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Global Health Initiatives (GHI) is improving lives around the globe by providing high quality healthcare in collaboration with local partners to strengthen health systems in developing countries. Partnering with members and institutions of the local community are keys to our success as health care is most effective when carried out in a sustainable, culturally-sensitive way.
Our role is to ultimately strengthen our local partners to better serve their own communities. We do this by assessing community health and partner facility needs, while developing interventions that increase local capacity to promote health. This is accomplished through health prevention and education activities, direct clinical care, sharing of material resources, partnering with local organizations, and teaching and mentoring clinical and non-clinical providers and administrators.
GHI brings passionate adventurers, medical professionals, and those determined to make a difference to remote areas of the world. These teams work together for two weeks to provide health care education and medical services to those in need. With 10 mission trips a year, we are able to change countless lives with your help.
A Message from Director Greg Hodgson
Dear Friends of Global Health Initiatives,
I wanted to let you know we’re thinking of you and your families during these historic times.
The speed and scope of COVID-19’s spread around the world is nothing less that spectacular. This grim side of our global connectedness now means that the same battle we face against the virus here at home is simultaneously being fought in hundreds of thousands of communities around the world.
GHI’s partner hospitals in Nepal, Peru, Rwanda and Tanzania are facing the same challenges that we have here at home… but with even fewer resources. PPE (personal protective equipment) is almost non-existent in many developing countries, yet the risk of contagion is high. The countries where we work have imposed strict regulations to try and stop the spread of the virus. People are not only asked to stay at home, but local transportation and airports have been closed and special permits are often required to be outside on the streets.
The caregivers at our partner hospitals are staying true to their mission, and they are ready to serve the population in their communities. In spite of the lack of resources, they are standing tall, prepared to care for those who need their help.
We'll keep you posted with updates on how COVID-19 is impacting our global communities.
In the meantime, I simply want to let you know that you're in our thoughts and prayers. We're grateful to our health care providers both here at home – including many of you – and abroad who are committed to extending the healing ministry of Christ by providing care and comfort to those in need.
We're all in this together, and whether it's providing medical care or supporting those around you, I want to thank you for the many ways you're inspiring others!
Global Health Initiatives
Meet Our Global Health Initiatives Team
Greg Hodgson, the founder of GHI, has extensive experience in international project management. After completing a graduate degree in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University, Greg served as Vice President for Operations & Engineering at Adventist World Radio. He has managed projects in over 30 countries, and speaks several languages. Under Greg’s leadership, GHI has grown from its start in 2005 to include projects in five countries and engaged over 2,000 volunteers.
Dave Watson, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Watson serves as the Chief Medical Officer for Global Health Initiatives. Partnering with health care organizations and facilities within several overseas countries such as Peru, Rwanda, Nepal, Tanzania, Puerto Rico and Cuba he works with GHI to extend the healing ministry of Christ by strengthening existing health facilities and services in developing countries, and by nurturing the health of the people in those communities through local partnerships.
Kim went on her first Global Health Initiatives trip in 2007 while her family lived in Iquitos, Peru for the summer. Since then she’s been a frequent Nepal and Peru volunteer and financial supporter of GHI. As a Development Officer for GHI, Kim is on a mission to inspire joyful giving that transform lives by loving God and serving people. Kim thrives in sharing the impact of GHI’s work to individuals who have a passion for the poor and vulnerable.
Kristen first heard of GHI while working as a physical therapist at Littleton Adventist Hospital in 2008. She was inspired by the idea of helping people in underserved communities around the world have the same access to health care that we are lucky enough to have here in the States. When the GHI Travel Coordinator position became available she jumped at the chance to be a part of this mission. She enjoys meeting GHI’s trip participants, sharing in their excitement for the trip, and ensuring that the week goes as smoothly as possible.
International Project Management
She assisted on community health clinics in Nepal and Peru before managing the Total Health project in Peru from 2015-2017. Continuing with GHI's International Project Management, Michelle has lead the Helping Babies Survive Project since March of 2017 in both Peru and Nepal. She has continued to work at Avista Hospital in the New Life Center while expanding the Helping Mothers Survive Program into Uganda and Tanzania during the Fall of 2018. Michelle recently expanded her role with Centura as the OB Educator with Saint Anthony's North Health Campus.
Michelle earned her undergraduate degree from CU Boulder in Business (with an emphasis in Commercial Recreation) with her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Nursing from Regis University. She is grateful to her family - her husband, Eddie, and children, Emma and Hunter - for supporting her with her efforts to travel and educate birth attendants all over the world with Helping Babies Breathe, Essential Care for Every Baby, Basic Life Support, and soon, helping Mothers Survive.
Paula Enrietto, MD
Coordinator of Research and Academic Affairs
Dr. Paula Enrietto began her career as a cancer biologist and published over 50 papers and books during her academic career at Stony Brook University. While her early work focused on understanding disease and health at a molecular level, she soon discovered a passion for understanding and advocating for health at a more personal level. A chance conversation about global health challenges deepened this passion.
Today, she applies her knowledge and skills to the work of Centura Global Health Initiatives as Coordinator of Research and Academic Affairs. She focuses on education, program development, and the application of technology solutions to global health problems. Most recently she has supported the training of medical professionals in the Ponseti method to treat club foot. She is also one of the creators of a mobile application that allows data collection in low resource areas for the Helping Babies Survive program.
Lynda Kithil presently is a full-time volunteer for Centura Health Global Health Initiatives and has been a member of the staff since 2007. Working with the director, she assists with medical supplies logistics, recruitment, team coordination and leadership as well as general administrative issues.
Her past volunteer work included administrative work at the K-10 Boulder Junior Academy and Vista Ridge Academy. She directed the Hot Lunch Program for many years and served in Vista Ridge Academy’s front office. She is the Founder/Coordinator of the East Boulder County Food-Coop, a non-profit organization.
By education and training Mrs. Kithil is a Registered Nurse, having graduated from Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska. Her nursing positions included work at Swedish Hospital, Boulder Memorial Hospital, Avista Adventist Hospital, SCL Lutheran Medical Center, and in a private surgery center. Her special field of interest was surgical work in operating rooms. Her final hospital position was in Information Technology and administration. For a two year period, she was owner of ORS, a five-state sales and distribution company serving hospitals in the region.
Mrs. Kithil is a clarinet musician and performs with a clarinet trio and the Jeffco Community Band in local musical performances. She is married to Richard Kithil. They have a daughter, Lindsey Kithil. Lynda enjoys bird watching, photography, hiking, biking, travel, reading, knitting, cooking, and her family.