Growing the Movement for Health Equity
GHC believes that through a networked and dedicated community of changemakers, we can reach a tipping point in health equity. We are committed to deepening and broadening our support to alumni throughout their careers to magnify their impact in global health. The culmination of the fellowship year launches fellows into this highly engaged, innovative, diverse, and growing community.
GHC designs alumni programming to meet the ongoing professional and leadership development needs of our global network of emerging leaders, including hosting regional leadership summits, offering career advising and identifying prominent media and conference opportunities for members to participate in. As with the rest of our program and organization, the alumni program is created in close partnership with our alumni community, reflecting their needs and feedback.
With 83% of GHC alumni now in mid-level or senior leadership positions, we offer opportunities for alumni to grow as managers and professionals through mentorship, networking events, trainings and one-to-one career advising.
Using Voice to Effect Change
GHC is committed to bringing new and diverse voices to the field of global health. Our communications and advocacy team works closely with alumni to support both the development of their voices through curriculum and skills building, and amplify their voices through strategic media and public engagement partnerships. Examples include:
- 2014-2015 Uganda alum Becky Rwakabukoza gave a powerful, provocative talk on identity and storytelling as a Ugandan women for TEDxNakaseroWomen in May 2015
- 2011-2012 Rwanda alum Christian Benimana and 2013-2014 Rwanda alum Marie Amelie Ntigulirwa were featured in Fast Company in a piece entitled “How These Young Rwandan Architects Are Redesigning Their Country” about their work at MASS Design, where both served as GHC fellows and have continued to work since their fellowship
- 2014-2015 United States alum Estefania Palomino and 2011-2012 Malawi alum Bryan Eustis joined CEO Barbara Bush at Aspen Ideas Festival on a panel entitled “The Next Generation of Global Health Leaders”
- 2014-2015 Zambia alum Angel Chelwa’s personal narrative about a march she organized to address street and sexual harassment in Lusaka in 2014 was published on AllAfrica.com
GHC hosts comprehensive Leadership Summits in our community hubs—East Africa, Southern Africa, and the United States—which bring together alumni from every single class and placement country for three days of reflection, connection, and personal and professional development.
Alumni chapters offer GHC alumni the opportunity to mobilize and connect with each other around the issues, activities, and individuals specific to their interests and priorities to create impact within their communities and countries. GHC invests in chapters by providing a budget, resources, and staff support to ensure they are strategic in their efforts. Currently there are chapters in all five GHC placement countries in addition to several other locations
with a significant number of alumni. Past activities include:
- The Rwanda Alumni Chapter organized a high level panel entitled “Health Financing Trends in Rwanda, Current and Future Perspectives”, led by former Minister of Health, Dr. Agnes Binagwaho and Antoinette Habinshuti, MD at Partners In Health
- Ugandan alums annually partner with the Uganda Youth Forum to organize a national health symposium aimed at raising awareness about Ugandan health priorities and engaging with local policymakers
- The New York Alumni Chapter volunteered at an urban community garden with Project Eats, a neighborhood-based project that uses art, urban agriculture, partnerships, and social enterprise to sustainably produce and equitably distribute essential resources within and between low-income communities
Our alumni community is:
- Highly networked: Nearly one-third of alumni were referred to their current job by another member of the GHC community
- Building local capacity: 88% of GHC’s African alumni continue to work in Africa or are pursuing graduate school abroad with the intention of returning
- Making change: Alumni are increasingly reaching senior levels of their organizations, in roles such as Executive Director of Health Builders in Rwanda, Executive Director of Partners in Health in Liberia, and CEO & Founder of Teach for Uganda
- Strongly connected: On average, each alum interacted regularly with nearly 30 other alumni in the past year