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Melinda Gates Interviews Barbara Bush About Co-Founding Global Health Corps, Supporting Women In Global Health Leadership Roles

ELLE: Melinda Gates Interviews Barbara Bush on Her No. 1 Priority
Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

“I like to celebrate Women’s History Month not only by remembering women who have changed the world already, but also by celebrating the women who are making history as we speak. That’s why I was thrilled to have the chance to catch up with Barbara Bush, cofounder of Global Health Corps. Not only is Global Health Corps training and mobilizing the next generation of leaders to solve the world’s most pressing global health problems, but its entire senior leadership team is made up of women! I asked Barbara about what inspired her to launch Global Health Corps, the women who have contributed to its success, and her advice for other young women who want to make an impact. … If you could only tackle one issue, what would it be? [Bush:] Access to health care! Not the sexiest issue, but it’s a lifesaver. Many can’t access a doctor during childbirth, or lifesaving medication when sick, or even basic health information, as there are too many barriers standing in the way. Fixing this is complex and it’s the long game, but completely possible…” (3/30).

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