A Timeline of Impact

1959

Dr. Carroll Behrhorst, a family physician from Winfield Kansas, travels to Guatemala as a Lutheran medical missionary and is stationed in Antigua, Guatemala

1959-1961

For the next two years, Doc was required to re-establish himself as a Guatemalan licensed medical doctor. Concurrent with restoring clinic services in Antigua, Doc visited nearby Chimaltenango, the “cabecera” or capital of the department of Chimaltenango, home to the Kaqchikel Maya. The contrasts between Antigua and Chimaltenango were evident, particularly in the area of medical services. Antigua had them; Chimaltenango had almost none. Doc found himself devoting larger amounts of time in Chimaltenango than Antigua, drawn by the needs of the impoverished and underserved Kaqchikeles.

1962

Dr. Behrhorst founds a vitally needed medical program in Chimaltenango for the Kaqchikel Maya, the Behrhorst Clinic and “Hospitalito.” It will grow into a creative center for health and community development, pioneering an array of village-based programs.

Dig Deeper: 

Physician to the Mayas: The Story of Carroll Behrhorst by Edwin Barton. Philadelphia: Fortress Press. 1970. Narrative of Doc’s first decade in Guatemala.

Hortensia Otzoy de Cap’s memories of the early years. Voices Today. p 4.

Shifting Identities: The Transformation of Community Health Workers in Highland Guatemala. (2015) by Jonathan Maupin. Annals of Anthropological Practice, 39(1), 73-87. A multi-decade study of Behrhorst health promoters by medical anthropologist and grandson of Carroll Behrhorst.

Read more about Jonathan Maupin in The Behrhorst Ripples, pp 18-20.