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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
Coordinator, Women’s and Children’s Programs
Dr. Watson serves as the coordinator of Women’s and Children’s programs for Global Health Initiatives. He is an OB/GYN physician and has served in many leadership and educational roles throughout his career with Centura Health such as Chief of Staff for St. Anthony Hospital and Chief Medical Officer both for Centura Health Physician Group as well as Global Health Initiatives. He continues to collaborate with health care organizations, facilities and providers within several overseas countries such as Peru, Rwanda, Nepal, and Tanzania. He fulfills his passion as 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. Promoting practical educational competencies internationally, Dr. Watson hopes to enhance capabilities of local health care professionals as they deliver services to mothers, children and babies during times they are most vulnerable.
Paula Enrietto, PhD
Coordinator, Research & 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.
Paige’s passion for mission driven work began after a month-long volunteer trip to a school in Rwanda back in 2017. That experience completely wrecked her and redirected her career from Healthcare IT to international philanthropy. God has faithfully opened doors ever since, and she can’t imagine pursuing anything else.
What inspires Paige most about GHI is the people that are involved who "pick up their cross daily" to serve others. Those who volunteer tirelessly and financially support GHI to ensure that the world’s most vulnerable populations are able to receive proper medical attention, as well as the medical professionals who take time to go on trips and use their gifts to serve and teach others and improve lives in the process... It’s truly amazing. Programs like this take a village of like-minded, determined, and generous people, and she feels honored to get to be a part of this incredible team.
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.
Michelle assisted with Centura’s 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 led the Helping Babies Survive Project since March of 2017 starting in Peru and expanding the program to Nepal in the fall of 2017. An expansion of the Helping Babies Survive (HBS) program includes Uganda and Tanzania, and the Helping Mothers Survive (HMS) program is now being implemented in all partner countries. Rwanda will be added to the program in 2021 to further expand the program’s reach. In addition to managing this program, Michelle continues to work for Centura Health at Avista Hospital’s New Life Center and as a Perinatal Educator in the Nurse Residency Program and the Family Medicine Residency Program.
Michelle earned her undergraduate degree from CU Boulder in Business and 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 Basic Life Support, Helping Babies Survive and Helping Mothers Survive. She is also grateful to Centura Health for the opportunity to live her mission both internationally and locally.
Coordinator, Surgical Services
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.
Maria Milagros Kneusel
Coordinator, Total Health
Maria Milagros Kneusel is a Registered Nurse with a Doctorate in Nursing and a Masters in Health Care Ethics. Maria is passionate about health care equity and about ensuring the dignified care of vulnerable and underserved populations. Maria is deeply invested in volunteerism with Latino communities in the Denver area and has also traveled abroad several times through Global Health Initiatives to serve the people of Peru. Maria is currently helping to provide support for the Salud Total program.