Northwestern University

Fri 12:00 PM

Global Health Service Corps Information Session

When: Friday, October 5, 2012
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  

Where: 645 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1058 Conference Room, Chicago, IL 60611 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public

Contact: Adela Mizrachi   312.503.9000

Group: Center for Global Health

Category: Global & Civic Engagement

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The Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP)  was launched in March 2012 as the first ever "Peace Corps for doctors and nurses." In this model MDs and RNs will work with local institutions and faculty. In their roles, they will support productive academic environments educating the next generation of clinicians while also building a base of future medical educators. Dr. Kerry will describe the challenges to health care workforce scale-up, the shifting global burden of disease, how to harness the growing interest in global health here at home and how this work has led to the launch of the GHSP public private partnership.

The Peace Corps and the Global Health Service Corps are recruiting clinicians to serve as faculty at medical and nursing schools in Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda to deploy in July 2013.


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Vanessa Kerry bio:

Vanessa Kerry, MD, Chief Executive Officer, Global Health Service Corps, is also a physician at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and serves as the Associate Director of Partnerships and Global Initiatives at MGH's Center for Global Health. She leads the program in Global Public Policy and Social Change in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School focusing on investments in human resources to strengthen public sector health systems in resource poor settings. Her work has included a grassroots effort which led to the Global Health Service Corps, as well as looking at novel ways for U.S. foreign assistance to fund health efforts improving efficiency of aid delivery, developing capacity, and enhancing national sovereignty. Her publications include "An International Service Corps for Health: A New Prescription for Diplomacy" in the New England Journal of Medicine and "...One for Doctors Too," a New York Times opinion piece published in 2010. She graduated from Yale University summa cum laude and Harvard Medical School cum laude, completing her Internal Medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. She earned her Master's in Health Policy, Planning, and Financing from the London Schools of Economics and of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is a physician in Critical Care.

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