SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Child Family Health International (CFHI) has launched a scholarship fund to provide transformative global health education experiences for health science students who otherwise couldn’t afford them. Thanks to generous donors, CFHI is able to increase the fund this year to provide 14 scholarships to any of its global immersion experiences in Bolivia, Ecuador, India, Mexico, and South Africa. Any health science student can apply at (http://www.cfhi.org/web/index.php/xcms/showpage/page/Scholarships); the deadline for applications is May 15, 2011, for programs running from August through December, 2011.
CFHI offers student global health immersion programs in five countries in which premedical, medical, nursing, public health, dental, and other health students spend one to three months “shadowing” local health care providers (and living with local families in those countries) in a variety of health care disciplines, from disease prevention and education to pediatric and maternal health practices. The transformative programs are designed to provide deep immersion into other cultures, experience healthcare delivery in a new setting, and encourage health students to become involved in citizen diplomacy.
The Zimmer Family Foundation is a donor to CFHI’s scholarship fund. The foundation’s donation will be used specifically by any children of Men’s Wearhouse employees who are also Zimmer Family Foundation Scholarship recipients. The Zimmer Family Foundation is funded by George Zimmer and other family members. Mr. Zimmer, the founder and CEO of apparel retailer The Men’s Wearhouse, provides many scholarships to the children of company employees, as well as other philanthropic endeavors.
“I can think of no better way for a student pursuing a career in the health sciences field to gain the insight, perspective, and skills they will need than to immerse themselves directly in those environments,” said Zimmer. “Students who work and live in other countries’ health care systems experience first-hand not only the practicalities and methodologies of other health care systems, but also the cultural underpinnings. There is little doubt that this is of incomparable benefit to students pursuing a career in the health professions.”
The Savant Group, a San Francisco-based independent investment advisory firm, was also a significant donor to the scholarship fund. Their contribution will go to deserving students at City College of San Francisco. Tom Burkhart, founder and CEO of The Savant Group, said he selected Child Family Health International for the donation because it offers “life-changing experiences for students, providing valuable insights and perspectives they simply do not get in a classroom.”
The donation was made by The Savant Group Charitable Foundation. “Amazingly, to our knowledge, we are the only investment advisory firm in the U.S. with a foundation. We understand the importance of investing our funds in people and with organizations where we can make a difference,” added Burkhart. “For that reason, we are delighted to be able to contribute to the effort to open this opportunity to a wider, more multidisciplinary group of health science students.”
Founded in 1992, CFHI (www.chfi.org) is a non-government organization (NGO) operating at the grass-roots level to provide transformative global health education experiences and community empowerment in developing countries and underserved communities. CFHI offers 20 global health immersion programs designed to broaden students’ perspectives about global health - as well as a variety of community health initiatives and projects - in developing countries including Bolivia, Ecuador, India, Mexico, and South Africa. More than 6,000 students have participated in CFHI programs to date. CFHI has been granted Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC).