Mar 4, 2014
Former First Daughter Barbara Bush Among Yale Entrepreneurs Changing Public Health
From left, Laura Niklason, founder of Humacyte; Jennifer Staple-Clark, founder of United for Sight; Barbara Bush, CEO of Global Health Corps, and moderator, Georgia Levenson Keohane of the Roosevelt Institute, at a panel discussing “Women in Innovation: Leading Yale Women in Social and Health Startups” at the Yale School of Public Health Monday.
Social entrepreneurs from Yale University are changing the nature of public health, from creating replacement arteries to training the global health leaders of tomorrow.
At a panel on public health innovation Monday, a trio of social entrepreneurs with Yale ties talked about the challenges they face and how they measure success.
“I never set out to be an entrepreneur,” said Barbara Bush, the former First Daughter who co-founded Global Health Corps, a group that pairs young professionals with public health organizations around the world.
Bush said it was a Yale class on the societal impact of AIDS that led her to switch from studying architecture to a career in public health. She helped start Global Heath Corps in 2008 and since then GHC has placed hundreds of young people into fellowships with groups that deal with health issues at all levels.
The idea is someday to have former GHC fellows heading up international aid groups and governmental health agencies in as many countries as possible. “That’s actually what we’re expecting from our fellows,” Bush said.
Other Yale public health innovators are working in health services and medical research.