The founder of FOHSEN, Saloum Cisse, studied at the Morehouse School of Medicine and was a family practitioner in Atlanta, Georgia. Having had the privilege to formally study medicine in the US, Dr. Cisse yearned to give back to his local community, so he began providing them yearly free consultations during his annual family reunion.
With the support of local leaders, these consultations evolved into an annual health fair that began attracting nearby community members. Doctors from all over the country joined the fair to provide consultations and referrals.
In order to increase the impact of Dr. Cisse’s work, students at the Joseph R. Biden School of Public Policy and Administration pitched a non-profit model for an organization that would implement community health workers to support maternal and child health, wherefrom FOHSEN was created.