CFHI Thomas Hall Scholars Program

Child Family Health International has been impacting the perspective and Global Health expertise of trainees and young professionals for over 25 years. In alignment with our commitment to delivering the best global health programs, we are excited to present the CFHI Thomas Hall Scholars Program. This Program recognizes rising leaders in global health who are dedicated to health equity, recognizes the power of education and capacity building, and is bold in the desire to challenge the status quo.

This scholarship is made available by Dr. Thomas Hall, a leader in global health issues that has spent much of his life committed to improving the health of low-resource countries. Over the past 60 years, Hall has both provided medical care to these areas and has helped strengthen their health systems, applying best practices from around the world.

Eligibility: Any current student enrolled in an undergraduate, post-bacc, graduate or post-graduate program. Applicant must show a demonstrated commitment to global health, especially through advocacy, political activism, capacity building, and conscious consumerism.

How to apply: Applicants will be asked to upload the following:  

  • A cover letter adressing the following:
    • A story from your life showing your commitment to global health
    • An explanation on how this scholarship will help you become a better advocate for global health
  • Letter of recommendation (professional or academic)
  • Personal CV (Curriculum Vitae)

Award Details: $975 award that will go toward the program fee of a 4-week CFHI Virtual Global Health Education Program taking place during or after July 2021. To review the possible virtual opportunities, please visit the webpage for CFHI Virtual Global & Public Health Internships and CFHI Virtual Global Health Practica.

Deadline Passed for 2021

More about Thomas Hall: 

Dr. Thomas Hall has had seven "health‑related careers," most of them on the faculty of six universities. One was in clinical medicine, five in public health, and the most recent one, twenty years promoting, facilitating and developing educational resources useful in global health education. Dr. Hall coyly remarks, "of the five public health careers only one has been a success in that we have not yet had a nuclear war."  The added bonus has been to work with many dedicated and highly capable colleagues. His main four jobs can be summarized as working to: contain health care costs in the US; slow the world's population growth rate; slow the HIV epidemic and to introduce a measure of rationality into health workforce planning. Some of these activities overlap substantially, adding up to almost 100 years of effort which, when added to the 26 years leading up to graduation from medical school total perhaps 124 years of age, or at least service!

Through all of Dr. Hall's careers, he has held fast to his commitment to the importance of enhancing the student voice and a passion for mentorship. Dr. Hall was a leader in the Global Health Education Consortium, which merged with the current day Consortium of Universities for Global Health.  Many leaders in global health education attribute their success and guidance to Dr. Hall. 

“Many people in resource-rich areas think they know all they need to know and resist considering or adopting practices used in other countries…but we can learn as much from them as much as they can learn from us." -Dr. Thomas Hall

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Past Recipients:

Elsie Ikpot is a rising second-year osteopathic medical student at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine-Cleveland campus. She is specifically interested in primary care medicine and race-based health care disparities. Elsie graduated from Cornell University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology & Society and double minors in Global Health and Nutrition. Elsie’s interest in global and public health was sparked when she participated in the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad in Ibadan, Nigeria. She is interested in the intersection of osteopathic medicine, public health, and social justice in the Black diasporic community because the historical and systemic disenfranchisement that People of Color experience have major health implications. She will be participating in the Child Health & Social Determinants Program through CFHI in Accra, Ghana this summer. 

Jackie Powell is a fourth-year medical student who plans to pursue OB/GYN residency after graduation. During medical school, Jackie traveled to Nepal to assist a local community with a research project focussing on adolescent behavioral health a part of her enrollment in a global health pathway. She has also been involved in policymaking on the state and national level, from working for Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services to lobbying with the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologist on in Washington DC. She is passionate about the intersection of global health with health policy and is excited to travel to Quito, Ecuador and participate in the Reproductive and Sexual Health as a Human Right program. 
Garrett Wilkinson is a Junior studying Nutritional Sciences and Microbiology for Pre-Medicine at Kansas State University. On campus, Garrett works in a USDA Feed the Future lab, researching the efficacy of micronutrient-fortified food aid blends. Garrett also founded and leads RESULTS K-State, an organization that lobbies the federal government for both domestic and global anti-poverty policies. He also directs and volunteers with the Open World Cause, a student-led, non-profit organization that partners with local educators in Nepal and Kenya to build capacity in elementary schools. He is currently living and studying in Zambia, interning with Safe Motherhood 360+, a project funded by USAID.
Eva Kisakye is a third-year Public Health/Missions focus track pharmacy student at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee graduating in May 2018. She was born and raised in Kampala, Uganda. She moved to the United States in August 2008 to pursue a career in pharmacy. She grew up during a time when HIV/AIDS was a major epidemic in Sub-Saharan Africa and lost loved ones to HIV/AIDS. In October, She will be participating in the Maternal Child Health, HIV, and Realities of Health Access program through Child Family Health International (CFHI) in Kabale, Uganda. Her goal is to become versed in increasing healthcare access in resource-limited settings while addressing healthcare disparities and social determinants.