Barbara Bush on Why You Should Apply to Global Health Corps


Have you ever thought about working in policy, or just dropping everything to travel the world and gain insight to how “everything” works? Then why not start by applying to the Global Health Corps? Started in 2008 by a collection of like-minded and global-conscious individuals like Barbara Pierce Bush, her sister Jenna, Jonny Dorsey and Dave Ryan from FACE AIDs and Google’s Charlie Hale and Andrew Bentley. The Corps announced last week what positions would be avaliable for 2013 applicants. We reached out to the president of the Global Health Corps, Barbara, over email to find out what makes an ideal GHC candidate, how applicants could prepare for the role and the start of the corps.

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Dr. Mark Dybul Takes World Stage to Lead Global Fund

Dr. Mark Dybul, Sarah Brown, Naomi Campbell

President George W. Bush named Dr. Mark Dybul the US’s Global AIDS Coordinator and very successfully led the President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief.  He now takes the world’s stage as the leader of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Dr. Dybul was at Georgetown University and assisted many health non-profits including David and Susan Axelrod’s CURE Epilepsy and Barbara Bush’s Global Health Corps.  He will relocate to Geneva.  Click here to read more, or the official press release below.

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Barbara and Laura Bush, Global Health Corps DC Reception

The work of Global Health Corps was honored at a reception with GHC CEO and Co-Founder Barbara Bush, Thursday evening at the historic Jefferson Hotel.

GHC believes that a global movement of individuals and organizations fighting for improved health outcomes and access to healthcare for the poor is necessary in order to change the unacceptable status quo of extreme inequity. GHC works to strengthen this movement by recruiting, training, and supporting future leaders, providing opportunities for young professionals from diverse backgrounds to work on the frontlines of the fight for global health equity in year-long fellowships.

The exclusive reception in D.C. included remarks by former First Lady Laura Bush, as well as Barbara Bush, co-host Ambassador Mark Dybul, Ambassador Melanne Verveer and GHC fellow Lilly Bertz.
Guests included Dr. Anthony Fauci, Ambassador Eric Goosby, Jen Kaplan, Susan McCue, Jim Jones, Ana Morse, Bob Barnett, Betsy Fischer, Ed and Shirley Henry, and Robert Higdon and David Deckelbaum.

The Exxon Mobil Foundation announced today a $250,000 grant to GHC launch the ExxonMobil Fellowships in Global Health. Eight young professionals are to be chosen for skills-based, year-long fellowships grant to GHC to work on the frontlines of pressing global health issues.

HONORARY EVENT CHAIRS were The Honorable Joshua Bolten, The Honorable Stephen Hadley, Constance Milstein de La Haye St. Hilaire, and The Honorable Condoleezza Rice and a hist of Congressional biggies. The co-hosts were Dr. Mark Dybul, Anita McBride, David Vennett, Gordon Johnroe and Tammy Haddad.

Global Women Advocates Gather in DC

Women gathered around the world today for the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. At the State Department, First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton presented the “Women of Courage Awards” and announced a partnership with 10,000 Women and the successful Goldman Sachs Foundation program that goes into the poorest countries and teaches women business skills.

Monday evening some of the nation’s best women’s advocates were brought together by the ONE campaign, the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, CARE, and the US Advocacy Advisory team Mothers Day Every Day at the home of former ONE chief, David Lane. Dr. Helene Gayle, Sheila Nix, Susan McCue and Theresa Shaver urged the crowd to redouble their efforts on behalf of women. Dana Perino, former Bush White House press secretary led a bipartisan call to action with the help of Barbara Bush and sister Jenna Bush Hager.

Barbara Bush’s Global Health Corp is in the process of selecting their third round of fellows. David Lane, who left the ONE campaign to work with Bill Daley at the White House, caught up with old friends as he accepted their well wishes. First Lady Michelle Obama’s chief of Staff Tina Tchen, and Jen Klein from the State Department’s women’s section, greeted colleagues and friends including Stephanie Psaki (sister of WH deputy communications director Jen Psaki), Jodee Winterhoff, Teri Whitcraft, and Anita McBride – fresh off her First Ladies Conference. David Lane was cheered when he walked into his own home, the location of some of the great advocacy work for women.

A New Bush Takes Global Health Stage

Barbara Bush–one of former President George W. Bush’s twin daughters—spoke at the National Press Club today to talk about her global health organization, Global Health Corps. “Global health equity, ” is the goal of her NGO founded in 2008 and dedicated to both reducing the global health disparities and improving public health. Barbara, with input from her sister Jenna, founded the group, which sends recent college graduates on yearlong fellowships, after her travels and work in Africa. The luncheon was this Bush’s first event at the National Press Club and hosted many DC influentials beginning with her sister, Jenna and former FLOTUS Chief of Staff Anita McBride, Jean Case of The Case Foundation, Jessica Grounds and Susannah Wellford Shakow from Running Start, Jennifer Higgins, Capitol Health Group, Glamour’s Washington editor Linda Kramer Jenning, Emily Lawrimore from Senator John Barrasso’s office, USA Today’s Susan Page, and Politico’s Kiki Ryan. CLICK on to watch, if you missed it on C-SPAN. Here are some photos:

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