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Friday, June 10 2022 - 01:59
Inteleos Announces Maya Health Alliance as MissionPOCUS Selection for 2022
ROCKVILLE, Md., June 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ --

Today Inteleos announced a pilot project with Wuqu' Kawoq | the Maya Health 
Alliance as the selection of the Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Certification 
Academy's 2022 MissionPOCUS(TM) project. As the fifth MissionPOCUS project 
since the initiative's inception in 2018, Inteleos' MissionPOCUS will award the 
Guatemalan organization a grant to establish an innovative education program 
aimed to decrease maternal mortality and improve access to care for indigenous 
Mayan populations. In collaboration with the University of Cincinnati 
Department of Family and Community (DFCM) Residency Division, the pilot program 
will employ a longitudinal training model focused on basic obstetric ultrasound 
initially, with a scalability plan to further implement additional 
non-obstetric ultrasound applications specific to their unique, rural primary 
care setting.

In Guatemala, indigenous Mayan populations experience a 2-3 times greater rate 
of maternal mortality and a 13-year decrease in life expectancy compared to 
their non-indigenous counterparts.[1] "Most women in rural Guatemala receive 
care from lay midwives and deliver at home due to barriers to hospital care 
including cost, language, and discrimination. The MissionPOCUS grant will give 
us the funds we need to bring life-saving ultrasound probes and well-trained 
healthcare workers into the homes of indigenous Guatemalan women," said Dr. 
Florence Hsiao, Global Health Fellow at University of Cincinnati, Program Lead 
at Wuqu' Kawoq.

The 2022 MissionPOCUS project emulates the commitment of the POCUS 
Certification Academy to lay the foundation for greater integration and 
utilization of POCUS in rural regions and developing countries. Dr. Hsiao adds, 
"This grant not only supports our work in Guatemala, but also connects us to 
the international POCUS community. It is both inspiring and humbling to see all 
the great work other MissionPOCUS recipients are doing around the world."

For more information about MissionPOCUS or the 2022 pilot program, visit

About Inteleos

Inteleos(TM) ( 
)  is a non-profit certification organization that delivers rigorous 
assessments and cultivates a global community of professionals dedicated to the 
highest standards in healthcare and patient safety. Inteleos is the overarching 
governance and management organization for the American Registry for Diagnostic 
Medical Sonography(R) (ARDMS(R) ( 
)) the Alliance for Physician Certification & Advancement(TM) (APCA(TM) ( 
)) and the Point-of-Care Ultrasound Certification Academy(TM) ( 
) which together represents over 124,000 certified medical professionals 
throughout the world. The Inteleos Foundation ( 
) represents the philanthropic efforts for the organization.

About POCUS Certification Academy

The POCUS Certification Academy ( 
), under Inteleos, offers rigorous clinical certification, POCUS education and 
training packages, and community building opportunities for clinicians in over 
100 countries. The POCUS Certification Academy allows healthcare providers to 
demonstrate their ultrasound skills and abilities, assess their proficiency 
through credentialing, and promote best practices in POCUS.

About Wuqu' Kawoq

Wuqu' Kawoq- The Maya Health Alliance ( 
) works to solve pressing health needs in indigenous communities in Guatemala. 
Since 2007, they have been advancing lasting changes in healthcare delivery 
across rural Guatemala so that high-quality care, health, and well-being are 
within reach for everyone. Led by indigenous Maya, they provide high-quality 
services and resources to 20,000 patients a year. Community Health Workers 
provide care in the communities where their patients live and in the languages 
they're most comfortable speaking. Wuqu' Kawoq's program areas include child 
health, chronic disease, maternal health, primary care, and women's health.

[1] MSPAS, S. (2011). Encuesta nacional de mortalidad materna. Guatemala: 

SOURCE: Inteleos

CONTACT: Torrey Smith, Director, Point-of-Care, Ultrasound Certification 
Academy, 240-386-1546,