San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) July 24, 2012
Fresh from the impoverished Appalachian region of Virginia, Evaleen Jones, a young Stanford medical student, took a life-changing trip to Ecuador. She met a doctor there whose dream was to build a Mobile Surgical Unit to reach people on the edge of the Amazon jungle. Evaleen partnered with the doctor, raised funds, and built the unit. She later founded the nonprofit Child Family Health International (CFHI) to encourage other medical students to assist within the mobile unit. Since then CFHI's scope has grown and it now prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary.
CFHI’s motto is “Let the world change you” and now offers more than 20 Global Health Education Programs in partnership with underserved communities in Argentina, Ecuador, Bolivia, India, Mexico and South Africa. Since its inception more than 7,000 students have gone abroad as paying interns to learn about public health and medicine alongside local professionals. Says Mirriam Rafiq Braden, CFHI' s Executive Director, "CFHI programs are structured as opportunities for participants to develop themselves personally and professionally, and to learn about how cultural, financial and geographic factors affect healthcare around the world."
CFHI is a $1.8 million nonprofit (with a mere 5% overhead) that has cultivated a family of global health professionals made up of educators, students, and volunteers—establishing amazing partnerships that crisscross the world. The organization has transformed global health education and empowered communities through an asset-based approach – identifying strengths in underserved communities and funding locally-devised healthcare and social service projects. Students from around the world travel to learn from local physicians and public health experts. The CFHI model is unique as the majority of student fees are funneled directly back to host communities and support healthcare infrastructure. This exchange of knowledge, resources, and partnership encourages pride and ownership at the local level.
Dr. Jones, now Clinical Faculty at Stanford University School of Medicine and named one of Silicon Valley's Women of Influence (2009), established CFHI with the premise of global citizenship in mind. CFHI has garnered numerous honors and awards, and for five years in row, has met all 20 of the best practice standards set by the Better Business Bureau for nonprofits. It also maintains Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
CFHI’s 20th Anniversary Gala is open to the public and will take place on San Francisco’s waterfront. All interested in global health or learning more about CFHI’s work are invited to attend the September 30th event. Keynote speaker will be Dr. German Tenorio, former CFHI Medical Director and the current Secretary of Health of the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. The celebration will also feature international dance performances and food.
Visit the CFHI 20th Anniversary Page for more information and to purchase tickets.
Founded in 1992, CFHI (http://www.cfhi.org) is a nonprofit providing 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 Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, India, Mexico, and South Africa. More than 7,000 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).