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“Spread Truth, Not Disease” Hackathon, 4/17

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Did you know that more than a billion people worldwide are at risk of contracting neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)? These infections can lead to disability (including blindness and elephantiasis), stigma, and even death.

NTDs are preventable and treatable, but oftentimes people are unwilling to accept treatment due to disturbing rumors or misinformation they have heard. The Task Force for Global Health is hosting a virtual hackathon, “Spreading Truth, Not Disease,” on April 17th to solve this global health communication challenge that countries face today.

Interdisciplinary teams of students will compete to win $2,000 and the opportunity to showcase their work in a virtual booth, during the annual meeting of the Coalition for Operational Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases (COR-NTD), a global meeting of researchers, program implementers and their in-country partners with the shared goal of optimizing NTD control and elimination.


How to Participate

  • Click here to read more details about this event
  • Click here to register your team for the Hackathon!


Global Field Experience Financial Award, RSPH

Opportunity Description 

The Global Field Experience Financial Awards (GFEFA) provide supplemental funding to support Rollins student summer field experiences in low- and middle-income countries. MSPH and MPH students from all departments are eligible to submit a proposal for a GFE Financial Award and must be enrolled at Rollins for the semester prior to their field experience to qualify for an award.

To apply, students must develop and submit an application describing a project that is:

  • Well-defined, rational, and feasible
  • Integral to the student’s public health training
  • Of measurable value to the host organization/community, and
  • Based in a clearly articulated, mutually beneficial partnership


Site Eligibility 

Fieldwork may take place in the U.S. in person and/or virtually per CDC COVID-19 Safety Guidelines. Priority consideration will be given to applied public health fieldwork for the benefit of a population(s) in LMICs or priority populations in the U.S. as identified in by the CDC’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity

During COVID: Unless you are a citizen of another country and can do fieldwork in that country, or you have approval from your host organization, are permitted to enter the host nation, and meet parameters from the U.S. State Department to travel, you should consider the modified U.S.-based opportunity above.


How to Apply 


Emory Global Perioperative Health Alliance’s Spring Symposium, 3/6 – 3/7

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With the goal of bringing together current & future leaders in the world of global surgery, we are pleased to announce the inaugural launch of the Emory Global Perioperative Health Alliance’s Spring Symposium.

This event will represent voices from a variety of fields, including but not limited to different surgical specialties, nursing, anesthesia, obstetrics and gynecology, public health, and clinical research. Breakout panels will cover topics such as trauma, maternal health, oncology, care in low resource settings, and careers.

Students of all levels are also invited to submit abstracts for a judged virtual poster session. Categories for submissions include research, education, case-based, and out-of-the-box. Posters or talks previously presented at a national or regional meeting are admissible. For abstract submission, please complete the following interest form. Submission deadline is January 18.  


Event Information

  • When: March 6-7, 2021 from 9 AM to 2 PM EST
  • Theme: Inter-Professional Collaboration in Global Surgery
  • Keynote Speaker: Robert Riviello, MD, MPH – Director of Global Surgery Programs at Brigham and Women’s Center for Surgery and Public Health
  • Format: Virtual
  • Registration Cost: Free


How to Attend 

To register and learn more about the upcoming Spring Symposium, click here


COVID-19 Vaccines are a Global Public Good: Op-ed by Two Emory EPI PhD Students

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Even over winter break, Emory EPI students continue to devote their time and energy to finding unique ways to address the pressing public health concerns of today. First year PhD students Christina Chandra and Aniruddha Deshpande recently co-wrote an opinion piece for the AJC about COVID-19 vaccine distribution, which was published on December 31st, 2020. They argue that COVID-19 vaccines are a global public good and that our representatives can help ensure global access to vaccines, especially in low- and middle-income countries.

You can check out the full article here, be sure to read and share! 


Coalition Support Intern, Task Force for Global Health

Organization Description

The Task Force for Global Health is an independent, 501(c)3, nongovernmental organization based in Atlanta, GA, USA, with a field office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Our programs focus on eliminating diseases and protecting populations. Since our founding, we only take on problems we know can be solved, and we do it through powerful, global collaborations because we are in the business of solving problems. Until now, there has been no established forum to promote promising practices across the many and varied types of health campaigns. To address these gaps, The Task Force for Global Health has launched the Health Campaign Effectiveness Coalition with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Coalition is a cross-campaign coalition that fosters learning and systems change. It brings together country leaders, donors, multilateral organizations and NGOs from several large-scale health campaign domains, as well as specialists in health systems, ethics, and health economics. The Coalition will support research that fosters the testing and replication of evidence-based campaign practices. It will also develop guidelines and approaches so campaigns can improve collaboration with the health systems of countries.


Duties and Responsibilities 

The student will serve as a REAL intern with the Health Campaign Effectiveness program. Student will assist in various coalition-support activities including but not limited to:

  • Support HCE Coalition work group(s) activities, such as communication to work group members, planning and supporting meetings, following up on work group action items, and facilitating coordination
  • Assist in managing website resources to fulfill the coalition’s knowledge management strategy/focus
  • Contribute towards the planning and facilitation of a (virtual) international conference to convene the HCE Coalition
  • Contribute to literature review and synthesis activities

This role for the student will allow them to work hands on with members of the team such as the Communications Manager, Project Manager, Sr Associate Director for the Coalition, Sr Associate Director for Implementation Research, the Director, along with members of a global health coalition.


This position is remote eligible and is open to REAL and non-REAL students. 


How to Apply 

Click here to read more about this position and apply on Handshake! 




Graduate Research Assistant, Center for Global Safe WASH


The Moe Research Group in the The Center for Global Safe Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene is seeking to hire one or two GRAs to support several of our current and future projects  in this summer and coming fall. 

Project Summary: 

The Center for Global Safe Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (CGSW) is seeking Graduate Research Assistants (GRA) with strong data skills to support multiple existing projects:

  1. (SaniPath (, an exposure assessment study for fecal contamination in urban, low-income settings in more than ten cities
  2. Typhoid Environmental Surveillance Study, a sewage surveillance study to monitor Typhoid circulation in the city of Kolkata, India
  3. Exposure Assessment for Cholera in Nairobi, Kenya;

Student Role:  

Under the guidance of CGSW faculty and staff, the GRA will assist with database development, data management and analysis, data visualization, and publications.


Applicants must have good knowledge of public health, statistics, and computer programming.  

Skills: intermediate skill in R is required and knowledge about ODK/mobile data collection, Rmarkdown, and R Shiny are preferred


Please send your CV and an e-mail describing your interest, background, and availability during this summer and Fall 2020 semester to Yuke Wangyuke [dot] wang [at] emory [dot] edu and Suraja Rajsuraja [dot] jeya [dot] raj [at] emory [dot] edu.


COVID-19 and Global Environmental Change Webinar Series, 5/11

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Part 3 of Webinar Series: The Decade After

The COVID pandemic has induced radical societal change in the matter of months, a sense of urgency, and emphasized the need for coordinated international action. How can we leverage this once in a generation inflection point to create the same sense of urgency and levels of coordinated action to address the climate crisis and sustainable development? How do we create the public demand for a more sustainable future to ensure that we do not return to business as usual? What will be the lessons from the COVID pandemic about addressing social and economic inequities?


Gonzalo Franjul, Policy Director, ISGlobal

Seminar Outline

  • Introduction (10 min): Céline Charveriat, Executive Director, Institute for European Environmental Policy
  • How the COVID pandemic can accelerate progress towards SDGs-Eeva Furman, SYKE (15 min)
  • The potential for social movements and collective action Christos Zografos, University Pompeu Fabra (15 min)
  • Could COVID move the dial forward on addressing inequalities? Mauricio Barreto, Maurício L. Barreto, MD, PhD, Emeritus Professor, Federal University of Bahia, and Senior Investigator at FIOCRUZ. Director of the Center for Data and Knowledge Integration for Health (Cidacs), Fiocruz FIO Cruz, Brazil (15 min)
  • Getting the message right – how to build broad support and urgency for change? (15 min) Rafa Villasanjuan, ISGlobal.
  • Moderated discussion (15 min)


  • Click here to register for the third and final event in this webinar series on May 11 at 9am EST (15:00 CEST) 



COVID-19, Global Environmental Change, and Opportunities to Progress Toward SDGs: Webinar Series, 4/28

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This first session from a series of online webinars explores the proximal and distal causes of the pandemic and the complex relation between infections, climate and other global environmental change. How do global environmental changes such as biodiversity loss, climate change, pollution, and urbanization facilitate the occurrence of new epidemics or modulate their public health impact?

Click here to view a pdf with more detailed information regarding the webinar series and the individual, upcoming events! 


  • Introduction to the series. COVID-19 and Planetary Health (Josep M Antó, ISGlobal)
  • The Day After (Oriana Ramírez, ISGlobal)
  • Global environmental pollution and resilience to infections (David Savitz, Brown University, USA)
  • Land use change and biodiversity loss (Fernando Valladares, CSIC)
  • Lessons from SARS, Ebola, Nipah – how our relationship with other animals got us here (Júlia Vergara, IRTA-CRESA)
  • Moderated discussion (15 min). Moderator: Cathryn Tonne

This is the first of a series of online webinars featuring presentations from area experts and moderated discussion to foster knowledge exchange across a broad audience. It is offered by ISGlobal and the Day After (el Día Después in Spanish) platform, and is oriented to a general scientific audience. It will be in English.


  • Click here to register for the first event in the webinar series on April 28th at 9am EST (15:00 CEST)

EGHI/GT COVID-19 Hackathon, 5/8-5/16

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The Emory Global Health Institute is hosting a virtual hackathon focused on developing solutions for specific COVID-19 problems in May. The virtual hackathon is a partnership with the Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech & Emory, Georgia Tech’s CREATE X Startup Launch accelerator program, and the Emory University School of Medicine

 The virtual hackathon will take place May 8-16. Teams comprised of Emory University and Georgia Tech students will attempt to hack problems around COVID-19 screening, prevention, treatment, monitoring, and recovery efforts. The winning teams will each receive $10,000, the opportunity to take their solution to market through Georgia Tech’s CREATE-X, and other potential investment opportunities. All Emory students, including 2020 graduates, are eligible to participate.

Registration Information

GSK Fellowship, Task Force for Global Health

Job Description

The Task Force for Global Health is offering a fellowship opportunity to a graduate student from June – August 2020.
Fellows will have an opportunity to:

  • Work as part of an ongoing Task Force program/department
  • Become exposed to a pressing global health issue
  • Become familiar with working with coalitions and collaborative concepts
  • Work with a supervisor who is interested in mentoring

Program Background

Hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C (HCV) virus cause 1.3 million deaths per year and over two million new infections occur annually. Because hepatitis B vaccination, curative therapy for hepatitis C and other interventions can effectively prevent viral hepatitis transmission and mortality, the 2016 World Health Assembly endorsed goals for hepatitis elimination and preventing 7 million deaths by 2030. However, to eliminate hepatitis, access to effective interventions must improve. In 2019, to help countries build effective programs and accelerate progress toward hepatitis elimination, The Task Force for Global Health launched the Coalition for Global Hepatitis Elimination (CGHE). CGHE,, builds capacity for hepatitis elimination globally through delivery of technical assistance, knowledge generation and dissemination, and advocacy among partners united in a community of practice.


CGHE is looking for a Fellow to support data analysis, operational research and technical assistance activities of the Coalition. CGHE works closely with the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington to analyze and disseminate hepatitis burden of disease data. Coalition operational research projects look to answer gaps in the evidence about effective models for delivering hepatitis prevention, testing, and treatment interventions to affected populations. Currently, CGHE is conducting a review of national hepatitis action plans and coordinating an operational research study on retreatment options for persons living with HCV who fail first line treatment. CGHE is looking to launch additional operational research studies on simplified HBV treatment models of care in low-resource settings and HCV testing and treatment of people who inject drugs (PWID). Coalition technical assistance projects respond to the needs of national and sub-national hepatitis elimination programs in planning, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation. CGHE technical assistance priorities are currently in supporting national programs in developing improved testing algorithms and strategies and assessing laboratory capacity for testing scale-up to reach elimination goals.

Activities and Opportunities

Under the supervision of the Director of CGHE, Dr. John Ward, and the Assistant Director of CGHE Ms. Lindsey Hiebert, the Fellow will support the advancement of the initiatives described above. Specific activities and roles for the Fellow will include:

  • Lead analyses of hepatitis burden of disease data from the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of systematic reviews on topics such as hepatitis C testing among PWID
  • Develop evidence summaries and toolkits for elimination programs, i.e. national plan template
  • Assist in implementation of technical assistance projects on hepatitis testing with Ministries of Health and community-based organizations
  • Conduct data collection and analysis for operational research projects on hepatitis prevention, testing, and treatment
  • Write blog posts, scientific manuscripts, or reports, as appropriate, to summarize outcomes and findings from activities
  • Draft social media and news content on Coalition project outcomes and results

The fellowship will provide a stipend of up to $2,500 paid bi-weekly at $14.25 per hour. The total hours worked will not exceed 230.

Application Requirements

Fellowship applicants should meet the following qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled as a graduate student in public health, international development, or health sciences
  • Completion of first year of graduate studies in high academic standing
  • Coursework in public health, global health, or health sciences
  • Outstanding oral and written communication, excellent facilitation, and presentation skills
  • Experience in data analysis (Excel, Stata, R, SPSS or SAS)
  • Global health field experience

How to Apply

  • A cover letter stating the applicant’s area of interest in public health that includes an overview or summary of related projects, experiences, or publications produced by the applicant (maximum one page)
  • Resume
  • Letter(s) of Recommendation from instructors or supervisors in related positions that details the performance of the individual
  • Completed application packages should be emailed to Ms. Hiebert (lhiebert [at] taskforce [dot] org) or hand delivered to the Task Force for Global Health office, or received via mail by the deadline: May 8, 2020.

Refer to the posting on Handshake to see more details about the position. 

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