International Consulting Services
World Services of La Crosse, Inc. (World Services) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization founded in 2001. The international work of the organization began in 1992 and was originally a co-operative partnership of two large U.S. health care organizations located in La Crosse, Wisconsin – Gundersen Lutheran and Franciscan Skemp–Mayo, an affiliate of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. In 2001 the international work of those two organizations was restructured and evolved into World Services. Since that time, the health care organizations have had representation on the World Services Board of Directors, and both health care systems have continued support and involvement with international work.
Throughout the 1990’s health care remained a major focus of this international consulting work. Since then, World Services has expanded on this original focus of health care consultation and technical assistance to include consultancy services as well as a robust program of citizen exchange programs. Delegates have come from Africa, Azerbaijan, Republic of Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Serbia Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Program themes for the delegates have included Agricultural-Business, Accountable Governance and Civil Society (Municipal and Regional Government), Education, Environment, Food Safety, Health, Human Services (Child Protection, Domestic Violence, etc), Librarians, Non-Government Organizations (NGO) Development, Rule of Law and Tourism.
The goal of World Services is to develop programs, people and leaders to bring new methods, visions, strategic plans, and ethical development to emerging democracies. Specifically, World Services provides expertise in three areas: Program Development, Professional and Leadership Development, and Organizational Development. Often projects start on a small scale with an individual institution or facility and are developed into sustainable models for replication at regional or national levels.
Specifically, World Services provides international consulting expertise in three areas: program, professional, and organizational development. Often projects are a blend of activities from two or more of these areas, start on a small scale with an individual institution or facility and are developed into sustainable models for replication at regional or national levels.