Diplomacy That Heals

Washington Post

Jan 22 2009

When George W. Bush was running for the presidency, he said he aspired to be an education president. He followed through in his first year by pressing Congress to pass the bipartisan No Child Left Behind Act. He found an effective partner in Margaret Spellings, who served first as the White House staff person in charge of drafting the legislation and then as secretary of education.

ONE Applauds President Obama for Commitment to World's Poorest People

New President's plans stand up for human dignity by elevating the fight against poverty, disease

Jan 20 2009

ONE Applauds President Obama for Commitment to World's Poorest People

New President's plans stand up for human dignity by elevating the fight against poverty, disease

 

Washington, D.C. - ONE applauded President Barack Obama for reaffirming America's commitment to the world's poorest and most vulnerable people in his historic Inaugural Address this afternoon. 

Senator Bill Frist, the Republican former U.S. Senate Majority Leader who co-chaired ONE's nonpartisan presidential outreach initiative, ONE Vote ‘08, made the following statement in reaction to the Obama inaugural:

 "With hundreds of millions of eyes watching him, President Obama made clear that he will help to lead the world to finally end extreme poverty and entirely preventable diseases, that we will use the best of America to help people struggling to survive the world's worst conditions.  These are not just words in a speech; this is a commitment from America to the world.  We are all in this together, and ONE members are ready to work to turn the Millennium Development Goals into the Millennium Generation's greatest accomplishment.  It's time that we open our eyes fully to the human catastrophes facing our world and lead the way to the solutions." 

More than 101,000 people signed ONE's online petition calling on Mr. Obama to make clear in his speech the importance of fighting poverty and preventable disease worldwide. 

During the campaign, Obama committed to doubling foreign assistance and to prioritize the provision of basic medicine, food and education in areas where people are living on less than $1 per day.  His commitments on HIV/AIDS, hunger, and child and maternal health, basic sanitation, and primary education can be viewed at www.ONE.org

ONE is a global advocacy and campaigning organization backed by more than 2 million people from around the world dedicated to fighting extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa.  For more information, please visit ONE.org.

 

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We had a fantastic event today at the house pulling together folks from all corners of the Music Industry here in Nashville: Music City, USA. We had some artists from Country Music and some from CCM, and lots of energy to move forward to change the world. Hope through Healing Hands motto is "using health as a currency for peace." It's a slogan I think we all can get behind: a better, safer world for us all.

I was excited to meet many of the artists and managers, many of whom have been activists for HIV/AIDS and extreme poverty for years. This was Hope through Healing Hands first outreach event in Nashville as we begin pulling together the best of the Music community and the best of the Health community with a hope for synergy on behalf of the "bottom billion" - the 1 billion people on the planet who still live on less than a dollar a day. We want Nashville to be a center for excellence in global health.

Thanks to everyone who came, and if you'd like to learn more about how you can get involved with Hope through Healing Hands---if you're an artist, manager, publicist, agent, or just someone who cares about global health issues!--- Call us 615 818 5579 or write us at jenny@hopethroughhealinghands.org.

Go to www.hopethroughhealinghands.org for more information on how to Take Action today.

We look forward to hearing your voice; your voice can change the world.

Best,

Bill Frist

Bush's Passions Laid Foundations

The Tennessean

Jan 17 2009

President George Bush has passions. You never saw it in his speeches. But I did, up close. And out of those passions — the ones I saw as majority leader working with him — will come his greatest legacy.

Knit One, Save One

Williamson Herald

Jan 15 2009

Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist M.D. visited a women's group at Grace Chapel Saturday morning to say thank you for about 1,000 caps for newborn babies.

 

 

Save the Children needs YOU!!

 

Save the Children posted a concept on the Change.org web site based on S25 called "Save the Lives of Children ~ Improve Global Child Health" and the idea qualified for the final round.  Today a new round of voting begins, and goes through January 15th.  If we're one of the top ideas, we'll be invited to a reception with the Case Foundation and Change.org will support a grassroots advocacy campaign around the idea.  

 

The main thing we need between now and the 15th are additional votes to make sure our idea is one of the top 10.  So, follow the link below and vote for our concept.  Also, rally all of your friends, family, and colleagues to also vote for our concept.  Email this link and lets make change for children a reality!!!

 

To vote, click on the following link:

www.change.org/ideas/view/save_the_lives_of_children_improve_global_child_health

 

If you have any additional questions, please contact Angela Smith (RD,) Christen Grasso (S25,) or Ryan Quinn (PPA.)

 

 

 

Contact: Joe Smith

(423) 439-4317

January 13, 2009

 

Niswonger Foundation contributes $20K to ETSU College of Public Health

JOHNSON CITY - To provide international public health training opportunities for students, the Niswonger Foundation is contributing $20,000 to East Tennessee State University's College of Public Health.  This funding will support the new Frist Global Health Scholars Program.

Established by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, the program will allow the College of Public Health to offer international field placement experiences.  Funding from the Niswonger Foundation will be used to support three ETSU students who will live, work, and learn in a developing country as part of their educational training.

"The Niswonger Foundation's generosity is a major boost for public health education," said Dr. Randy Wykoff, ETSU Dean of Public Health.  "There is a dire need for more public health leaders, and graduates who have an international perspective will have a more comprehensive understanding of their profession.  Our students' knowledge of public health and community-based programs here in the United States can be of tremendous value in developing countries.

"We are grateful to Senator Frist and the Niswonger Foundation for providing this exciting and innovative learning opportunity for our students."

Wykoff said ETSU students participating in the program will receive on-site mentoring from qualified health professionals working in those communities and will oversee public health intervention programs addressing concerns such as clean water and sanitation, insect/disease control, maternal education, child survival, or environmental remediation.  All ETSU undergraduate and graduate public health students are required to complete a field internship. 

Speaking of the Foundation's contribution to this program, Mr.Scott M. Niswonger stated:  "A major goal of the Niswonger Foundation is to prepare our region's future leaders to face changes and challenges. Health care is a major concern for our region and beyond. The Frist Global Health Scholars Program along with the efforts of the ETSU College of Public Health will provide these future public health professionals the opportunity to gain an exceptional understanding of their field of study by providing them the chance to address health issues on an international scale. We are proud to be part of this extraordinary educational endeavor." 

The Greeneville, Tennessee based Niswonger Foundation is the brainchild of businessman and philanthropist Scott M. Niswonger, who remains the Foundation's sole benefactor.  The mission of the Foundation is: "To create opportunities for individual and community growth through education."  Further information regarding this Foundation can be found at www.niswongerfoundation.org.

 

 

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Saturday, January 10, 2008

We had a fantastic event on Saturday morning with the women of Grace Chapel Church here in Leipers Fork, TN. What an amazing bunch of women!

A few months ago, my good friend Reese Smith introduced the Knit One, Save One Campaign, a national grassroots effort launched by the global humanitarian organization Save the Children and the Warm Up America Foundation, to his wife, Emily, an avid knitter and member of the "Knitting with Grace" club at the church. The initiative aims to draw attention to the 4 million newborns that die each year in the first month of life in the developing world.  Participants are asked to make a baby cap, and are also encouraged to write a personal note to President-elect Barack Obama urging him to lead the way to save millions of babies globally.

Emily Smith, Beth Ann Bright, Mary Bit Mahaffey and a number of other women in the group committed to 100 caps. And, like the story of the loaves and the fishes, they just multiplied exponentially! Saturday, the "Knitting with Grace" club presented me with over 500 knitted caps and over 500 caps made by machine. Over 1000 caps!

These little caps will each be shipped, along with thousands from all 50 states to pregnant women and new moms and their babies in Save the Children's programs in Africa and Asia. Hypothermia is a contributing cause of death for newborns, especially small babies unable to maintain their body temperature. To keep infants safe and warm, these little caps will be given for them to wear along with helpful advice to moms about hygiene and breastfeeding. These little caps will be a key component of a life saving package.

It was so exciting to see the amazing work these women had done. Thank you Grace Chapel Church for your initiative, advocacy, awareness-raising, and hard work for the least of these.

To read more about the campaign, and see how many caps Americans have made, go here:  www.savethechildren.org/knitonesaveone.  The deadline for the project has been extended to January 31st. Let us know if you would like to be involved!

Best,

Bill Frist

AS Barack Obama works to reinvigorate America's standing in the world, foreign aid will be one of his most precise tools of statecraft. Ever since the Marshall Plan helped rebuild Europe after World War II, aid has been instrumental in winning hearts and minds and catalyzing global economic growth that has contributed to America's prosperity.

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