Yvette Martas, MD, Joins Board of Grounds for Health


Williston, VT, April 24, 2019 –Yvette Martas, M.D., OB/GYN, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Connecticut, was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of Grounds for Health, an international healthcare nonprofit that has a US administrative office in Williston, Vermont.

Dr. Martas, of Columbia, CT, has been a dedicated volunteer since 2006, when she first travelled to Mexico to support the nonprofit’s innovative program to prevent cervical cancer. Along with offering her time and talent as a clinician, Dr. Martas served as a member of the Grounds for Health Advisory Board, providing valuable insights into the world of women’s health in low-income countries.

“I am deeply honored to be appointed to the Board,” said Yvette Martas. “I have witnessed and experienced the work of Grounds for Health first hand. Its philosophy respects the rights of women and expands on the concept of training health providers to prevent cervical cancer deaths. Engaging in a cooperative relationship with coffee growers and coffee laborers creates a sustainable approach to cervical cancer screening specifically and preventive health promotion in general.”

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Martas to our Board, as she is a respected and well-known physician in women’s health,” said Ellen Starr, Executive Director of Grounds for Health. “Her extensive global health experience working in low resource settings will enable her to bring insight and a wealth of knowledge to bear on our current programs in Kenya and Ethiopia. Her administrative and advisory experience will help her guide our strategic opportunities going forward. We are lucky to have her on our team.”

Grounds for Health trains local health professionals to screen and treat cervical pre-cancer and helps them develop a sustainable program in their communities to keep women healthy and stop cervical cancer deaths. Working primarily in low resource areas of the coffeelands, Grounds for Health has developed programs in Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, and Tanzania, and currently has programs in Kenya and Ethiopia.

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