Opening the door for young professionals to serve on the frontlines of the fight for health equity
Global Health Corps provides a yearlong paid fellowship for young professionals from diverse backgrounds to serve on the frontlines of the fight for global health equity at existing health organizations and government agencies. Fellows are currently working in Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia and the United States.
Increasing the impact of great organizations
92% of partner orgs reported that fellows had a very positive or positive impact on their organization.
GHC recruits placement organizations that are doing excellent work in improving healthcare access and health outcomes in impoverished communities. Placement organizations range from small grassroots organizations to large global institutions to Ministries of Health. Global Health Corps recruits and selects highly qualified applicants with diverse skill sets to fill specific positions at these organizations. Fellows have built financial management systems for grassroots HIV organizations in Uganda, counseled homeless teenagers in New Jersey on smart health decisions, supported district pharmacies in Rwanda in rolling out new supply chain management tools and conducted women’s health policy research in Washington DC.
Fostering cross-cultural and cross-sector partnership
85% of fellows reported that having a partner fellow had a positive impact on the success of their work.
Fellows work in teams of two – one in-country fellow partnered with one international fellow – to support our placement organizations in improving healthcare access and health outcomes for the poor.
Investing in training and professional development
98% of fellows felt more prepared for the fellowship after the 2013 Training Institute.
GHC supports and challenges fellows throughout their fellowship. The year begins with a 2-week Training Institute at Yale University for all fellows, followed by retreats and workshops throughout the year. In addition, fellows have access to distance learning and collaboration opportunities, an advising program, professional development funds and networking opportunities, and GHC staff site visits and check-ins.
Building a global movement
82% of fellows reported that they are more likely to be involved in the movement for health equity and social justice because of the fellowship.
GHC alumni continue to make impact in global health through diverse paths following 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. Alumni have a heightened impact throughout their lives, strengthened by both their fellowship experience and, more importantly, the community of partners they have formed with other fellows and alumni.