Health Care is the fight of the Millennial Generation

The current young generation, known as the Millennials, are oft discussed and at times maligned. Barbara Bush and Andrew Bentley say there is a slow building movement for global health equity that is lead by the Millennial generation. The two are a part of the founding group of the Global Health Corps (GHC). The most recent class of GHC fellows just finished up training at Yale University and are on their way to their new sites in the United States and Africa. "At GHC, we believe the poor, who are burdened the most by disease, deserve our highest quality of care," write Bush and Bentley for CNN. "We know many of the 1.7 million deaths from HIV/AIDS worldwide can be prevented with better access to antiretroviral medicine. We are motivated by the overwhelming costs of health care for the poor and the fact that more than 60% of bankruptcies in the U.S. are caused by medical expenses." They outline the four principles that they call are vital to the success of the movement they and GHC are a part of in CNN. 1. Young people should be at the center of this cause More undergraduate students in North America are linking arms and demanding global health curricula while ... Read more

Barbara Bush: Technology and Innovation Supporting Global Health

Social entrepreneurs gathered this past December at the Social Innovation Summit to share lessons on how to create social good through technology and innovation. PSI Board Member and Global Health Corps co-founder Barbara Bush was one of the event’s featured speakers. Brian Sirgutz of the Huffington Post caught up with Barbara after the event to talk about technology and social good through the lens of global health.

Here is a selection of the discussion:

Brian: Your supporters include top names in information technology, like Cisco and Hewlett Packard. (Note: Cisco sponsors the ImpactX section). Can you talk a little about those relationships and how they add to your mission?

We’ve actively worked to build relationships with non-traditional partners that share our values — innovators like Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Cisco who are leading the charge to build products and systems that connect communities, and increase information sharing.

Interestingly, global health organizations desperately need many of the skills employees at multi-national corporations like HP and Cisco have. Cisco employees who are experts in management information and technology systems have mentored some of our fellows working in Malawi with Elizabeth Glaser Pediatrics AIDS Foundation to build out stronger electronic medical records and data tracking systems.

Fast Company Profiles Barbara Bush and Global Health Corps

Hearing former UNAIDS head Peter Piot speak in 2008 sparked an idea within PSI board member Barbara Bush that led to the founding of the Global Health Corps. The volunteer organization places passionate global health volunteers around the world to support the work of hospitals, organizations and governments.

A story in Fast Company coExist profile’s the work of Bush and features comments from Adanna Chukwuma, a Nigerian Global Health Corps fellow working in Newark, New Jersey. Below is an excerpt, but you can read the whole article here.

Global Health Corps Accepting New Applicants

PSI Board Member Barbara Bush co-founded the Global Health Corps (GHC) through the 2008 aids2031 Young Leaders Summit hosted by UNAIDS and Google. In the four years since the summit, GHC has continued to send talented volunteers to work with organizations like Partners in Health and PSI in countries like Rwanda, Uganda, the United Sates and Malawi.

Applications are now open for new corps members. This year, applicants can apply for 3 positions that match their interests and skills, from project management to monitoring and evaluation, engineering, communications and more. GHC says they are  looking for people from a broad range of sectors and disciplines. No prior health experience is necessary! The only things we ask are that the applicants be 30 years old or younger, hold a university degree, and be proficient in English.

Impact: Karl Hofmann Interviews Barbara Pierce Bush

KARL HOFMANN: Tell us how you came up with the concept of the Global Health Corps.

BARBARA PIERCE BUSH: I started Global Health Corps to harness the passion and energy of people in our generation to confront the massive health challenges that we’re facing. When I graduated from college I was looking for a job in global health and serendipitously found a job in a children’s hospital in South Africa. From there, I worked for UNICEF in Botswana. I knew I wanted to work in this space, and I was able to launch my career in global health. But it’s not always easy to get your foot in the door. So I partnered with some of our other co-founders to engage young people at the beginning of their careers and show that whatever skill set they have it’s equally needed in global health as in any field.

KH: Your organization is interested in people who don’t necessarily have health backgrounds. What do they bring that’s special?

BB: Our fellows are from nine countries. We partner with existing health non-profits or government agencies working on health-care delivery and find out areas of need, and then we recruit young people to work for them. What’s been exciting for us is that a lot of our partners have not requested traditional medical backgrounds; they want young people with technology, management, engineering and design skills. The reason that’s amazing is that you can really show a young person who might have been working in the private sector that those skills can equally be transferred to the global health field.


Healthy Dose October 18, 2011

Top Story29 Nations on Track to Stop Malaria Within the Decade A report by Roll Back Malaria Partnership released at the start of the Gates Foundation’s Global Malaria Forum says that the world is making positive steps towards eradicating malaria. Businessweek Reports: Among 108 nations and territories in which the mosquito- borne malady is entrenched, 29 have stopped transmission within their borders or are on track to do so within the next 10 years, the Geneva-based Roll Back Malaria Partnership said in a report today. Funding for fighting malaria has increased 10-fold to $1.5 billion in the past five years as donations from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria have helped pay for the bed nets, drugs and tests that have saved an estimated 1.1 million lives in Africa over the past decade, the report said. Still, progress toward a goal of eradicating the disease will be jeopardized if funding is not maintained, said Eric Mouzin, one of the report’s authors. “Our children will judge us based on what we’re able to accomplish over the next few years,” Mouzin said in a telephone interview. “We have everything in our hands today to be able ... Read more

Barbara Bush, Mandy Moore, and Karl Hofmann On “The Power of 1%”

Why is foreign aid important to the United States? PSI CEO Karl Hofmann, Director of Corporate Marketing and Communications Marshall Stowell,  Board Member Barbara Bush and PSI Ambassador Mandy Moore sat down today to answer this question with the Healthy Lives Blog followed by a press conference this morning. With U.S. foreign aid potentially facing deep cuts on Capitol Hill, Mandy Moore stressed that she wants people to realize that foreign aid is a good investment. "My basic message," she says, "is for Congress to stay the course on funding global health." There are known solutions to global health problems which Karl Hofmann called "global bargains." "In Rwanda, child mortality is down 70% because of aid," he said. Another bargain is insecticide treated bed nets. According to USAID, anti-malaria bed nets have saved 1.1 million lives in Sub-Saharan Africa over the past decade. Hofmann says that relatively simple and inexpensive interventions like bed nets can go a long way toward accomplishing the millennium development goal of no malaria deaths by 2015. Hofmann recognizes that budget cuts may be necessary but implored congress to not make them disproportionate. Barbara Bush agreed, saying that she has been lucky to have had the privilege to have ... Read more

The Power of 1%. Watch Live!

Polls show that the American public on average believes that 25% of the Federal Budget is spent on foreign aid. In reality, this figure is less than 1%. In an effort to demonstrate what has been achieved with less than 1%, PSI, FHI360, PATH, World Vision, and ONE are co-sponsoring a four-part event on Monday October 3, 2011 and Tuesday October 4, 2011 called “The Power of 1%.” Things will kick-off at 11 am EST with a press conference featuring PSI Ambassador Mandy Moore and PSI Board Member Barbara Bush.  You can watch the conference live here. Follow @psihealthylivesfor live updates from the event using the #WhyForeignAid hastag Join the conversation below by using the #WhyForeignAid tag on twitter.  There you can share your favorite quotes and pose questions for the panel members answer. Also, feel free to use the comments section at the end of this page to join the conversation if you do not use twitter. new TWTR.Widget({ version: 2, type: 'search', search: '#WhyForeignAid', interval: 30000, title: 'Live Stream from the Event #WhyForeignAid', subject: 'The Power of 1%', width: 'auto', height: 300, theme: { shell: { background: '#8ec1da', color: '#ffffff' }, tweets: { background: '#ffffff', color: '#444444', links: '#1985b5' } }, features: ... Read more

PSI Board Member Barbara Bush Discusses Engaging Young Leaders in Global Health

PSI Board Member Barbara Bush discusses her NGO Global Health Corps, which aims to mobilize a global community of young leaders to build a movement for health equity. From a recent TEDx talk. <p><br><br><br><br><br><br>Have a<br></p> Read more