Global Health Education Nonprofit Joins Forces with Corporate Cross-Cultural Effectiveness Leader

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CFHI Partners with Aperian Global to Help Students Work More Effectively Across Cultures

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Through this new partnership, CFHI will make use of Aperian Global’s online cultural intelligence tool, GlobeSmart, which provides detailed information on how to engage effectively with people from around the world.

Child Family Health International (CFHI), a nonprofit organization that has provided transformative global health experiences to over 8,000 participants since 1992, today announced its new partnership with Aperian Global. As a leader in cross-cultural effectiveness, Aperian Global specializes in “developing the capabilities of individuals, teams, and organizations to perform effectively worldwide.” Through this new partnership, CFHI will make use of Aperian Global’s online cultural intelligence tool, GlobeSmart, which provides detailed information on how to engage effectively with people from around the world.

In addition to being an invaluable cultural resource, GlobeSmart also offers a unique survey called the GlobeSmart Profile that enables users to compare their preferred styles of interaction with those of other cultures and colleagues. They then get specific advice on how they can modify their behavior to be most productive with their global colleagues.

CFHI’s use of GlobeSmart is especially significant because understanding a country’s culture is crucial for participants who embark on its Global Health Education Programs in 9 countries. It is also a compliment to CFHI’s pre-departure training that emphasizes cultural humility. CFHI Executive Director, Dr. Jessica Evert, observes, “We know cultural competency is a misnomer, and the Aperian-CFHI partnership helps to round out CFHI’s embrace of cross-cultural effectiveness as a goal of global engagement and education. CFHI is a leader in cutting across traditional silos in higher education and global health, and this partnership helps us cut across sectors and embrace a great tool that has traditionally been only in the reach of the corporate sector.”

Founded in 1992, CFHI (http://www.cfhi.org) is a non-governmental 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 30+ 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, Argentina, Mexico, Uganda, South Africa, Ghana and the Philippines. More than 8,000 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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Lauren Talamo
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