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.
Opportunities for medical and non-medical volunteers to provide cost free, life changing services to communities in the developing world is available to Centura Health associates and affiliated providers.
For questions about Global Health Initiatives, contact our Travel Coordinator:
Global Health Initiatives
Strengthening our local partners to better serve their communities
Our role is to assess 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.
Meet our team
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.
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.
Courtney’s passion for international mission work began in college when she first heard about the student missionary program at her university. This program allowed students to take a gap year to spend overseas; and while she fast-tracked her way through her degree and didn’t take a year to do missions, she was motivated to find a way to combine her love for creative storytelling and pair it with her passion for helping people in need.
With this goal in mind, she landed her first job out of college as a Communications Specialist in Southern California, working for the Global Health Institute (also called GHI) and Adventist Health International. While here she worked on creative projects, marketing pieces, and fundraising initiatives for mission hospitals in more than 40 countries and personally traveled on group trips to China, Zambia, Malawi and Bolivia. After nearly three years in this position, she relocated to Ohio to work as the Missions Coordinator for Kettering Health. This role allowed her to focus on the logistical support side of mission trips. Each year they supported 10 international trips and during her five years there, she personally went to three of their strategic interest sites: Honduras, Peru and Belize.
Having acquired a wide variety of skills from these two roles, Courtney comes to this position with exposure to international missions from the mindset of marketing, fundraising, trip planning logistics, relationship building, co-leading trips and so much more.
She is so excited to dive into helping raise funds and build relationships that will benefit the people and projects of GHI for years to come.
Our travel coordinator Angie, comes to this position with 30 years of experience as an IT professional in the travel and telecommunications industry. Having acquired a wide variety of skills, her role is to serve as a liaison with our travel agency and volunteers to support both airfare and hotel components of our international missions. She wants to assure each trip begins and ends with a pleasant travel experience. Angie describers her role here at GHI simply; “I am here supporting our volunteers so they can help people in need.” Her international travel experiences adds an element of expertise when planning multi-destinations missions.
Babies and mothers have been Rosemary’s passion for her entire career. She has served Centura Health for over 26 years as a neonatal nurse practitioner. After realizing the alarming rate of preventable newborn deaths, she introduced the program Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) to GHI. As a volunteer, she participated in the roll-out of HBB to partners in Peru, Haiti, and Nepal. More recently, Rose supported the introduction of Helping Mothers Survive Bleeding After Birth in Peru. She now serves as Couplet Care Project Manager, supporting partners in Peru, Nepal, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. Helping mothers and babies is a passion shared by health care providers and community members all over the world. There is nothing like that first moment between a mother and her newborn. If only all mothers and their babies around globe could share it.
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.
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.
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!
2023 Travel Schedule
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|Jan 11-22||Rwanda||All||Physician CME for orthopedics, nursing CME|
|Feb 3-12||Peru||Porter Adventist Hospital||Surgery, community health clinics, clinical CME|
|Mar 1-12||Nepal||All||Physician CME for gynecology, nursing CME|
|Apr 14-23||Peru||Parker Adventist Hospital||Surgery, community health clinics, clinical CME|
|Jun 9-18||Peru||Littleton Adventist Hospital||Surgery, community health clinics, clinical CME, family trip|
|Jul 12-23||Rwanda||All||Physician CME for orthopedics, training for club foot casting|
|Aug 4-13||Peru||Avista Adventist Hospital||Surgery, community health clinics, clinical CME, family trip|
|Sep 6-17||Nepal||All||Physician CME for gynecology, nursing CME|
|Nov 3-12||Peru||Castle Rock Adventist Hospital||Surgery, community health clinics, clinical CME|
|TBD||Tanzania||Mercy Hospital/ St. Anthony Hospital||TBD|
|TBD||India||Penrose Hospital/ St. Francis Hospital||TBD|
|TBD||Dominican Republic||All||Hand Surgery|