Global Health Corps
|Method||Supporting existing organizations by building communities of passionate healthcare professionals|
|Slogan||To mobilize a global community of emerging leaders to build the movement for health equity|
- 1 Preamble
- 2 Global Health Corps Fellows
- 3 Placement organizations
- 4 Program Overview
- 5 References
- 6 External links
GHC pairs young professionals from the United States and abroad to work in paid, year-long fellowships with organizations serving poor communities in East Africa, Southern Africa, and the United States. Global Health Corps recruits fellows from a wide range of skill sets. Fellows work in teams of two; each pair is made up of one American fellow and one international fellow to promote cross-cultural awareness and understanding. Current fellowships range in focus from supply chain management for medicines, computer programming for electronic medical records, architecture for new hospitals, and monitoring and evaluation for interventions to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV. In the most recent fellow class of 2013-2014, GHC received almost 4000 applications for 106 positions with 44 partner organizations. Since its founding in 2009, GHC has deployed 322 fellows to work in 7 countries.
In 2009, Global Health Corps sent its first class of fellows to year-long assignments in Rwanda, Malawi, Tanzania, Newark, and Boston. The 22 fellows were selected from 1,300 applicants. After a two-week Training Institute at Stanford University, the fellows began assignments with one of five partner nonprofits: the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative, Partners In Health, the Southern African Center for Infectious Disease Surveillance, Covenant House in Newark, New Jersey, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. The Training Institute has been held at Yale University in New Haven, CT since July 2010.
The Global Health Corps concept arose from brainstorming at the aids2031 conference hosted by Google.org in March 2008. Global Health Corps was founded in 2009 and has received support from Google.org and a number of other private organizations. The CEO and Co-Founder of Global Health Corps, Barbara Pierce Bush was awarded an Echoing Green Fellowship and a Draper Richards Fellowship in 2009 to support the development of the Global Health Corps.
Global Health Corps Fellows
Global Health Corps fellows come from diverse backgrounds, and vary in educational experience, professional expertise, and personal background.
The application period for these paid fellowships runs from early November to late January of each year. Applicants apply directly to specific positions with Placement Organizations of their choice, and can be considered for multiple placements with multiple organizations. GHC is committed to contributing to the development of young leaders in global health,and encourages interested college graduates 30 or under to apply. Applicants do not necessarily need to have a background in clinical healthcare, and in fact, GHC encourages applicants with diverse backgrounds and interests to apply. While certain placements might require proficiency in a language other than English, all applicants should at least have a working proficiency in English.
Global Health Corps recruits, selects and places emerging young leaders with non-profit organizations and government agencies in Burundi, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, the United States,and Zambia. Organizations must be able to identify an area of need, create a job description for a fellowship position, demonstrate the capacity to absorb two new full-time staff, and identify a clear manager for the fellow team in order to be considered for partnership. Fellows work in teams of two – one international fellow and one national fellow – focusing on a wide range of issues in a variety of different positions, including program management, monitoring and evaluation and procurement and logistics.
Placement and Fellow Selection
- GHC recruits placement organizations that are doing work in improving healthcare access and health outcomes for the poor. Placement organizations range from small grassroots organizations to large global institutions.
- Placement organizations must identify an area of need, create a job description for a fellowship position, demonstrate the capacity to absorb two new full-time staff,and identify a clear manager for the fellow team.
- Fellow candidates apply for specific positions with one of our placement organizations for which they have relevant skills and experience, and are selected jointly by GHC and the placement organization.
- GHC currently places fellows in Burundi, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, the United States, and Zambia Fellows work in a yearlong paid position with a manager at the placement organization who provides guidance and support.
- Fellowships are available in a wide range of areas, from monitoring and evaluation to supply chain management, communications to human resources. GHC focuses on engaging young people in fields that help to build health systems and improve health services without requiring clinical training.
- Fellows are evaluated regularly by placement organization staff, and through self evaluations facilitated by GHC.
Over the course of the fellowship year, fellows participate in a wide range of activities aimed at increasing their effectiveness as practitioners and their development as leaders. These include:
Training and retreats
- Training: The fellowship year starts off with a 2-week training and orientation for all fellows at a top university in the United States. The training serves to ground fellows in the major debates and schools of thought within global health and public service, and to encourage them to explore their ambitions and identities within this space. It is also an important time for fellows to get to know the GHC community and each other.
- Quarterly Workshops: In October and May (at the end of the 1st quarter and the end of the 3rd quarter) fellows gather on a country level for a 1-2 day meeting. Fellows evaluate progress towards the goals they set at training, share successes and frustrations. They also engage in some reflective activities around how they are living their values, how they are pushing themselves as leaders, and how they can better collaborate and support one another.
- Mid-Year Retreat: Each regional hub hosts a 4-day mid-year retreat in January or February for fellows to come together and evaluate progress to date, reflect on their work,and re-energize for the second half of the year. During the retreat, each fellow pair presents a case study of a challenge that they face in their work and look to their peers for feedback.
- End of Year Retreat: The purpose of the end of year retreat is to bring the fellows back together at the close of the year in order to reflect on successes and challenges throughout the year, to reconnect the GHC community, to make commitments and set goals for post-fellowship life.
Distance learning and collaboration
- Throughout the year,fellows participate in a range of distance learning and cross-site sharing activities. These include conference calls with other fellows and with outside advisers, and participation in an online knowledge collaboratory site through which fellows working in similar fields can share resources and experiences.
GHC staff site visits and check-ins
- Regional and global staff conduct regular site visits and check-ins with each fellow. These are meant to serve as a way of supporting fellows on a personal and professional level, as well as to provide an opportunity to address any issues that arise with partners or at fellowship sites.
Professional development and networking opportunities
- Throughout the year GHC staff help to organize opportunities for fellows to engage with a broader network of development and health professionals. These can include brown-bag lunches and receptions with leaders in the field. Fellows are also highly encouraged to organize such events and seek support from GHC.
- GHC staff and alumni provide support to fellows who are applying to graduate school through advising on various programs and assistance with applications and recommendations.
- Advising Program: Fellows can opt-in to our advising program, in which they are paired based on their interests with a leader in the field who is committed to regular communication and advising with the fellow.
- Accompaniment Program: Together with program partner Still Harbor, GHC has created an accompaniment program designed to provide emotional, spiritual, and mentor support for fellows particularly in their efforts to develop deeper awareness of self and others. Support includes GHC Chaplains available for confidential discussions during the year, as well as mental health support, assessment, and referral services through Still Harbor.
- Fellows build a set of shared values, commitment and skills that they carry well beyond the fellowship year. The GHC community and alumni program serve as a source of opportunity and strength throughout fellows’ lives and careers.
- GHC alumni continue to pursue global health impact through diverse paths after their fellowship year. Alumni have gone on to pursue graduate degrees, continue working for our placement organizations, or work for other outstanding organizations and government institutions in the global health and development space.