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Future Leadership Project SNMA- Deadline 9/15/13

August 28, 2013

Global Health & Innovation Conference 2013 @ Yale University- 4/13-14/2013

March 28, 2013


We hope to see you at the Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale on April 13-14!  Unite For Sight’s Global Health & Innovation Conference is the world’s leading and largest global health conference and social entrepreneurship conference.  Please feel free to forward this announcement to your colleagues and friends who may be interested in attending or presenting. Register by March 20 for a reduced registration rate.  Also, if you are interested in presenting, we have a few social enterprise pitch slots remaining; submit your abstract soon since these presentation slots are nearly filled to capacity!

Global Health & Innovation Conference 2013
Presented by Unite For Sight, 10th Annual Conference
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Saturday, April 13 – Sunday, April 14, 2013

“A Meeting of Minds”–CNN

The Global Health & Innovation Conference is the world’s largest global health conference and social entrepreneurship conference.  This must-attend, thought-leading conference annually convenes more than 2,200 leaders, changemakers, students, and professionals from all fields of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship.  The registration rate increases after March 20.

Interested in presenting at the conference? Submit a social enterprise pitch abstract for consideration.

The conference’s confirmed speakers to date include:

Keynote Addresses

  • Tina Rosenberg, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist, The New York Times
    “Information Technology and the Revolution in Health Care,” Jeffrey Sachs, PhD, Director of Earth Institute, Columbia University; Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, Professor of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University; Special Advisor to Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon
  • “The 1 Million Community Health Worker Campaign,” Sonia Ehrlich Sachs, MD, MPH, Director of Health, Millennium Village Project, Earth Institute, Columbia University
  • “The Origins of Health: Our Behavior and Our Environment,” Al Sommer, MD, MHS, Dean Emeritus, Bloomberg School of Public Health, and University Distinguished Service Professor

See more presentations, including more than 100 Social Enterprise Pitch presentations, at


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February 6, 2013

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January 30, 2013

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program- Undergraduate- Deadline 3/5/2013

December 14, 2012

Program Overview

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Such international study is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.

International experience is critically important in the educational and career development of American students, but it can also require a substantial financial investment. The Gilman Scholarship Program broadens the student population that studies abroad by supporting undergraduates who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints. The program aims to encourage students to choose non-traditional study abroad destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to support students who have been traditionally under-represented in study abroad, including but not limited to, students with high financial need, community college students, students in under-represented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, and students with disabilities. The program seeks to assist students from a diverse range of public and private institutions from all 50 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico.

Award recipients are chosen by a competitive selection process and must use the award to defray eligible study abroad costs. These costs include program tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance and international airfare.

This congressionally funded program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and is administered by the Institute of International Education through its office in Houston, TX.

Global Impact Corps- Global Health Volunteer Abroad Experience- Deadline Open

August 18, 2012

Global Impact Corps: Global Health Volunteer Abroad Experience

Unite For Sight’s Global Impact Corps is a high-impact immersive global health experience for students and for professionals. Unite For Sight is renowned as the highest quality global health immersion and volunteer abroad program worldwide. Unite For Sight prides itself on offering the best global health experience for our Global Impact Fellows, coupled with the highest quality of healthcare delivery programs with our partners.

Locations of Year-Round Programs: Ghana, Honduras, India
(volunteer for 7 days, 15 days, 20 days, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, or more)

What do Global Impact Fellows do?  Global Impact Fellows support and learn from the partner clinics’ talented medical professionals. Through hands-on, structured training, Global Impact Fellows gain a comprehensive understanding about best practices in global health and social entrepreneurship, and they receive a Certificate in Global Health & Program Delivery.  

Global Impact Fellows come from very diverse backgrounds, including those interested in public health, medicine, international development, social entrepreneurship, and the social sciences.  Global Impact Fellows work with local doctors to eliminate patient barriers to care for patients living in extreme poverty.  They assist with patient education, visual acuity screening, patient intake, distributing the glasses and medication prescribed by the local eye doctors, and other important support tasks.  They also have the opportunity to observe the surgeries provided by the local doctors. Additionally, Global Impact Fellows may participate in the Global Impact Lab, an optional program for those interested in pursuing global health research. For example, current Global Impact Fellows are pursuing research studies about medication management, the use of visual resources for patient education, traditional medicine practices, and patient barriers to care.

What do Global Impact Fellows say? “I gained a vast basin of knowledge not only about eye health, but also on the healthcare infrastructure, patient interactions, and management systems of the developing world. Reading about health issues in the news or in class became stark reality during my summer in Dhenkanal, and I now aim to reinvigorate my efforts to study and contribute to the field of international health. Over the course of my career, I hope that I can one day return to India as a doctor and remedy the health inequalities that remain ever-present on a global scale,” Pallavi Basu, Global Impact Fellow.  See more volunteer accounts at

See the complete details and the online application at

Global Health & Innovation Conference 2012- Yale University- 4/21-22/2012

September 22, 2011

Global Health & Innovation Conference 2012
Presented by Unite For Sight, 9th Annual Conference
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Saturday, April 21 – Sunday, April 22, 2012

“A Meeting of Minds”–CNN

The Global Health & Innovation Conference is the world’s largest global health conference and social entrepreneurship conference. This must-attend, thought-leading conference annually convenes 2,200 leaders, changemakers, students, and professionals from all fields of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship. Register during September to secure the lowest registration rate.

Interested in presenting at the conference? Submit an abstract for consideration.
The conference’s confirmed speakers to date include:
Keynote Addresses

* Sasha Dichter, Director of Business Development, Acumen Fund
* Seth Goldman, President and TeaEO of Honest Tea
* Jeffrey Sachs, PhD, Director of Earth Institute at Columbia University; Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, Professor of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University; Special Advisor to Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon
* Sonia Ehrlich Sachs, MD, MPH, Director of Health, Millennium Village Project, Earth Institute at Columbia University

Design Thinking Speakers

* Robert Fabricant, Vice President of Creative, Frog Design Inc.
* Erica Kochi, Co-lead, UNICEF Innovations Team
* Michael Murphy, Executive Director and Co-Founder, MASS Design Group
* “Designing Effective Visuals For Global Communication,” Natacha Poggio, Assistant Professor, Hartford Art School, University of Hartford
* Andrew Zolli, Curator, Pop!Tech

Education Initiatives in Global Health Speakers

* Elizabeth Bradley, PhD, Professor of Public Health, Division of Health Policy & Administration; Director, Global Health Initiative, Yale University
* “Educating Undergraduates in Global Health: Opportunities and Challenges,” Kaveh Khoshnood, PhD, Associate Professor, Yale School of Public Health
* Philip Landrigan, MD, MSc, Dean for Global Health, Ethel H. Wise Professor and Chairman, Department of Preventive Medicine, Professor of Pediatrics, Director, Children’s Environmental Health Center, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
* Cheryl Moyer, MPH, Managing Director, Global REACH; Research Investigator, Department of Medical Education, University of Michigan Medical School

Environment, Energy, and Food Speakers

* “An Inventory of Toxic Hotspots in the Developing World – Over 100 Million Exposed,” Richard Fuller, President, Blacksmith Institute
* “Farmers First: Scaling a Permanent and Sustainable End To Hunger,” Tony Kalm, Director of Business Development, One Acre Fund
* Robert Lawrence, MD, The Center for a Livable Future Professor, Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, Health Policy, and International Health; Director, Center for a Livable Future, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Film, Photography, Art & Global Health Speakers

* “Thinking, Sensing, Feeling, Doing: How Art Can Energize Public Health,” Carolyn Cannuscio, ScD, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, Section on Public Health, University of Pennsylvania
* “Potential Over Poverty: Creating a New Narrative for Development,” Jonathan Kalan, Photographer, Journalist, Founder, The (BoP) Project
* Dawn Shapiro, Filmmaker, The Edge of Joy
* Landon Van Soest, Producer, Good Fortune; Filmmaker Transient Pictures

Healthcare Delivery Models

* Shobha Arole, Director, The Comprehensive Rural Health Project, Jamkhed
* “Lessons from the Cuban Health System Applied in Three Under-Served Communites in the United States,” Peter Bourne, MA, MD, Visiting Fellow, Oxford University; Vice Chancellor Emeritus, St. George’s University; Formerly Special Assistant to the President of the United States for Health Issues; Chair, Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba (MEDICC)
* Molly Christiansen, Manager, Health Practices and Business Development, Living Goods
* “Building Sustainable Rural Healthcare Systems: The Healthpoint Model,” Al Hammond, co-founder and Chairman of Healthpoint Services and Director of Health for All, Ashoka
* “Re-Thinking Development: Social Innovations That Deliver Effective, Efficient and Sustainable Large-Scale Change,” Lakshmi Karan, Director, Global Strategy, Riders for Health
* “Frontline Health Workers as the Key to Achieving the Health MDGs,” Charles MacCormack, President and CEO, Save The Children
* Tricia Morente, Head of Strategy and Marketing, LifeSpring Hospitals

Health Policy

* “Global Health Takes a Normative Turn: The Rise of Human Rights to Address the Health Threats of the 21st Century,” Benjamin Mason Meier, JD, LLM, PhD, Assistant Professor of Global Health Policy, Department of Public Policy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Infectious Disease Speakers

* Gene Bukhman, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
* Adetokunbo O. Lucas, Adjunct Professor of International Health, Harvard University
* “Bureaucratic Luddities and Other Opportunities for Innovation in TB Control,” Peter Small, MD, Deputy Director, TB, Global Health Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
* “Cost-Effectiveness of Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) in Reducing Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV Infection in Kenya,” Georgia Sambunaris, Senior Advisor, USAID Office of Economic Growth

Maternal and Child Health Speakers

* Jane Aronson, MD, CEO and Founder of Worldwide Orphans Foundation; Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Cornell Weill Medical College and Columbia University
* “Preventing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: New Strategies for Changing the Behaviors of Medical Professionals and Pregnant Women,” Paul N. Bloom, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor of Social Entrepreneurship and Marketing, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
* “Reproductive Refugees: Health Disparities and Diasporic Dreams in Post/911 Arab America,” Marcia Inhorn, MPH, PhD, William K. Lanman Jr. Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs; Editor, Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, Council on Middle East Studies, Yale University
* “Adoption of Innovation and the Rate of Decline in Child Mortality,” Dean Jamison, Professor, Global Health and Adjunct Professor, Health Services, University of Washington School of Public Health
* “The Role of Scientists and Medical Professionals in Helping Pregnant Women Abstain from Drinking Alcohol,” Rochelle D. Schwartz-Bloom, Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology, Duke University Medical Center
* “Family Planning: Remarkable Progress but a Steep Road Ahead,” Joe Speidel, MD, MPH, Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences; Director for Communication, Development and External Relations, Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, University of California, San Francisco
* “WE CARE Solar: Bringing Light to Maternal Health Care,” Laura Stachel, MD, MPH, UC Berkeley School of Public Health; Co-Founder, WE CARE Solar

Non-Communicable Diseases Speakers

* “Diabetes and the Global Burden of Diabetic Retinopathy,” Nader Moinfar, Magruder Eye Institute and University of Central Florida School of Medicine, Orlando, Florida

Organization Management Speakers

* Nava Ashraf, Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
* “Following Your Dream With An NGO: Why Magic Can Happen,” Kate Coleman, Chairman and Founder, Right To Sight
* “Three Cups of Lessons: A Teachable Moment for Nonprofits,” Maurice Segall, JD, Pro Bono Partnership, Inc.

Research in Global Health Speakers

* Jenny Aker, Assistant Professor of Economics, Tufts University
* Alan Bernstein, PhD, Former Executive Director, Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise
* “Meet the Editor: How to Write for Global Health Journals,” Jocalyn Clark, Senior Editor, PLoS Medicine
* “Advances in Global Eye Health Research,” Deborah Carper, Deputy Director, National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health
* “Primary Congenital Glaucoma,” Sarwat Salim, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of Glaucoma Service, University of Tennessee, Memphis, Tennessee
* “Lifestyle and Risk for Glaucoma,” James C. Tsai, MD, Robert R. Young Professor and Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Yale University School of Medicine; Chief of Ophthalmology, Yale-New Haven Hospital

Philanthropy Speakers

* Diana Ayton-Shenker, Founder and CEO, Fast Forward Fund
* Lucy Bernholz, Arabella Advisors
* “Marketing Strategies To Set Your Not-for-Profit Apart,” Aria Finger, COO, Do Something
* “From Donor-Driven to Impact-Driven: How Evidence Can Inform Smarter Global Health Philanthropy,” Carol McLaughlin, MD, MPH, MSc, Research Director – Global Public Health, Center for High Impact Philanthropy, School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania
* Aaron Hurst, President and Founder, Taproot Foundation

Social Enterprise Speakers

* Erica Bliss Pattni, Vice President of Marketing, KIND Healthy Snacks
* Kyle Berner, Creator, Feelgoodz LLC
* “Making it Real: Lessons From Thirty Years of Grassroots Development,” Dean Cycon, Founder and CEO, Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Co.
* “More Food With Less Water and Improved Health: Yes, It Is Possible,” Ken Lee, Co-founder and Co-owner, Lotus Foods
* “Diamonds for Development,” Shane Rogers, Co-Founder, The Clarity Project
* Mathieu Senard, Co-Founder and CEO, Alter Eco
* Zak Zaidman, Co-Founder and CEO, Kopali Organics

Social Entrepreneurship Speakers

* “Sustainable Social Change: The Power of Enterprise Solutions,” Ron Bills, Chairman & CEO, Envirofit International
* “Lives in Development: Values, Capabilities and Aspirations for the New Economic Development Professional,” Michael Fairbanks, Fellow, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University
* Lara Galinsky, Senior Vice President, Echoing Green
* Paul Light, Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service, Robert Wagner School of Public Service, New York University
* Eric Nee, Managing Editor, Stanford Social Innovation Review
* Jill Tucker, Senior Program Officer, Lemelson Foundation
* “Hackovation: Trends, Technologies, and Techniques for 21st Century Social Impact,” Tim Zak, Associate Teaching Professor; Director, Institute for Social Innovation, H. John Heinz III College, Carnegie Mellon University

Social Media & Marketing Speakers

* “Storytelling for Change,” Neal Baer, MD, Institute for Photographic Empowerment at USC’s Annenberg School of Communications; Executive Producer, A Gifted Man
* “Healthy Habits for Life: Using Sesame Street to Promote a Healthier World,” Charlotte Cole, Senior Vice President, Global Education, Sesame Workshop
* “Solving Meta-Community Issues by Playing Nicely with Others,” and “Breaking Thru The Clutter Workshop: How To Market Your Cause and Attract New Champions,” Scott Henderson, Principal at CauseShift and Campaign Manager of
* “Overcoming Barriers By Using Humor and Animation to Create a Cultural Shift,” Firdaus Kharas, Chairman, Chocolate Moose Media and Global Shift
* Tom Watson, President, CauseWired

Surgery & Global Health Speakers

* “Africa’s Huge Cataract Backlog: A Novel Strategy For Dealing With It,” Thomas Baah, MD, Ophthalmologist and Director, Save The Nation’s Sight Clinic, Ghana
* “AAO Global Alliances,” Michael Brennan, MD, American Academy of Ophthalmology Past President, Alamance Eye Center
* James Clarke, MD, Ophthalmologist and Medical Director, Crystal Eye Clinic, Ghana
* “Economic Modeling of Surgical Disease in the Developing World,” Scott Corlew, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, Resurge International
* “Expanding Surgical Care for the Bottom Billion,” Selwyn Rogers, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
* Seth Wanye, MD, Ophthalmologist, Eye Clinic of Tamale Teaching Hospital, Ghana

Technology in Global Health Speakers

* “Unleashing the Wealth of Nations: Bridging the Information Asymmetry for Better Health and Economic Development,” Julius Akinyemi, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, MIT Media Lab
* “Use of Point-of-Care Technologies to Empower Communities, Sustain Mobile Services, and Improve Health Delivery: Lessons from East Africa,” and “Workshop: Strategies, Tools, and Practical Tips to Ensure High Impact and Successful Outcomes for Field-Based Research and Internships,” Jeffrey Blander, President, Bienmoyo Foundation
* “Strengthening Health Systems in Resource-Poor Settings Through the Application of the Sana Wireless Technology,” Leo Celi, MD, MPH, MS, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Division
* “Nanotechnology in Cancer Drug Development: A Global Approach,” Elisabet de los Pinos, Founder and CEO, Aura Biosciences
* Rich Fletcher, PhD, Research Scientist, MIT Media Lab
* Hamish Fraser, MBChB, MRCP, MSc, Director of Informatics and Telemedicine, Partners in Health; Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School; Associate Physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital
* Alison Martin, Service Delivery Manager, Sproxil, Inc.
* Jose Gomez-Marquez, Co-Founder and Co-Inventor, Aerovax; Co-Founder, X out TB; Lecturer, D-LAB, MIT
* “Wireless Biosensors to Reduce Morbidity and Mortality After Initiation of HIV Antiretroviral Therapy,” Jessica Haberer, MD, MS, Research Scientist, Harvard Institute for Global Health; Assistant in Health Decision Sciences, Massachusetts General Hospital; Instructor, Harvard Medical School
* “mHealth: Scaling Up, Low Cost Mobile Solutions in (PMTCT) Preventing-Mother-to-Child-Transmission-Programs,” Bobby Jefferson, Health IT Project Manager, Futures Group
* “Disrupting Pathways to Mortality with Technology: Opportunities for Resource-Limited Settings,” Alain Labrique, Assistant Professor, Director, Johns Hopkins Bangladesh; Department of International Health and Department of Epidemiology Program in Global Disease Epidemiology and Control, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University
* “From Big Data to Small Languages: Communication and Information Processing in a Newly Connected World,” Robert Munro, Lead Engineer, Computational Linguistics at Global Viral Forecasting Initiative; Chief Information Officer, Energy For Opportunity; Graduate Fellow, Stanford University
* “BioPhotonics Technologies for Global Health,” Aydogan Ozcan, PhD, Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering Department, California NanoSystems Institute, UCLA
* “Low-Cost Diagnostics for the Developing World,” Una Ryan, OBE, PhD, DSc, CEO, Diagnostics For All

Water & Sanitation Speakers

* Ned Breslin, Chief Executive Officer, Water For People
* David Kuria, Chief Executive, Ecotact

“Advice From The Experts” Panels

* “Careers in Global Health: Advice From The Experts”
* “Careers in Social Entrepreneurship: Advice From The Experts”
* “Lessons From The Field: Setting Up Programs in Remote Areas”

Internships/Volunteer Opportunities – Website Resource

April 26, 2011

Here are some tips for looking for internship/volunteer opportunities and some postings in California (please see link below):

There are many people, places and organizations that need interns and volunteers. Here are some tips for getting started:

  • Look around your community for health-care facilities: hospitals, community health clinics, dental clinics, outpatient surgical centers, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, private doctor’s offices and mental health clinics. Call or visit the facilities, tell them about your interests and ask if they need help.
  • Talk to someone you know who works in the field and find out if they can put you in touch with someone who needs an intern or volunteer.
  • Ask a career counselor at your school about opportunities.
  • Check local community college career centers and Web sites for internship and volunteer listings.


For more information:

SNMA and CFHI- Global Health Immersion Trip to Oaxaca, Mexico 6/3-6/18/11- Deadline 2/15/11

February 1, 2011

Student National Medical Association and Child Family Health International- Global Health Immersion Trip
Application Deadline February 15th.

Child Family Health International is a non-profit organization that arranges global health experiences for pre-medical, medical students, residents and allied health students. CFHI and SNMA have teamed up to offer the 2011 SNMA Medical Mission trip. The program that offers students the opportunity to participate in a 2-week global health program in the city of Oaxaca Mexico!

This program will provide students with cultural competencies that are crucial for effective health care professionals. The program is also designed to provide in-depth clinical experience that will not only lead to greater Spanish fluency, but also, greater awareness of the similarity and differences of medical practice in Mexico and United States and the implication of these issues on medical practice and treatment of the growing Latino immigrant population in the United States.

Increasing one’s awareness of other cultures is becoming increasingly relevant for healthcare professionals as industrialized countries become more ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse.

The program dates are June 3rd to June 18th. Costs of the trip include 2 weeks of clinical experience ranging from Family Medicine to OB/Gyn, daily Spanish language training, 2 meals per day, and lodging with a host family.

Please contact for more information on participating in this amazing experience.

Volunteers Needed for Region 9 Tribal/EPA Conference-Oct 20-22

October 1, 2010

We need your help at the annual Region 9 Tribal/EPA Conference on October 20, 21, or 22. Shifts are available!

By volunteering in this event, you will learn more about the US EPA and Tribal environmental programs. Also, as a volunteer/monitor, you will be invited to attend a Dinner and presentation on October 20th from 6-8pm.

What:  The annual Region 9 Tribal/EPA Conference typically brings together more than 400 participants from California, Arizona, and Nevada tribal nations, and various federal and state agency representatives. The US EPA, other federal and state agencies, and Tribes continue to collaborate to protect public health and the environment on more than 27 million acres of tribal land in the Pacific Southwest. Workshops during the conference will cover topics such as land preservation, clean water, air quality, climate change, emergency response, funding opportunities, leveraging existing resources, and sharing successes in Indian country.

Where:  PARC55 Hotel off of the Powell Street BART station. The hotel’s street address is: 55 Cyril Magnin Street.

Tasks:  As a volunteer, you will ensure the workshop and presentation rooms are prepared, hand-out evaluation forms, and ensure speaker needs are met.

To sign-up for a shift, please email  Gwenda Rose at Shifts are available on October 18th through the 21st from 8am to noon and 1pm to 5:15pm and on the 22nd from 8am to 12:30pm.

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