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Capitol Health Call
June 8, 2005

Global Health Corps

JAMA. 2005;293(22):2709. doi:10.1001/jama.293.22.2709-d

With a comparison to the Peace Corps, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, MD, (R, Tenn), introduced legislation on April 19, calling on the creation of a “global health corps” (S 850: http://thomas.loc.gov).

The bill would establish an Office of the Global Health Corps within the Department of Health and Human Services. Its purpose would be to “assist in improving the health, welfare, and development of communities abroad,” according to a statement from Frist’s office. The office would oversee the provision of US health care personnel from the federal government, private organizations, and individuals who volunteer to offer assistance in other countries. It would work with international and regional organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and foreign governments.

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