Each week I receive a number of emails from hopeful healthcare professionals around the world, asking me how they can get involved in healthcare. Many of those who contact me have completed school in healthcare-related fields, others are from different backgrounds in science, technology, or otherwise. But all are in search of direction, and a way to start making an impact in healthcare. As much as I'd like to be able to help each and every inquiry with a response and personalized career advice, it's nearly impossible to do so, as there are so many ways one's career can develop, and not enough time for me to respond to each person's individual circumstances.
However, an exciting fellowship program with the Global Health Corps (GHC) could be the answer to many of these readers' inquiries about how to get a head start in a health career. This program offers exciting placements with a variety of organizations in a range of fields in and around healthcare delivery.
Many people initially take an interest in healthcare because they enjoy helping others. The GHC's fellowship program allows participants to impact entire populations of people around the globe. It doesn't get much more exciting, or hands-on, than being a fellow for the GHC.
The great news is, applications are currently open, (through February 3, 2013) and you don't have to have a healthcare background to apply. You may be a teacher, a builder, an architect, an engineer, a communications professional, or a project manager who is passionate about equal rights to quality healthcare, and you want to make a difference. If this describes you, and if you are a natural leader, innovator, motivator, and change-agent, you should look into applying.
The fellowships are one year in duration, and are open to applicants who have a college degree, are under 30 years of age, and are fluent in English.
Join CEO and co-founder Barbara Bush in bringing high-quality healthcare to populations worldwide who may not otherwise have it, if not for organizations such as Global Health Corps and partners. Here area a few statistics about the fellowship program:
- Since its foundation in 2009, GHC has deployed 216 fellows to work in 7 countries serving non-profit and government organizations.
- Currently, the fourth fellowship class of 90 fellows from 12 countries is working within 34 non-profit and government partners. These 90 fellows were chosen from over 4,000 applicants.
- 100% of fellows said they are more likely to remain involved in the movement for health equity and social justice because of their fellowship experience.
(photo of GHC CEO Barbara Bush and GHC Fellow, courtesy of Global Health Corps)