article in The Hindu highlights our new initiative with the Indian government to reach more children with congenital heart defects. In the southern state of Kerala, congenital heart defects have been identified as a significant cause of infant mortality, accounting for almost a quarter of infant deaths. This new initiative will improve early diagnosis, management … Continued

Children Dying Preventable Deaths from Congenital Heart Disease

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Minneapolis, MN, USA – Over one million children are born with congenital heart disease (CHD) each year. When children with CHD receive timely treatment, 85% can survive into adulthood to live healthy, productive lives. Sadly, 90% of the children with CHD live in poor regions with little or no access to care. … Continued

HeartLink Gala Presented by Cargill a Huge Success!

Thanks to our many generous sponsors and donors, we raised over $900,000 at HeartLink Gala Presented by Cargill! This is a record for our organization and will help us expand our work and save thousands more children with heart disease next year. We are grateful for your support! You can find photos from the event on … Continued