Shared Beat was started in 2006 by Boerne residents Dr. Wright Hartsell and Jenny Hartsell along with Dr. Marie Berkenkamp and Jeff Beal, DDS to fulfill a need for medical support in an educational reinforcement project serving the children living around a Guatemala dump.
Dr. Wright Hartsell examining a baby in Guatemala in 2011
Shared beat currently serves nonprofits and educational programs in 22 Guatemalan communities with the mission of empowering children and their families through health & wellness care and education so they can achieve self reliance and a positive future.
Since 2006, Shared Beat has logged 35,000+ volunteer hours on 15 medical outreach trips with 240 volunteers from 18 states. The board is 100% volunteer and every individual who goes on a medical outreach trip raises their own support.
Shared Beat’s impact:
Medical Team Outreach Twice a Year
- Total patients to date- 8,800
- Total Prescriptions- 14,000
Safe Passage Outreach- Our main project, an educational reinforcement program
- Annual physical & visual exams for 550+ students
- Annual Emergency Fund for students
- Yearly supplies & medication donations
- Monetary support for a full-time Guatemalan nurse and part-time Guatemalan physician
- Monetary support for a Health Promoter & Health Education Teacher
To date Shared Beat has supplied over 635 pairs of glasses and reading glasses.
Scholarships are provided for qualified adult and traditional students who wish to enter a career in health care. Ten students are currently in the program and two have graduated and are practicing nurses.
Daily Vitamins for 4800 Children, Pregnant & Nursing Mothers & at risk senior adults
The annual “Aloha Summer” Luau serves two purposes: 1) To celebrate the end of summer with an authentic Hawaiian luau and 2) to raise awareness and support for the non-profit and community organizations that serve Boerne. We’re proud to have over 15 partners this year and will feature each one leading up to the luau on August 25h from 6-11pm at the Agricultural Heritage Center. For more information about the luau or the featured organization, email Reagan Pugh at firstname.lastname@example.org – aloha!