Gayle Rebovich, MD is a neurologist at the Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence, Rhode Island. She serves as the director of the hospital’s Stroke Program, and represents Roger Williams at quarterly meetings of the Rhode Island Stroke Task Force. In between her varied professional duties, Gayle Rebovich, MD engages in frequent international charity work. She has previously worked with Partners in Health, Earthwatch, and Cross-Cultural Solutions, among others.
In many parts of the world, people who live with certain disabilities face barriers to success and unfortunate social stigmas. In traditionally underserved areas, lack of access to healthcare can make some of these challenges feel insurmountable. Cross-Cultural Solutions volunteers around the world work to change both of these conditions in order to help people with disabilities lead rich, fulfilling lives.
CCS helps these individual through two main avenues. Firstly, volunteers work hands-on with local people. They provide basic aid, teach music and art lessons, and assist with physical therapy. These efforts directly help individuals, and they also take some of the burden off of over-worked medical professionals in developing communities.
Just as importantly, CCS volunteers bring visibility to disability services. They help remove stigmas and tear down social barriers, slowly helping communities reshape old ideas about how they relate to others.