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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.

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Earthwatch
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Esteemed neurologist Gayle Rebovich, MD leads the Stroke Program at the Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence, Rhode Island. Alongside her lifesaving work in the American hospital, Gayle Rebovich, MD frequently lends her time and skills to charitable pursuits around the world. Among her many service projects, she has visited both India and Kenya to work with the Earthwatch Institute.

The Earthwatch Institute is dedicated to protecting the Earth and its inhabitants from all manner of threats, with a particular emphasis on problems caused by human activity. Since 1971, the international charity has worked diligently in order to change the world through education and advocacy.

Earthwatch members are currently working in Kenya to save the black rhino. Listed as critically endangered, black rhino numbers have dwindled from 20,000 in 1970 to just 540 today. Efforts to save this animal center on Earthwatch’s large-scale data collection project.

Volunteer researchers are busy studying the black rhino’s habitat requirements in order to learn how best to help them. Earthwatch participants are studying their territorial patterns, food consumption, and interactions with other non-human animals. This information will allow them to improve upon current nature reserves in the region and allocate resources in the most efficient way possible.