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|
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.