Barbara Bush

Barbara Bush 2009 Global Fellow

Global Health Corps

with Jonny Dorsey

Health & Healthcare


Barbara Bush 2009 Global Fellow

Bold Idea 

Build the next generation of global health leaders and improve the quality of healthcare services for the poor by connecting outstanding young professionals from around the world with health-focused organizations.

Global Health Corps (GHC) partners with organizations with proven success but limited resources to host international teams of young professionals for a yearlong fellowship. GHC works with the organizations to identify specific needs and outline a measurable assignment for the fellows. GHC recruits outstanding fellows from the U.S. and abroad who possess skills that will add immediate value to the organization and who show strong leadership potential. GHC provides extensive training and the fellows receive mentoring, professional development, and social and financial support.

Barbara Bush is President and co-founder of Global Health Corps, an organization that aims to mobilize a global community of young leaders to build a movement for health equity. Over the past year and a half, Global Health Corps has sent 60 fellows from eight countries to work with non-profit health organizations like Partners In Health and the Clinton Health Access Initiative in Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Rwanda, and the United States. Before working for Global Health Corps, Barbara worked for two-years in Educational Programming at the Smithsonian Institution's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. After graduating college, she worked for Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Capetown, South Africa and interned for UNICEF in Botswana. She has traveled extensively with the UN World Food Programme, focusing on the importance of nutrition in ARV treatment. Barbara is a member of UNICEF's Next Generation Steering Committee and is on the Board of Directors for Covenant House International and Population Services International. She is a Draper Richards Foundation Social Entrepreneur and a fellow of Echoing Green. Barbara graduated from Yale University with a degree in Humanities in 2004.