November 2009 – The KMD Foundation proudly sponsors American Friends of the Czech Republic Gala Award Dinner.

October 2009 – Motol Medical Seminar in Prague

The KMD Foundation was proud to collaborate with Charles University 2nd Medical Faculty to host a second annual medical seminar. The event provided a forum for medical students and faculty at Charles University to discuss the importance of global medical education, networking, and sharing of knowledge and expertise. Representatives from The KMD Foundation presented information about the opportunities offered by the Regina’s Hope Medical Program, as well as the Global Health Program. The 2009 visiting student participants shared their experiences. The seminar’s speakers included: Dr. Jan Stary, Head of the Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Dr. Ondrej Hrusak, Dean of Charles University 2nd Medical Faculty, former Regina’s Hope Medical Program participants Jitka Bolchova, Adela Friedlova, and Ondrej Suchanek, and representatives of The KMD Foundation, John Pellouchoud, Jana Sevcikova, and Kristyna M. Driehaus.

June and August 2009 – Three Czech Medical Students will be visiting Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago

During the summer of 2009, two medical students will travel to Chicago as participants in the Regina’s Hope Medical Exchange Program. Jitka Bolchova will begin her practicum at Children’s Memorial Hospital in July, and Adela Friedlova will begin in August. We are very excited to welcome these two strong, sharp, and independent women. In addition, Mr. Ondrej Suchanek has been accepted as the first Czech medical student to be supported by The KMD Foundation for participation in the Global Health Program run by Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. This program is available to both Czech and American students through an agreement signed by Chicago’s Feinberg School of Medicine and Prague’s Charles University. This agreement has been facilitated by The KMD Foundation.

June 2009 – The KMD Foundation Provides a Grant for Four Walter Payton College Preparatory High School Students to Visit their Sister School in Prague: The Gymnasium Nad Aleji

In March 2010, 18 students from Walter Payton College Prep. in Chicago will travel to Prague to establish a working relationship with Czech students involved in the Sister Cities School Exchange Program. The project goal is to expose young men and women to cultures other than their own and to establish a long-term relationship between the schools and their students. Walter Payton College Prep is a selective enrollment public school catering to the academic needs of a very diverse community. Payton serves a student body which consists of approximately: 30% African-American, 30% Anglo, 30% Latino, 9% Asian, and 1% Native American students. Approximately 34% of this student body of 875 lives at or below the poverty level and receives free or reduced lunch.

June 2009 – Dvorak Festival

The KMD Foundation was not only one of the sponsors of the opening night of The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Dvorak Festival, but also hosted a week-long visit by the great grandson of Antonin Dvorak, Mr. Peter Dvorak, accompanied by his son, Peter Dvorak, the great, great grandson of Antonin Dvorak. The Dvoraks attended the opening night of the Festival, as well as many events associated with the CSO’s Festival. The Dvoraks enjoyed meeting so many Czech and American symphony lovers as well as visiting a wide variety of Chicago’s best sites.

May 2009 – Dita Broz, Former Executive Director and Current Board Member of The KMD Foundation earns her Ph.D. in Epidemiology at the University of Illinois/Chicago

We are proud of Ms. Broz! Ms. Broz and Ms. Driehaus had worked together as co-chairs in the Chicago Sister Cities International Program for over six years. Ms. Broz was Ms. Driehaus’ partner in the creation of The KMD Foundation. Ms. Broz has been a great inspiration and an effective driver of many projects, such as the Regina’s Hope Medical Exchange. We are truly grateful for all her contributions to The KMD Foundation and so very proud of her recent academic achievement.

May 2009 – Liberty Award – KMD

At the May 7, 2009 Annual Dinner and Officer Installation of the Bohemian Lawyers’ Association of Chicago, Kristyna M. Driehaus received their prestigious Liberty Award for her work and the work of The KMD Foundation within the Czech community. During this wonderful event held at the LaGrange Country Club, the work of Mrs. Driehaus and the Foundation was introduced by Professor Judy Munson, John Marshall Law School, Dr. Edward Ogata, Chief Medical Officer of Children’s Memorial Hospital, and Edward “Duke” Delin, Chairman of the Prague Committee of the Chicago Sister Cities International Program. Highlighted was Ms. Driehaus’ continued dedication to, and involvement with, the Czech Community, both in the US and the Czech Republic. The speakers made numerous references to the works of Ms. Driehaus over the past 11 years, first as a former Chairperson of the Prague Committee of the Chicago Sister Cities International Program and, now, as a President of The KMD Foundation. Thank you to Bohemian Lawyers’ Association of Chicago for recognizing Kristyna’s and the Foundation’s work!

April 2009 – The KMD Foundation welcomed Mayor of Prague 6, Tomas Chalupa, in Chicago

Tomas Chalupa, Mayor of Prague 6, visited Chicago during April 2009 to attend the Chicago Global Cities Forum 2009 as a guest of Mayor Daley. During Mr. Chalupa’s week long stay, The KMD Foundation’s representatives had the pleasure of hosting several dinners and events during which Mr. Chalupa had the opportunity to meet with many of Chicago’s most successful business individuals, Czech community leaders, and other significant supporters of the Czech community.

February 2009 – International Collaborative for Public Health Emergency Preparedness (ICPHEP)

Since 2006, funding from The KMD Foundation has contributed to launching the ICPHEP initiative in the Czech Republic and to enhancing its professional relationships with new and existing ICPHEP partners in the Czech Republic and the U.S. These efforts continue to be strengthened by The KMD Foundation’s 2009 grant award, which was used, in part, to assure strong participation in the 2009 ICPHEP Prague Workshop. The KMD foundation made it possible for the Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, Damon T. Arnold, M.D., M.P.H., and the Associate Dean from the UIC/School of Public Health, Dr. Sylvia Furner, to travel to Prague and share their expertise with public health professionals in the Czech Republic. Having these high-level individuals included as part of the Prague Workshop amplifies the importance of transatlantic public health relations.

February 2009 – Candidate Interviews for the 2009 Regina’s Hope Medical Program

John Pellouchoud and Kristyna Driehaus traveled to Prague to personally interview student candidate finalists for the Regina’s Hope Medical Program. The selection committee was pleased to find that all of these medical students were highly qualified and passionate about improving healthcare for others. After thorough consideration, two students, Adela Friedlova and Jitka Bolchova, were selected to undertake 2009 summer clerkship training at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago