The Frist Global Health Leaders Program offers modest grants to universities and medical centers for graduate level students and residents in the health professions to do service and training around the world.
In 2009, Hope Through Healing Hands's Frist Global Health Leaders Program was accepted at the fourth annual Clinton Global Initiative Conference in New York City.
We committed to raise funding over the next five years, "to address the shortage of global health workers to improve the quality of life for citizens around the world through providing volunteer services and building self-sustaining caregiver capacity in underserved communities." Our commitment included sponsoring 100 Frist Global Health Leaders, training 1000 community health workers, and directly providing service for over 20,000 patients.
By the end of 2014, we have provided small grants for 74 Frist Global Health Leaders, trained 833 community health workers, and served over 17,780 patients in underserved clinics worldwide.
Countries around the world, especially in Africa, are facing a severe shortage of health workers. Sub-Saharan Africa holds 24% of the global burden of disease, yet it only has 3% of the world’s health workers. Health workers from across the spectrum are needed: doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, community health workers, and caregivers. The shortage of trained workers is especially evident and devastating during global disease outbreaks, natural disasters, or conflicts, and presents a major obstacle to achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals.
We believe in the power of health diplomacy. The United States has the opportunity to use global health as a vital diplomatic instrument to strengthen confidence in America’s intent and ability to bring long-term improvements to citizen’s lives among our partners. The fight for global health can be the calling card of our nation’s character in the eyes of the world.
The Frist Global Health Leaders Program allows young health professional students, residents, and fellows the opportunity to serve and train abroad in underserved communities for up to one semester. In doing so, they will bolster capacity in clinics in need of support as well as offer training to community health workers to promote sustainability upon their departure from these communities. The Frist Global Health Leaders represent the goodwill of America and the hope for building a foundation of health in communities wherein economies can begin to bloom.
We have partnered with the following academic institutions to date:
- Duke University
- East Tennessee State University College of Public Health
- Lipscomb College of Pharmacy
- Meharry Medical College
- Princeton University
- Vanderbilt University Department of Emergency Medicine
- Vanderbilt University Department of Surgery
- Vanderbilt International Anesthesia
- Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
- Vanderbilt University School of Nursing