Who We Are

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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Children’s Nutrition Program
Leogane, Haiti

Board Member, Kevin Forey, has partnered with Children’s Nutrition Program of Haiti to assist in the statistical analysis and evaluation of their out-patient community management of acute malnutrition. Since 2010, Children’s Nutrition Program has treated more than 2,000 malnourished children in Leogane, Haiti. The findings of this study will help guide current and future therapy, highlighting program strengths, resource utilization, and opportunities to improve the quality of care delivered to this vulnerable population. This analysis will be presented at the Global Health Symposium at the University of Colorado on October 11, 2016.

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Community Events


Auraria Campus, Downtown Denver
Sunday, September 17, 2017, 8:00am – 12:00pm

Thank you to all of the runners, volunteers, and participants at the 2017 Run for Haiti 5K! We had another tremendously successful event, and thank everyone for your personal contributions. See you next year!


Posner Center for International Development
Saturday, May 20, 2017, 6:00 – 10:00pm

Thank you to everyone who came out and supported us generously for LaBoom! From the Global Water Challenge live performance, the Bella Diva dancers and the impromptu performance of SuCh, a good time was had by all. More importantly, we raised $6500 towards our goal of providing basic health and water/sanitation education to rural communities. We couldn’t do this without you, our supporters!! See you next year – La Boom!

The Ginn Mill, Larimer St. Denver
Monday, July 25, 2016

The Ginn Mill is downtown on Larimer Street, Denver’s oldest and most historic block, and is a low-key, friendly drinking spot. All proceeds from the day will be donated to Global Health Connections! Help support our programs, including the Global Water Challenge! We look forward to seeing you there!

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News Releases

Board Member Retirements
Friday, November 17, 2017

Global Health Connections would like to extend a very big thank you to Harriet Downer and Maria Todd for your generosity and contributions while serving on the Board of Directors. We appreciate all of the time, effort, and insight that you provided Global Health Connections, its beneficiaries, and communities across the world. We wish you both all the best in your future endeavors.

American Water Works Association

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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The Song of Love
Size: 39 ¾” x 30” – $150

This painting depicts a woman performing in one of Petionville’s upscale clubs. Many lavish clubs offer breathtaking live music that may range from soul and jazz to R&B and hip-hop. Many Haitians enjoy going to the disco or a nightclub/bar Thursdays-Sundays to enjoy local music and dance with friends and loved ones.

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Global Health Connections

Hear the latest and greatest on water solutions around the world. Register thru the link below.

Colorado WASH Symposium 2018March 6, 2018, 8:00amCU SEECThe intent of the Colorado WASH Symposium is to provide a platform for sharing and expanding knowledge in the field of water, sanitation, and hygiene in the context of development. The symposium brings together leaders and WASH practitioners in social enterprises, the private sector, NGOs, academia, and development agencies.

Topics include:
- WASH in challenging contexts
- The future of WASH research
- Market-based approaches
- Container-based sanitation
- Anaerobic digestion for developing communities

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