Center for Global Initiatives

Rating: 4.93 stars   56 reviews

Issues: Health, Cancer

Location: Kildeer IL 60047 USA

Mission: CGI serves as an incubator for new initiatives that creatively solve healthcare inequities around the world.We act as a collaborator with individuals and organizations in developing and launching projects that address the needs of medically impoverished populations.We function as a facilitator in directing public and private resources towards programs aimed at improving health globally.
Programs: MENTOR: Methods, Experiences, Networking & Training, Organizing & Research "Where do you want to go? What do you want to do? We can make it happen." We are proud to announce a very special and unique new program that provides individualized mentorship for people wanting to learn how to conduct their own project(s). We help you to gain funding, and we provide skills training, contacts and tools to actualize your plans. In some instances, undergraduate and graduate credits can also be provide PROJECT NINOS: Bolivia The Center for Global Initiatives collaborated with the Flying Doctors of America in a pioneering and critical project. We were the first non-Bolivian group to be granted access to three Bolivian prisons. Hundreds of children live with their parent(s) in these prisons. We provided care with a focus on general medicine, pediatrics, and gynecology. The Center will embark on a journey to help these non-criminal, yet imprisoned children through a unique and pioneering effort. Basically, we plan (pending funding) to develop and deploy educational and social skills training for educators (there are schools in the prisons!) and guards, as well as parenting skills training and resilience development instruction THRIVE: Tanzania The kindergarten we helped to found in 2005 is expanding its scope via THRIVE. We are using education as a basis for developing resilience of the orphans as well as those providing healthcare in the neighboring clinic/hospital. We will be developing programs for local nursing students and orphan children in collaboration with local doctors, nurses, and staff. We will have a particular focus on counseling to people with HIV infection and AIDS. The ages of children are between 3 to 12 years. The name of the hospital is Huruma Designated Hospital and is in Kilimanjaro Region in Rombo District. The primary illnesses of patients in our hospital are Malaria, T.B, Pneumonia, Immunosupression, Diabetes, and Hypertension. SMART: Cambodia Proof of concept. We are developing a project that will bring training and potentially telehealth services to rural areas that is delivered by indigenous village women. Public heath, primary care, first aid, and emergency services are all but absent in rural areas of Cambodia. “Itinerant” medical ex-pats may be the currently best available healthcare resource in such areas. This project seeks to empower indigenous women by providing training in basic public health practices and emergency medical care/first aid so they may be of aid to those in their for their villages. They would be supported by a training program that will enable them to provide sufficient help until the patient can be taken to the nearest medical facility or a traveling physician can come to the village. It will be unique, as it will not require literacy to operate MEDICAL INTERVENTION: Benin Contacts and relationships have been developed with colleagues in Benin that crosscuts various areas: health and illness, poverty and sustainability, environmental concerns, traditional and medical sciences/health treatment and education. We plan to develop a scientific and economic mechanism of researching the medicinal properties of specific plant materials used by our Benin partners (university scientists and traditional healers) to further develop medicines and use the resultant knowledge in order to refine the compounds to have fewer side-effects and improved dosing characteristics, and to develop that intellectual property into concomitant economic value that will provide for economic sustainability, self-sufficiency, and independence for on-going research.
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CGI has provide the support and push that I and my program has needed to continue to take the step towards achieving our mission. My program is focused on sending rehab clinicians around the world to underserved areas to provide services to those without. Through guidance, and space on their website for fundraising support, as well as tools and resources to maximize success on the ground...any gains that we have made would not be what it was without CGI. I am grateful that they are around.

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2014

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CGI and Dr. Chris Stout at the helm has been more than inspirational and effective in doing what they(he does). As the head of another mission works initiative, for me he has been informative and supportive and has even provided a mechanism for me to garner support through his website and organization to promote service in the form of physical therapy abroad. This world is a better place because of CGI. I believe their works to be very deserving of notice and I hopes this brings more awareness to their initiatives.

Efosa Guobadia, PT, DPT

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It has been a pleasure to observe the work that Dr. Chris Stout and CGI have done. They are literally having a strong impact on lives at home and abroad. It motivates me to want to do more. Keep it up CGI.

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The Center for Global Initiative is a comprehensive agency of worldwide impact. The CGI supports projects that address human suffering in all parts of the world through educations, assistance with locating resources and inspiration from mentors and leaders affliated with the program. At the core of caring professionals willing and able to help others with their projects is Dr. Chris Stout, a global leader. This is the first and main resource for the caring professional seeking to make a meaningful impact in the world ---the extent of services, resources and inspiration is vast and rich.

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The CGI serves as a voice to what is and what more could be happening to help serve Global Health needs. They efficiently mobilize plans of care, fund raise and effectively implement & followup on programming. They active in causes and maintain the work they start while generating new needed programs. This is the best of the best programming in this area---very proud of my affliation to CGI.

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Fantastic charitable organization. Director Chris Stout is an extremely accomplished humanitarian.

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A lot

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Quite well

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I believe the Center for Global initiatives provides critical insights toward ending major global Healtg issues.

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The Center for Global Initiatives does fantastic work and uses the highly skilled friends of Chris Stout's to expand the reach of the Center. I highly recommend supporting his work!

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Life-changing

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2012

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Solid organization. Creative approach. Broad reach. Spot on commitment where it is needed. I have known Dr Stout for over 30 years and this is his work and his life. Do not miss an opportunity to get involved where it will made a difference. My hat is off to you Chris.

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Life-changing

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2007

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My time spent with the Center for Global Initiatives exceeded my expectations as a graduate student in professional psychology. Dr. Chris Stout is a visionary. His dedication and compassion to alleviating global suffering inspires others to expand their work beyond the consulting room and to go into the streets. CGI has personally inspired me to continue my studies in liberation and depth psychology and to take a serious academic look at ecopsychology. This opened up a path to go and visit Chernobyl and soulfully listen to the narratives of the elderly who have returned to their homes there.

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Life-changing

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Quite well

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Definitely

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2008

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I worked closely with Dr. Chris Stout at CGI as an intern. My experience was fulfilling and inspiring. Dr. Stout's model at CGI includes taking on small-scale projects for the betterment of the local populations, and applying each volunteer's strengths for the betterment of the projects; I was able to apply my skills and grow as a young professional while working with him. The organization is run to maximize on-the-ground impact, and all people working for the org do so on a 100% volunteer basis. The biggest barrier to CGI's success is lack of funding. Like many non-profits, CGI struggles for funding (an issue I worked on during my internship): with greater funds, comes the ability to implement more projects.

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The small-project approach to the public health model works. CGI has a great vibe amongst its volunteers, and it is because the projects CGI embarks on are truly making real differences in peoples' lives across the globe. To me, it is an exciting way to change the world.

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I would increase organizational structure, which I believe is only possible with more stable funding. This would allow for more coordinated volunteerism and communications, and ultimately, more project work being implemented.

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Life-changing

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CGI and its volunteers are doing good things around the globe - wonderful inspiration for others.

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CGI helps those who want to help by providing the tools and resources they need to make a difference in their communities.

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Life-changing

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Chris Stout's dedication and leadership have allowed the Center for Global Initiatives to achieve great things in spite of its small size.

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CGI focuses on developing self sustaining solutions for a variety of health issues facing mostly poor communities around the globe. Chris Stout, CGI's founder is tireless in his dedication helping improve healthcare in places like Benin.

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Chris sends regular communications about how our efforts make a difference.

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Love for this org to have more resources. That is the only thing in the way of making an even bigger impact.

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A lot

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Very Well

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Definitely

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Awesome - I felt I was making a difference

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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