A specialist in Africa, the oldest and largest African-American led charity in its field. In 36 African nations since 1970, Africare has delivered more than $800 million in assistance ― over 2,500 projects ― to address Health and HIV/AIDS, Food Security and Agriculture and Water Resource Development. Africare reaches families and communities in over 25 countries in every major region of Sub-Saharan Africa, from Senegal to South Africa and from Chad to Mozambique. Frist Involvement: “I have served on the Board of Directors of Africare since 2007. Helping improve the health of those in Africa is something that is near to my heart, and Africare is one of the most impactful organizations making a real difference on that continent.”
The mission of the Center for Interfaith Action on Global Poverty (CIFA) is to improve the capacity and effectiveness of the faith community in its collective effort to reduce global poverty and disease. CIFA does this through increased interfaith coordination, best practices and model sharing, innovative mobilization of resources, and influential advocacy to governments and the general public.
The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) provides strategic insights and policy solutions to decisionmakers in government, international institutions, the private sector, and civil society. A bipartisan, nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, DC, CSIS conducts research and analysis and develops policy initiatives that look into the future and anticipate change. CSIS has grown to become one of the world’s preeminent international policy institutions, and it is at the center of serious policy discussion and debate in our nation’s capital. The work they are doing, as evidence by the development of programs like PEPFAR, have reached an untold number of people, and influence those in the highest levels of power in our federal, state and local government. Frist Involvement: “I have worked with CSIS on many issues for much of the past decade. When I was in the U.S. Senate, I worked with their outstanding staff to develop the base policy that President Bush later used to develop and create PEPFAR in 2003. After I left the Senate, I joined their Board of Directors, and helped them found the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, which is a groundbreaking program that works to bridge the foreign policy and public health communities by creating a strategy for U.S. engagement on global health.”
The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund seeks to respond to unmet needs in Haiti, foster economic opportunity, improve the quality of life over the long term for those affected, and assist the people of Haiti as they rebuild their lives and “build back better. They are doing this by working with and supporting the efforts of reputable 501(c)(3) nongovernmental and nonprofit organizations. It was established by President Barack Obama in February of 2010 to develop a major fundraising effort to rebuild Haiti. As of April 2010, over 200,000 donors have donated close to $40 million. While the fund has met many short term and immediate needs in response to the devastating earthquake, the focus for the fund in the coming months will be on long-term reconstruction and development. The mission is not just to rebuild Haiti, but to being it back better and more able to battle these issues in the future. Work such as job development programs to help those who have been out of work and vocational skill training that can lead to longer term jobs will be a big part of this work. Frist Involvement: President Bush and President Clinton asked me to serve as a member of the Board of Directors, and in this capacity, I will help identify how to best distribute the money donated to the fund that will have the most long-term impact on rebuilding Haiti.
The Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) works to reduce health disparities in our local community and worldwide. Recognizing that many global health problems stem from economic, social, environmental, political and health care inequalities, DGHI brings together interdisciplinary teams to solve complex health problems and to train the next generation of global health scholars. Frist Involvement: “Duke announced in December of 2009, that I would join the Board of Advisors for the Health Institute for 2010-2013. In 2008, I traveled with Dr. Michael Merson, who is the Director of the Institute, to Russia to look first hand at their public health delivery and see how they taught the issue of public health. I was impressed with the work Duke has been doing in this area, and I am honored to serve with such a strong group of people interested in the delivery of care across the globe.
Hope Through Healing Hands is a global health organization that I started in 2004. Its mission is to promote the improved quality of life for citizens and communities around the world using health as a currency for peace. Under the umbrella of health diplomacy, we include efforts for child survival/maternal health, clean water, extreme poverty, and global disease such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and Malaria. Strategically, we promote Global Partnership by working hand-in-hand with leading organizations who best address these issues in developing nations. Since 2004, Hope Through Healing Hands has invested more than $3 million in charities in both the United States and abroad. These investments have been in support of infrastructure, sustainable health development, education, healthcare, emergency relief, and access to general aid. This assistance has primarily focused on HIV/AIDS, but most recently, we have contributed over $150,000 to organizations who are providing immediate and direct care for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. In 2010, HTHH will partner with Brad Paisley’s H20 Summer Tour to promote the need for clean water across the globe with our Water=Hope Campaign. Since 2008, we have sponsored over 20 young health professionals, including students, residents, and fellows, to participate in our Frist Global Health Leaders program. These students spend a semester focusing on service to those in need, alongside the work of training community health workers. We proudly lead the HTHH Global Health Coalition of Tennessee. With over 40 nonprofit organizations, universities, and churches, we are excited to promote a robust networking system within our own communities for better efficiency of programs through partnerships and support. We hold quarterly meetings providing a deliberate social space for these global health leaders in our community to build relationships with one another.
The Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit private operating foundation, based in Menlo Park, California, dedicated to producing and communicating the best possible information, research and analysis on health issues.
The Living Proof Project intends to highlight successes of U.S.-funded global health programs. By reporting success stories back to the people who funded them – Americans and their representatives – we hope to reframe the current global health conversation. Millions of lives have already been transformed and saves with effective, affordable solutions. We have the knowledge, innovative technologies and proven tools to do much more.
Living Water International works in more than 22 countries to bring daily access to safe, clean water to over 5 million people. LWI confronts the global water crisis, as well as hygiene and sanitation development, through a community based approach of training, consulting and equipping.
An alliance of communities whose mission is to build the fundamental human capacity of the people of Lwala to advance their own comprehensive well being, including physical health, educational opportunity, economic freedom, cultural vitality and spiritual growth.
The Millennium Challenge Corporation is an innovative and independent U.S. foreign aid agency that is helping lead the fight against global poverty. MCC was created in 2004 with the goal of forming partnerships with some of the world’s poorest countries, but only those committed to good governance, economic freedom, and investments in their citizens. MCC provides these well-performing countries with large-scale grants to fund country-led solutions for reducing poverty through sustainable economic growth. MCC does not distribute money as a handout. It uses new and different metrics to measure how it distributes aid – based on results-driven, country-driven sponsorships. To date, MCC has disbursed over $1.1 billion in aid to nearly 40 countries. Frist Involvement: “I have been a member of the Board of Directors of MCC since 2007. This is a unique board that includes 5 senior government officials, including the Secretary of State, Secretary of the Treasury, the Director of USAID and the US Trade Representative and four members from the private sector.”
The National Institute for Health Care Management Research and Educational Foundation (NIHCM Foundation) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group that conducts research on health care issues.
The Partnership for a Healthier America is an independent, nonpartisan organization that will serve to link and mobilize the private sector, foundations, thought leaders, media and communities around the specific goals outlined in the First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign to eliminate childhood obesity within a generation. With the goal of eliminating childhood obesity within a generation, it will take a broad effort to engage every community in the nation. The toll taken by obesity is not just health, it negatively impacts self-esteem and dignity, taking a major psychological toll as well. The obesity problem is starting at an even earlier age, with researchers estimating that 21.2 percent of children from 2 to 5 are already obese or overweight, a number that has doubled over the past 30 years. The obesity rate for children ages 6 to 11 has also more than quadrupled ¬ from 4.2 to 19.6 percent ¬ as well as tripled for adolescents ages 12 to 19 ¬ from 4.6 to 18.1 percent ¬ over the past four decades. Frist Involvement: “The Frist Lady announced in April 2010 that I, along with Newark Mayor Cory Booker would serve as Vice Chair of this partnership. Obesity is generational ¬ it wasn’t an issue when I was in school, but has become an epidemic today. This is the first generation in American history that is projected not to live as long as their parents, and this program that Michelle Obama is working on will help improve this disturbing trend. Behavior is such an important part of health, and I am pleased to be able to lend a voice to such a worthy and important cause.”
Started by the Rev. Franklin Graham, Samaritan’s Purse is an international Christian relief organization, who for over 35 years, has provided aid to the world’s poor, sick, and suffering. They have effectively reached hurting people in countries around the world with food, medicine, and other assistance. Their emergency relief programs provide desperately needed assistance to victims of natural disaster, war, disease, and famine. They also provide community development and vocational programs in impoverished villages and neighborhoods to help people break the cycle of poverty and give them hope for a better tomorrow. Frist Involvement: “For years, I have worked with Samaritan’s Purse on medical mission trips across the globe, most recently in Haiti. Having teamed up with them on medical mission work in many of the poorest areas of the world including Africa and working with them during some of the world’s most tragic natural disasters, I have seen the compassion of their mission shine through, and I am proud to have worked with them to help spread health and hope.”
Save the Children is the leading independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in need in the United States and around the world. It is internationally recognized for its commitment to accountability, innovation and collaboration in saving the lives of children. Their work goes into the heart of communities, helping children and families help themselves. Save the Children in 2008, spent over $400 million dollars on programs that made a difference in over 50 countries, in North and South America, Africa and Asia. They have served 64 million children and many others working to save and improve children’s lives, including parents, community members, local organizations and government agencies. The Survive to Five Campaign is based on a simple principle: all children should live to celebrate their fifth birthday. The Survive to Five campaign supports the Millennium Development Goal Four, which is to reduce child mortality by two thirds by 2015 and save the lives of over 5 million children under 5 who are dying of preventable and treatable diseases. We are doing this by increasing access to community health care for children and their families, supporting advocacy efforts to ensure a greater prioritization on maternal and child health programs, and mobilizing citizens and leaders to take action on behalf of children, with efforts such as World Pneumonia Day. Frist Involvement: “I have served as a Member of Board of Trustees for Save the Children since 2007, and am proud of the work this group has done in making a positive impact in the lives of children around our nation and across the globe. I have served with many who are interested in improving the lives of children across the globe, including CEOs, former elected leaders and leaders in the community. In particular, I am chairing Save The Children’s Survive to Five Campaign as well.”