The North African Community Health Initiative (NACHI) will provide community health care professionals from Morocco a new set of tools, resources, and knowledge to enhance rural health care services in their respective communities. NACHI affords 12 promising professionals from Morocco the opportunity to gain practical experience in, and exposure to, the U.S. health care system and how it strives to serve citizens living in rural areas who have limited access to medical care. The knowledge and interest of these participating young professionals will be expanded through short-term fellowships in Roanoke, Virginia.
North African Community Health Initiative (NACHI) offers 24 promising professionals from Morocco & Egypt the opportunity to gain practical experience in, and exposure to, the U.S. health care system and how it strives to serve citizens living in rural areas who have limited access to medical care.
(Please note: this is not a medical training program.)
To be eligible you must be:
1. Citizen and resident of Morocco or Egypt
2. Age: 25-40 years of age.
3. Education: Have a university degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree
4. English: a command of oral and written English at a proficiency to function fully and professionally in an English-speaking work environment. (If you have previously taken a paper TOFEL exam, the score should be 450 or higher.)
5. Experience: current employment and a minimum of 3 years professional experience in a relevant health care field. (See criteria #9 below for further details)
6. Available for Interview: candidates must be available for an in-person interview in either Rabat or Cairo in January, 2011.
7. Return home after program: able to meet the two year post-program home country residency requirement mandated for those participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs.
8. Employer agreement: candidate demonstrates his or her availability for a month-long U.S. program by providing a letter of reference from his or her current employer
Demonstrated leadership experience or leadership potential as evidenced by:
9. Commitment to a career in the health sector, particularly maternal/child health care and/or rural health care delivery systems. Applicants may be:
public health or other health ministry officials
representatives from non government organizations (NGO), Community Development Associations (CDA), Private Voluntary Organizations (PVO) or charity groups
hospital or outpatient/ambulatory care clinic administrators
community leaders with proven dedication to health care reform
community outreach workers
health education professionals
media specialists who focus on health issues
10. Demonstrates good interpersonal & communication skills
11. Currently established with at least one of the following:
affiliation with a health care institution of any size where new initiatives could be piloted, and/or
ability to convene 25 or more colleagues for post-U.S. trip briefings, presentations, and project work, and/or
able to commitment of one’s self or one’s institution to collaborate in hosting a small group of U.S. health care professionals for one week following the U.S. portion of the program.
12. Committed to applying what is learned in the U.S. based program by designing and implementing a follow-on project in one’s home country upon his or her return.
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Inquiries should be sent to: Abdellatif Harraida at nachi-Moroccoemail@example.com