The FACES Coalition partnered with the Global Health Fellows Program-II and GlobeMed to diversify the global health workforce. Many of the students we work with in FACES programs come from an immigrant, multi-lingual and multi-cultural experience. Perhaps more importantly, they come with lived experiences that make them better able to serve patient populations who suffer from the impacts of poverty, trauma, and displacement.
In an effort to capture our students’ inherent skills and distance traveled to better serve communities oversees, FACES Coalition partnered with GHFP-II to build curriculum for youth interested in a career in global health. The goal of this work was to build sustainable pathways for high school students interested in working in global health and to bring their assets to the effort of the United States to positively impact the world’s health and well-being.
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Each summer from 2016-2018, USAID’s Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) II and FACES for the Future Coalition brought FACES Scholars from across California to Washington, DC for mentorship and career exploration. The Global Health Youth Summit (GHYS) was a week-long event and was designed to support the development of the next generation of global health professionals through career exposure and access at the earliest levels.
Each GHYS Scholar is left with a stronger desire to work in global health professions, and a better sense of where their skills and interests might fit in. Participant Sonya M stated, “Before going to Washington, DC I barely had any knowledge of what global health even was. Leaving this trip I was fully aware of what global health is and the mission of global health workers, and now I am determined that I want to be a global health worker. This program opened up many doors not just for me, but also for my fellow peers to pursue a career with global health.
The profound impact of the GHYS is captured in the videos below.
Anna Blankenberger, MPH
Anna Blankenberger is the new Director of Learning & Training with GlobeMed. Anna received her B.A. in Interpersonal & Public Communication at Central Michigan University and then received her MPH in the Community Health Science Division at the University of Illinois-Chicago. She has extensive background abroad from teaching English in Ecuador to conducting community assessments in Honduras. She is enthusiastic about using her focus on systems change, community development, and health inequity to collaborate with FACES.
Carol Brosgart, MDSenior Advisor on Science & Policy / Viral Hepatitis Action Coalition, CDC Foundation
Carol Brosgart, MD
Esther Tahrir, MPHFounder and Director, GOJoven International & Medtronic Philanthropy Global Health Leaders, Public Health Institute