Mission & Vision
“We were not all born to be doctors and nurses, but we were all born to be healers.”
-Dr. Chuck Dietzen, Founder and President of Timmy Global Health
Our Mission: Expanding access to healthcare; empowering students and volunteers to tackle global health challenges
Timmy Global Health expands access to healthcare and empowers students and volunteers to tackle today’s most pressing global health challenges. To achieve this goal, Timmy sends medical service teams to support the work of international partner organizations, channels financial, medical, and human resources to community based health and development projects, and works to empower students at U.S. high schools and universities to fundraise, advocate, and serve in an effort to fight health disparities at home and abroad.
Our vision: The promise of healthy futures
Since its founding in 1997, Timmy has been motivated and driven by one simple vision: All people, regardless of who they are, what resources they have, and where they live, should have access to quality healthcare. We believe that the people we serve should have the promise of healthy futures and that our volunteers should carry with them a lifelong commitment to humanitarianism, global awareness, and health equity.
Our History: From a hospital closet to a global non-profit
Timmy Global Health (formerly the Timmy Foundation) was founded in 1997 by Dr. Charles Dietzen, a pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist from Kokomo, Indiana. After working in a number of international settings, including with Mother Teresa in Calcutta in 1996, Dr. Chuck was inspired to broaden his commitment to fighting health disparities around the globe, while helping to inspire the next generation of healthcare professionals and leaders to do the same. The organization was named after Dr. Chuck’s brother Timmy, who passed away in his infancy. Timmy Global Health is a legacy to both Dr. Chuck’s brother and family, as well as a tribute to all the families, communities, and patients around the world that deserve quality healthcare and the promise of healthy futures.
What started as a humble, grassroots non-profit in a hospital closet in Indianapolis has matured into a nation-wide and global non-profit. Timmy now directly supports 10 project sites in 5 developing countries (Ecuador, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Nigeria, and El Salvador), has university and high school chapters at more than 50 schools across the United States, and indirectly supports dozens of additional international and local healthcare non-profits through its Indianapolis-based medical supply warehouse. Yet despite its growth, Timmy remains true to its grassroots, humble foundations. We consistently dedicate more than 90% of our funds to programming, thrive because of the individual contributions of a hundreds of annual volunteers, and exist because of an incredible committed, national network of supporters.
Our Goals and Objectives: Solidarity in service
- To support the community outreach efforts of our developing world partners by providing direct medical and healthcare services to undeserved, low-income communities through short term medical service teams;
- To strengthen our partner organizations by providing them with the financial, medical, in-kind, and human resources required to build their capacity and expand their outreach and impact;
- To foster a long term commitment to humanitarian values, global awareness, and health equity amongst our students and volunteers by empowering them to tackle today’s most pressing global health challenges firsthand.
Our Guiding Principles: Support mission, not create it
- To work in partnership with our international and local partner organizations, always maintaining a spirit of dialog and understanding, and being guided by the true sense of the word partnership;
- To always seek opportunities for students and volunteers to use their energy and compassion to address today’s global challenges, both at home and abroad;
- To ensure that our health programming and medical service provision are always facilitated in a responsible, efficient and effective manner, making sure to always do no harm;
- To utilize data-driven evaluation metrics to guide our programming and improve our work;
- To support the missions of like-minded organizations, rather than attempting to create our own.