Global Health Corps and Yale Training Institute prepare fellows for service
July 16, 2012
Ninety emerging leaders representing 12 countries have assembled at Yale for the Global Health Corps (GHC) Training Institute July 9-21. The two-week orientation program, held in conjunction with the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute, is designed to prepare young professionals for one-year public health fellowships around the world.
GHC was co-founded by Barbara Bush ’04, who serves as the organization’s CEO. The organization provides one-year fellowships for young professionals from diverse backgrounds to work on the frontlines in the fight for global health equity.
The Yale GHC Training Institute utilizes a leadership development framework engaging GHC fellows in discussion, case studies and lecture sessions with both fellow peers and global leaders such as Rwandan Minister of Health Dr. Agnes Binigwaho; Newark Mayor Cory Booker; Zainab Salbi, founder of Women to Women International; Ambassador Mark Dybul, U.S. global AIDS coordinator; and Noerrine Kalebba, co-founder of The AIDS Support Organization.
This year’s cohort of GHC fellows, selected from 4,100 applicants, will work with partner organizations in six countries – Burundi, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, the United States, and Zambia – in roles including education directors, program managers, development and advocacy coordinators, and research associates.
The fellows bring skill sets from a broad range of professions to the field of global health. They are writers, teachers, researchers, medical professionals, musicians, actors, economists, social entrepreneurs, and more, and have worked for such institutions as the Clinton Foundation, UNICEF, Operation Smile, the Peace Corps, and NBC Universal. The fellows include Rotary Ambassadorial Scholars, Fulbright Scholars, Presidential Scholars, and Generation Rwanda alumni.
Since 2009, Global Health Corps has provided 216 young leaders year-long paid fellowships to work with outstanding organizations focused on healthcare delivery, from non-profit and government partners to small grassroots organizations and large global institutions. GHC’s 34 partners include the Clinton Health Access Initiative, the Infectious Diseases Institute, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and USAID, among others.