Global Health Corps

How can you help improve the quality of health care services for the poor around the world?  Are you interested in improving access to health care for those who currently do not have it?  Are you interested in working abroad?  If your answer to all these questions is yes, then the Global Health Corps could be an attractive option for you.  The program aims to connect outstanding young leaders with organizations working on the front lines in the fight for global health.

The program was of particular interest to me since all fellows complete a rigorous Summer Training Institute sponsored by Stanford University’s Center for Health Policy (CHP).  In my work at Acumen, I have worked with CHP faculty members like Jay Bhattacharya.

GHC give young professionals the opportunity to participate in a year-long fellowships. GHC fellows will have a measurable impact on the health of the communities in which they work, and they will draw upon that experience and the GHC alumni network to deepen their impact throughout their careers contributing to future innovations to address complex and growing challenges.

GHC fellows receive full funding, in addition to mentorship, training, and support from the GHC community of alumni and advisors. We aim to place 70 fellows in the 2011-2012 fellowship year in Burundi, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, Newark, Washington D.C, and Boston. Fellows will be placed with outstanding partner organizations including Partners in Health, Clinton Health Access Initiative, FACE AIDS, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Infectious Disease Institute of Uganda, and others. Fellowship roles and placements change year to year based on the needs of our partner organizations and the communities they serve.

Applications open February 1st. You can find more information about fellowship placements and the application at http://ghcorps.org.


  1. Tried to leave a comment with Global Health Corps at its website but had no luck so I decided to contact them here. To Barbara Bush and Global Health Corps I’d like to recommend you add the newly released book Sojourn to Honduras Sojourn to Healing to your list of research and reading as you work on ways to improve global health. In the book, which you can preview at sojourntohonduras.com, you’ll find that today’s focus on organic and nonorganic food is somewhat misplaced and does not fully address proper nutrition and the means to ensure good health, especially in developing countries. The book is part memoir and part essay and states starch-based diets, including the popular African food cassava, is a main culprit in ill health. Cassava is a highly toxic tuberose crop, containing not only starch, but cyanide, which is very prominent in the crop during a drought. Please inform your African and non-African fellows about these facts. Thank you.

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