Who We Are

Global Health Connections, Inc.

Global Health Connections believes that health care is a human right, and strives to raise global health awareness through community-based learning and mentorship. Global Health Connections was founded by Blair Gifford, Ph.D., Professor of International Health Management in the Business School and School of Public Health at the University of Colorado.



CAMEJO Maternity Center
Leogane, Haiti

The Maternity Center will save many lives in the Leogane area. In the course of planning for the opening, CAMEJO Hospital has recently employed numerous birth-related health professionals: a surgeon, a neonatologist, obstetricians, a pediatrician, a gynecologist, nurse midwives, etc. Additionally, Project CURE of Denver has supplied the Maternity Center with hospital beds and other supplies. And, health educational units in Colorado are getting active in training help at CAMEJO and in partnership with the Leogane Nursing School.

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Global Water Challenge
Denver, Colorado

The Global Water Challenge was started in 2003 and is one of Global Health Connections’ original projects. The Global Water Challenge gives Denver-based middle school students the opportunity to research and study water issues locally and globally. Students work in small groups to research their selected water issues, collaborate, and problem‐solve. Students use teacher‐led class time to explore their topics in greater depth, to prepare and perfect water-themed skits in preparation for competition day.

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Current Events


Saturday, June 2, 2018, 6:30 – 10:00pm
Posner Center for International Development

Join Global Health Connections for La Boom! La Boom is GHC’s annual fundraiser to support work done both at home in Colorado, and abroad in Haiti and Kenya. We’ll be enjoying dinner and drinks, salsa dancing, a presentation by filmmaker Brad Cooper, and a silent auction. Everyone is welcome — old and new friends alike!

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Godspeed Trailer – In select theaters May 22nd.

Volunteer Opportunities

Be a Connector!

Volunteers connect their energy and ideas with Denver and the world. Internships available.

GWC Team: (Fall, Spring)

– Be a mentor! Help classroom teams prepare for the challenge
– Be a judge! Provide quantifiable feedback to teams in competition
– Be a gopher! Competition day help

GHC Team:

– Be a FUNraiser! LaBoom annual fund raiser in May; 5K in September
– Be a grant seeker! And writer!
– Be an events coordinator!
– Be an admin expert! Help with small projects
– Be a social media expert! Post on FB, Instagram, write a newsletter

Contact [email protected] for more information.

Experiential Learning

Health in Haiti 2018!

July 28 – August 4, 2018
Reserve your spot by May 15th!

– Visit the GHC Maternity Center
– Teach water sanitation and hygiene to rural villagers
– Visit a government hospital and private clinic
– Meet locals and learn how they live
– Museum and cultural tours
– Beach time

After 8 days you will leave with a hands-on understanding of the culture, the health system and the opportunities for growth. You may even decide to return!

See trip itinerary!

Tour is led by GHC Executive Director Karen Failinger who has logged 40 plus trips to Haiti since 2011. Tax deductible land price of $2000 includes double accommodations, transportation, excursions, translators and tips, which includes a $200 donation to GHC. 4-10 persons max. $500 deposit by May 1 holds your place with full payment due July 1st.

Contact [email protected] for more information and application.

Buy Haitian Paintings:

Music of the Soul
Size: 20 x 23 ½” – $125

Dance and music are deeply routed in Haitian life. Art is deeply routed in the Haitian culture. This image depicts a woman from the Port-au-Prince university, imagining the music that gives her voice, strength, and power.

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