Cooperative of American Physicians Announces Winners of Community Hero and Community Leadership Awards

Paula R. Dhanda, MD, and Gudata S. Hinika, MD will Receive Grants for their Associated Charities

LOS ANGELES, January 14, 2020 – The Cooperative of American Physicians, Inc. (CAP) today announced the winners of its first-ever CAPtivating Causes Community Hero and Community Leadership Awards. Paula R. Dhanda, MD, FACOG, FACS, a CAP member since 1990, received the inaugural Community Hero Award, which includes a $5,000 grant for Worldwide Healing Hands, the charitable organization that she created in 2009. Gudata S. Hinika, MD, a CAP member since 2001, received the Community Leadership Award, which includes a $1,000 grant for Ethiopia Health Aid, an organization founded by Dr. Hinika in 2007.

Dr. Dhanda has led medical teams on missions all over the world, including Haiti, Nepal, Uganda, and Cambodia. She has created clean birth kits and produced a film called "Helping Babies Breathe" which is distributed widely to teach neonatal resuscitation to physicians, midwives, and traditional birth attendants. Participants in her classes are also given resuscitation equipment, and her teams have trained well over 200 doctors, midwives, and nurses.

Dr. Hinika has dedicated his life to alleviating adverse health conditions in underserved communities. His commitment extends far beyond hospital walls locally and globally. Dr. Hinika is the Founder and CEO of Ethiopia Health Aid (EHA), a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to build healthy, self‐reliant communities in rural Ethiopia through education, health, and action. He and his wife, Wubitu, started the process of building a hospital in the town of Negele Arsi in 2011, and the hospital opened in July 2017. EHA takes volunteers to the region twice a year to perform medical services, and the Negele Arsi Hospital is setting up a health college to train 200 nurses and medical workers.

“CAP’s commitment to our members goes far beyond mitigating risk and offering educational resources, just as our members’ commitments extend far beyond the borders of California or even the United States,” said CAP CEO Sarah E. Scher, JD. “Our Community Hero and Community Leadership Awards are just one way we want to highlight the outstanding nonprofit and charity work that our members are involved in, and we’re proud to draw more attention to the outstanding organizations that they’ve created.”

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About the Cooperative of American Physicians, Inc.

The Cooperative of American Physicians, Inc. (CAP), established in 1975, offers medical professional liability protection to some 12,000 of California's finest physicians through the Mutual Protection Trust. In 2013, CAP organized CAPAssurance, a Risk Purchasing Group, to bring liability insurance coverage to hospitals, healthcare facilities, and large medical groups. Based in Los Angeles, CAP also has offices in San Diego, Orange County, and Walnut Creek. For more information, visit CAP is licensed as a California surplus lines broker (License No. 0B72723). The insurance products provided under the CAPAssurance, a Risk Purchasing Group, program are issued by a “non-admitted” or “surplus line” insurer that is not licensed by the State of California.

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