THE THINK TANK
Think Tanks are "organizations engaged on a regular basis in research and advocacy on any matter related to public policy. They are the bridges between knowledge and power in modern democracies." UNDP (2003)
The Think Tank is the Gatekeeper for Global Health Foundation Inc. and serves as its Brain Trust, lending it direction and validating its actions.
A key source of information for operations, the Think Tank efficiently and expeditiously synthesizes, analyzes and disseminates information throughout the Foundation. Members clearly communicate complex ideas and recommendations.
The Think Tank Information System, the mechanism by which information is perceived, interpreted and disseminated, is crucial to operational success. This system provides connectivity, augments strategic planning and enhances decision making for all operating elements. It allows the Foundation to remain fully abreast of mission relevant information and research.
While steeped in the scientific method of inquiry, the Think Tank remains innovative and inspiring, creative, never refraining from the presentation of new ideas or discoveries to leadership.
There are fifty (50) Think Tank members, all highly qualified professionals, specialists and sub-specialists selected to represent different professional disciplines, viz. physicians / scientists, educators, economists, businessmen, political and religious leaders, former government officials and others. These individuals are expected to analyze, study, research, teach and write; advise and consult, as well as to serve as Project Directors for GHFI.
Members of the Think Tank work as a team.They understand the reasons for analytical rigor and efficiency; the importance of clearly communicating complex ideas and suggestions; the necessity for avoiding day- to- day political conflicts and the importance of mission relevance.
As a structure, the Think Tank focuses upon the resolution of particular problems and tasks. However, as a process, the Think Tank facilitates an in-depth consideration of issues and challenges- whose relevance extends well beyond individual circumstance, person, program or immediate time frame.
Generally, Think Tank members choose to remain informed by scanning- on a daily basis- major informational sources: selected web-sites and blogs, newspapers, periodicals, magazines etc., including for example, the N.Y.Times, Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. Also, they must review specialty specific information, for example: The New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, Center for Disease Control publications and sites. Significant findings from these and other activities are disseminated via the Think Tank Information System.
In essence, the Think Tank is a top echelon decision-making and educational environment.
Most Think Tank members serve as Project Director(s) for a project within their area of specialty. They conduct on-going educational programs (http://www.ghfi.org), intra- and extra-mural educational video-conferences and contribute to the GHFI Informational News Letter.
Those Think Tank physicians, appointed to serve as medical consultants, will maintain, monitor and support communications with GHFI Medical Teams, when deployed into remote areas. Other Think Tank physicians may choose to serve with GHFI Medical Teams or with GHFI Mobile Medical Units. These service options are entirely voluntary.
Think Tank members maintain open lines of communication with the community-at-large, local governments, civic groups, churches, synagogues, schools and other organizations, including local public health departments and universities. In this capacity, Think Tank members are GHFI's Community Health Ambassadors, assisting in the provision of humanitarian and public health support to the community.
The Think Tank is an educational and humanitarian resource that is prepared to respond to expressed or perceived needs and threats to the community .
Research and educational interests of all members are fully supported by GHFI.
Think Tank Members ( < = 50 members , minimum qualifications)
(#2) MD/PhD Biochemist / Pharmacologist (#2) Attorney (Non-Profit/Tax)
(#1) MD/Psychiatrist (#1) PhD/Education-Curriculum Dev
(#3) MD, MPH/Epidemiologist (#1) PhD/Education-Early Childhood
(#2) MPH or PhD/Biostatistics (#1) PhD/MBA, Pharmacologist
(#2) MD, MPH Family Medicine/OB-Gyn (#3) PhD/MA Physical Educ
(#1) Civil Rights Activist (#1) PhD/MA History
(#1) Forensic & Clinical Pathologist (#1) MD/Military Medicine
(#1) MD/Toxicologist (#1) Specialist Human Relations
(#2) MD/Internist/ Infectious Disease (#1) PhD/Theologian
(#1) RN/Nutritionist (#1) PhD/MA Linguist
(#1) PhD/MA Philosophy (#2) PhD/MPH Environmental Science
(#1) PhD/MS Sociology (#1) PhD/Psychology
(#2) Journalism (#1) Web Site Development Specialist
(#1) Disaster/Anti-terror Expert, Prior Military (#2) Computer Programmer
(#1) PhD/Library Science (#1) MA/Phd Political Scientist
(#1) MA/Phd Anthropologist (#1) MA/Phd Economist
(#1) MA/PhD Administrative Scientist
Trustees for Humanitarian Enterprises & The Better World Awards