Expanding Healthcare Access 


Expanding access to healthcare for the underserved by leveraging Medtronic employee passion and expertise.

GIF: Capacity Building

GIF: Partnering to build healthy communities

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Global Innovation Fellows partners top talent with non-governmental organizations and social enterprises to address healthcare for the world’s most underserved populations. Through immersive experiential learning and skilled service, we will advance our understanding of underserved populations and concepts of frugal innovation and design thinking, while providing employees with a unique opportunity to impact global health.

Global Innovation Fellows is a program of Mission in Motion and is funded by the Medtronic Foundation.

Program Benefits

Global Innovation Fellows benefit society, business and participants

The Global Innovation Fellowship Program:

Creates Social Impact

  • Addresses global health challenges
  • Contributes to solving complex issues NGOs face
  • Shares the powerful resources and expertise that make the private sector successful

Aligns with Business

  • Accelerates globalization by enhancing a global mindset and providing insight into the complex world of the underserved
  • Fosters new approaches to innovation
  • Entrenches corporate social responsibility

Inspires Employees

  • Provides employees with a challenging, life-changing experience
  • Connects employees to the philanthropic work of Medtronic
  • Provides a new environment for developing and learning
  • Recognizes employees and their ability to contribute in extraordinary ways

Case Study

Global Innovation Fellows Vietnam

Global Innovation Fellows Vietnam

Project Overview

A recent project involved a partnership with Project Hope, a non-government organization (NGO) that delivers essential medicines and supplies, health expertise and medical training to prevent disease, promote wellness and save lives around the globe. Together, Project HOPE and five Global Innovation Fellows conducted a healthcare assessment in the Quang Tri Province of Vietnam.


Case Study

Global Innovation Fellows South Africa

Global Innovation Fellows South Africa

Project Overview

In the spring of 2014, five Global Innovation Fellows partnered with the staff of Diabetes South Africa (DSA) in Durban and Pietermaritzburg to ideate ways to expand and scale existing diabetes awareness and education programs beyond the urban centers into underserved populations and regions. During the three week immersion trip, the team used different methodology including ethnography, design thinking and business model innovation to generate solutions for DSA. The partnership culminated in several recommendations.