The United States currently spends two-thirds of one percent of its budget on foreign aid. Where does that money go?

Foreign aid pays for programs that reduce maternal and child death, provide vaccinations against preventable diseases, and reduce poverty, among other things.

In this video, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, actress and global health advocate with Hope for Healing Hands, share the story of Destine and her family in Haiti.
In February, Jenny Eaton Dyer, Ph.D., Hope Through Healing Hands executive director, spoke about the importance of global health advocacy to doctors, nurses, service providers and philanthropists at the 2017 M3 Conference in Houston, Texas. She asked them to share their personal stories and experiences to convince their congressional representatives to continue funding for foreign aid.
Women are both vulnerable and powerful. They are strong for their children and families, but women in the developing world need help rising out of poverty, taking care of their health and realizing their dreams.

Beth Haynes, WBIR 11:06 p.m. EST November 18, 2014

As a heart surgeon, Bill Frist performed more than 200 transplants. He lead the U.S. Senate as Majority Leader. And, he's provided disaster relief and medical treatment around the globe. His HomeGrown story begins in Middle Tennessee.
From the operating room and Capitol Hill to third world countries, Bill Frist has built his life on saving lives and serving others.

"I've been blessed in many ways," he said.

The youngest of five children, the heart and lung transplant surgeon and former Senate majority leader credits his father, a doctor, and his mother, a teacher.

"A family with strong values."

And, medicine seemed to be the family business.

"My older brother was a doctor and my middle brother was a doctor. I never really thought about doing anything else," he explained.

Frist remembers being 6 or 7 years old and making house calls with his dad.

"You find somebody who's sick and the lights are dark in bed and then their face lights up when they see dad. That sort of compassion, intimacy, that sort of personal touch is something that has stuck with me forever."

In 1974, against his parents' advice, Frist went to Princeton and majored in public and international affairs.

"It's too liberal, there's too much long hair there," said Frist about his parents opinion of the university then. "But underneath, I always knew I would be a doctor. At that time, I had no earthly idea that I would every serve in public office or in an appointed position."

Frist went to Harvard Medical School and decided on heart surgery.

"It was a new field and there was the whole future of heart transplants which had never been done and I wanted to be a part of that," he recalled.

He did his residency and surgical training in Boston and studied heart transplants in California. And then, the senator came home to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Frist and fellow surgeons became the first to preform heart and lung transplants in the Southeast.

After 20 years in medicine and founding Vanderbilt Transplant Center, he felt called to care for the entire community-- not just patients.

"I decided the single best way I could take care, address, participate, mainly lift up the health of the community was do the crazy thing of running for the U.S. Senate," he said.

Frist met with his political mentor Howard Baker, Jr. several times.

"And Senator Baker said,'You know there hasn't been a physician in the U.S. Senate since 1928. There are no doctors in the Senate.'"

Frist not only convinced Senator Baker, but also voters. In 1994, the surgeon traded in scrubs for a suit and went to Washington.

"I remember on the first, literally first day, I got to Washington, stayed at a hotel and asked people where the Hart Building was and started in the wrong direction," he recalled.

But he quickly found his way.

"I started in 1995 as 100th in seniority. I didn't know exactly where it would go. I think 12 years later I left as Senate majority leader. When you leave the U.S. Senate, you reflect on 'did I make a difference.'"

Out of all the legislation, including reducing prescription cost to seniors, Frist is most proud of his influence on stopping the spread of AIDS globally.

"That little virus didn't exist when I was in my internship and in residency. There are 10 million people this second who would not be alive today," he said.

The President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief was an across the aisle effort that included music star power.

"Bono played a great role."

From Bono to Elmo, Senator Frist not only raised awareness for AIDS, but also overall health- even healthy eating. And, he continued using his hands on secret medical missions.

"I say sneak off because obviously our government wouldn't want you to do it-- to go to a part of Southern Sudan which was ravaged by war with millions of people displaced. But if you go in as a surgeon all of a sudden the fighting stops."

Frist also led emergency disaster relief from New Orleans to Haiti. In addition to transplant patients, he's saved many lives from complete strangers on a Florida interstate to then Battalion Commander David Petraeus who was shot during a training exercise.

"Ten years later he was leading the assault on Baghdad in the Iraqi war," he said.

Today, Frist considers himself to be a physician, a policy maker, a teacher, a humanitarian, a healthcare advocate in the private sector and a proponent for education with his SCORE initiative. It's an independent effort to better prepare Tennessee students for college and the workforce.

"I believe education, lifting Tennesseans up, is the most important thing we can do."

Senator Bill Frist,

"I never considered myself a politician."

Born in Nashville. HomeGrown in Tennessee

Side note- When his professional day is done, the senator and surgeon finds time for his other passions-- cycling, running and aviation. He has also authored seven books. His most recent is "A Heart to Serve."

This five-minute cartoon video that explains health insurance using fun, easy-to-understand scenarios. It's a light-hearted treatment of a difficult topic, breaking down important insurance concepts, such as premiums, deductibles and provider networks. The video explains how individuals pay for coverage and obtain medical care and prescription drugs when enrolled in various types of health insurance, including HMOs and PPOs. 

This is the third YouToons video written and produced by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The video is narrated by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a nationally-recognized surgeon and Foundation trustee.

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Dozens of influential leaders have heard the pleas of mothers and children in developing countries. Raising their voices to inspire a movement to increase healthy pregnancies and lower death rates, Melinda Gates, Kay Warren, Bill Frist, Kimberly Williams Paisley, Michael W. Smith and more speak out about why people of faith must get involved in The Mother and Child Project: Raising Our Voices for Health and Hope.
HTHH's Chairman, Bill Frist, discusses the importance of expanding access to voluntary family planning to improve maternal and child health globally. Studies show that family planning could reduce maternal deaths by as much as 30% and child deaths by 25%.
How can art save the world? Photographers have the gift to capture a moment of beauty. And, capturing moments of beauty for a person who has never known s/he is beautiful, can give life back to the most downtrodden of spirits--proving everyone holds a spark of the imago dei.

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