Global Health Service Partnership
Peace Corps Response1111 20th St. NW
Washington, DC, 20526
Phone855.855.1961 ext. 2250
The Peace Corps, the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and Seed Global Health launched the Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP), a program that aims to improve clinical education, expand the base of physician and nursing educators and build healthcare capacity in countries that face critical shortages of healthcare providers.
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Applicants must be U.S. citizens with active U.S. physician or nursing licensure. Competitive physician applicants should be board eligible or board certified in their core specialties, and nurse applicants should have completed a BSN with a minimum of three years’ experience in a clinical specialty or an advanced degree (MPH, MSN, ARPN, DNP, PhD, or CNM). Before applying, review important Medical information for Applicants to learn about medical conditions not likely supported during Peace Corps service.
Background: Demand for More Health Expertise
The Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) helps address critical shortages of qualified health professionals where they are most needed. The goal is to increase local capacity and strengthen the quality and sustainability of medical and nursing education and clinical practices. The GHSP responds to an expressed host country demand, advances PEPFAR's commitment to training and retaining 140,000 health-care workers in countries with high disease burden, and also provides an innovative volunteer opportunity for Americans to collaborate with faculty peers as educators in resource limited settings.
An Innovative Partnership
The Peace Corps and Seed Global Health are committed to cultivating stronger, sustainable health systems by training a new generation of physicians and nurses, and are working together on recruitment, site selection, volunteer support and program evaluation. The Peace Corps has a rich, 50-year history of preparing, sending and supporting American Volunteers for service overseas and will play that role in the Global Health Service Partnership. Seed Global Health is a 501(C)(3) housed at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Global Health; working with private philanthropy, they will provide stipends of up to $30,000 to offset educational debt, mortgage commitment and dependent tuition. Seed Global Health staff supports the Peace Corps with their expertise in medical and nursing education and knowledge of clinical education in developing countries.
GHSP sends trained health professionals to serve as adjunct faculty in medical, nursing and clinical officer training schools of partnering countries. Launched in March 2012, the first cohort of medical and nursing professionals left for Tanzania, Malawi, and Uganda in July 2013.
In collaboration with PEPFAR country teams, Peace Corps works closely with ministries of health and education as well as identified educational and health institutions to increase capacity and strengthen the quality and sustainability of medical and nursing education and clinical practices.
- Since GHSP launched in 2012, the program has placed 97 physicians and nurses in training institutions across Tanzania, Malawi, and Uganda. Starting in the summer of 2016, GHSP will open the program in Swaziland with nurse educators and may expand to additional countries and disciplines in future years.
- Participants in the program will serve one-year assignments through Peace Corps Response, a program that offers high-impact, short-term assignments for qualified Americans. Volunteers may also apply to extend their service for a second year.
- In coordination with host country faculty, Volunteers primarily function as physician or nursing educators and also participate in direct clinical care as appropriate to their teaching roles.
- Competitive physician applicants should be board eligible or board certified doctors in their core specialties, and nurse applicants should have completed a BSN with an MPH, MSN, ARPN, DNP, PhD, or CNM and have a minimum of three years’ experience in a clinical specialty.
Global Health Service Partnership Application Process & Benefits
Application Timeline for 2016 GHSP Volunteer Class*
- May 27, 2015 –Applications open for summer 2016 departure
- June 2015 – Peace Corps begins conducting interviews with competitive candidates
- August 2015 – Seed Global Health begins conducting second-round interviews
- December 11, 2015 – Application deadline for summer 2016 departure
- January-April 2016 – Invitations extended
*Please note, this timeline may change and will be updated as needed.
Applications for the summer 2016 class will be accepted from May 28, 2015 through December 4, 2015. Invitations for the summer 2016 cohort will be extended starting in January through April.
A Peace Corps Response recruiter will begin conducting interviews on a rolling basis starting in June 2015. Applicants selected for an interview must submit references and complete electronic health history and legal forms to determine their medical and legal eligibility. Candidates advancing from the initial interview with Peace Corps Response participate in an additional interview with clinical leadership from Seed Global Health. Interviews with Seed Global Health will begin in August 2015. Invitations will be issued from January to April 2016. Upon acceptance of an invitation, invitees complete a medical clearance, background check, and additional administrative paperwork to include applications for an official Peace Corps passport and visa (if applicable). Volunteer assignments for the third cohort will begin in the summer of 2016.
Volunteers receive the same benefits as traditional Peace Corps Volunteers, which includes a modest monthly living stipend, transportation to and from their country of service, comprehensive medical care, a readjustment allowance, and paid vacation days. In addition, Seed Global Health may assist Volunteers with need-based supplemental financial stipends.
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Last updated May 03 2016