A Commitment to the Health, Education and Research Benefiting the World’s Poor
The Division of Global Health Equity (DGHE) was established at BWH in 2001 under Drs. Paul Farmer, Jim Kim and Howard Hiatt. The Division builds on BWH's mission:
Engaging in rigorous research to safe lives and break cycles of poverty
Training the next generation of global health leaders
Improving care where it is needed most
BWH established this pioneering effort to prevent millions of senseless deaths from treatable, avoidable diseases. In creating DGHE, Brigham and Women’s affirmed the right of all patients – wherever they are – to the best in modern medicine. A cadre of committed faculty and trainees make this work possible.
Launching careers that will change the world, building bridges to autonomy
The spectrum of global health includes clinical care, research, system strengthening, and policy. Early-career physicians in DGHE benefit from the chance to forge their own paths, build on their talents, and follow their dreams. Donor support allows physicians beginning their careers to explore how they can make the greatest impact and launch from training most meaningfully.
For mid-career faculty, donor support provides flexibility and freedom to pursue opportunities in a career in global health, allowing them to anchor themselves in their field, build on strong foundations and grow into independent change-makers in global health research, care, and policy.
Essential training in global health
The Doris and Howard Hiatt Residency in Global Health Equity and Internal Medicine selects visionary BWH medicine interns who are committed to a systems approach to improving health care and health systems globally. Residents enter a comprehensive three-year program that includes training in internal medicine; coursework in research methods, public policy and global health advocacy; and research and patient care experiences in resource limited settings globally. Residents earn Masters' through the Harvard Chan School of Public Health as a critical component of their residency. Established in 2004, more than 40 DGHE Residency alumni are now leaders in health system strengthening globally. Each resident's education is funded exclusively by donor support. Learn more.
Support DGHE Programs
Online: Donate by making a gift online and designating your gift to the Division of Global Health Equity. Please click on the link above and fill out the online donation form. In order for your gift to be received by the Division, you must click "Other" under the statement "Please use my/our gift" and type "Division of Global Health Equity."
By check: Donate by check payable to Brigham and Women's Hospital, with a notation on the check or an enclosed note directing your gift to the Division of Global Health Equity.
Checks may be mailed to: Wendy Lennon Brigham and Women's Hospital 116 Huntington Avenue, 5th floor Boston, MA 02116 617-424-4315 e-mail