San Francisco-Based Global Health Nonprofit Begins Leadership Transition

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CFHI Reflects on Eight Years of Tremendous Leadership and Looks Forward to Continuing Excellence in Global Health Education and Community Empowerment.

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Steve has given so much to CFHI over the years. He has greatly increased our brand identity and CFHI’s reputation for quality..

Steven Schmidbauer, Executive Director of Child Family Health International (CFHI), announced that he will be leaving his position effective May 15, 2012. Mr. Schmidbauer has led the twenty year old organization, known for its international Global Health Education Programs since 2004. “Steve has given so much to CFHI over the years. He has greatly increased our brand identity and CFHI’s reputation for quality, and he obtained our special consultative status as an NGO with the United Nations,” said Dr. Evaleen Jones, CFHI’s Founder and President.

Mirriam Rafiq Braden, MPH has been identified as the new Executive Director. Ms. Rafiq Braden has ten years of experience in project and program management, and has been Program Director at the Center for Global Public Health at the University of California at Berkeley since 2008. A succession plan is in place and Mr. Schmidbauer and Ms. Rafiq Braden will work together to create a smooth transition.

“CFHI’s programs depend on our creative and talented staff and a host of outstanding partnerships around the world. We have truly created a global family of people united in a effort to share expertise and resources with underserved communities in a reciprocal manner, creating a win-win for all involved. The very strength of the CFHI global family will make this leadership transition seamless and more manageable than it might be at other organizations,” said Mr. Schmidbauer.

The organization will hold a celebration in honor of Mr. Schmidbauer on May 17, 2012.

About CFHI
Founded in 1992, CFHI ( is a non-government organization (NGO) operating at the grassroots level to provide transformative global health education experiences and community empowerment in underserved communities around the world. CFHI offers 20+ Global Health Education Programs designed to broaden students' perspectives about global health - as well as a variety of community health initiatives and projects - in developing countries including Bolivia, Ecuador, India, Mexico, and South Africa. More than 6,000 students have participated in CFHI programs to date. CFHI has been granted Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC). ###

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