Birth of Global Health Charities (GHC)
The belief that all human beings, regardless of socio-economic status, should have the opportunity to strive for their full potential is the guiding principle that has driven Patricia Williams to found Global Health Services (GHC). Growing up in Asia, and working for 18 years at a Catholic nonprofit international health organization, Ms. Williams saw first-hand the striking discrepancies in health outcomes between wealthy and poor countries.
As President and Founder of Global Health Services Network LLC (GHSN), Ms. Williams made a commitment that she would someday create an organization that would take meaningful action and narrow the health disparity for the poor and disenfranchised in developing and emerging countries.
That promise kept, GHC was founded in January 2014. In August 2014, Susan McAdams joined Ms. Williams as GHC’s Executive Director, while Ms. Williams serves as Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors.
GHC’s primary mission is to positively impact human potential in developing and emerging markets by improving the status of both individual and community health conditions, as well as the competencies of healthcare professionals, in a manner that is meaningful, measurable and sustainable.
This may include:
1) Soliciting, funding, designing and implementing programs that contribute to the education, skills and competency levels of healthcare professionals in developing and emerging countries;
2) Providing support, funding, design and/or implementation of patient care and patient education activities to reduce mortality and improve the health status of global communities;
3) Pursuing any other projects that support #1 and #2, such as providing equipment and supplies, scholarships, and other necessary assistance.
- We envision a world where all people have access to quality healthcare services delivered with respect, dignity and compassion.
- We envision a world where aspiring and current health care professionals have easier, continued access to world-class education and training to help them maximize their professional impact on global communities.
- We envision a world where meaningful, intentional and collaborative efforts result in transformational healthcare change, significantly bridging the health disparity between wealthy and poor global communities.
- We value a “servant leader” mindset of respect and compassion for the poor and disenfranchised.
- We value the potential of every human being to live a healthy, meaningful and productive life.
- We value positive, energized collaboration with all like-minded stakeholders and partners.
GHC Project Selection Criteria
All program initiatives will be evaluated considering the following criteria.
Will the program:
- Impact the ability of healthcare professionals or patient caregivers to provide safer, more efficient, or better quality care;
- Impact the ability of healthcare educators to improve the competencies of healthcare providers in the community;
- Serve a disenfranchised population;
- Be meaningful/relevant;
- Be measurable;
- Be sustainable;
- Address any Millennium Development Goals;
- Attract an appropriate and committed in-country partner;
- Present any unreasonable risks to GHC contractors, employees, board members or volunteers? If so, is there a way to provide assistance if travel/on-site program is not possible at this time?
- Attract the appropriate human resource capability and competency to conduct the initiative;
- Involve any potential conflicts of interest? Can these be resolved within the framework of GHC Bylaws and Conflict of Interest policies?