Category Archives: GLEPI

Inside APE: Christina Chandra & TREAT Asia/amfAR

Category : #IamEmoryEPI , GLEPI

For our inaugural Inside APE segment, we sat down with Christina Chandra, rising 2nd year GLEPI MPH student to talk about her work this summer with TREAT Asia/amfAR in Bangkok, Thailand.

Tell us about your APE project.

My project is called “Assessing Barriers and Facilitators to Integrating Mental Health Services and Related Guidelines into HIV Clinical Care among HIV Providers in Bangkok, Thailand” and I am working with TREAT Asia/amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research in – you guessed it – Bangkok, Thailand.

The study aims are:

  1. Understand how mental health services are or are not integrated into HIV care settings
  2. Assess the facilitators and barriers to the integration of mental health services in HIV care settings in Bangkok

As the principal investigator, I am responsible for everything from study design, IRB compliance, data collection, and data analysis. My co-investigators and colleagues at TREAT Asia provide guidance on all aspects of the study, translate study tools, support with participant recruitment, and more.

How did you find your APE project?

One of my former colleagues at amfAR connected me with my current field advisor, Dr. Annette Sohn, at TREAT Asia. After a few Skype discussions with the TREAT Asia/amfAR team and brainstorming sessions with my faculty mentor, Dr. Kristin Wall, we conceptualized this project.

What has the experience been like so far?

Data collection has not started, but I have already gained some insights from a few key informant interviews. For example, clinic staff seem to like simple, questionnaire screening tools for depression and anxiety, but when routine screening leads to the detection of more potential cases, it can burden referral systems to psychiatric care. Therefore, making diagnosis and treatment of common mental health conditions available in HIV clinics may be preferable but more difficult to implement than screening.

My APE has been an incredible learning experience so far, and I have also had the opportunity to meet with other public health professionals to learn about their HIV-related research in Bangkok.


Christina Chandra is a rising 2nd year GLEPI MPH student. Her research interests at Rollins include HIV and co-infections, aging, and mental health. The featured image includes (from left to right) Dr. Annette Sohn (VP, amfAR; Director, TREAT Asia), Christina Chandra, Tor Petersen (Project Manager), and Dr. Jeremy Ross (Director of Research).


Research Associate, Malaria Analytics, Surveillance, and Technology

Category : Alumni , GLEPI

Overview
The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org

CHAI’s global malaria program provides direct technical and operational support to countries around the globe to strengthen their malaria programs and reduce the burden of this preventable, treatable disease. We support governments to scale up effective interventions for prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and surveillance, with the goals of sustainably reducing the number of malaria-related illnesses and deaths worldwide in the short-term and accelerating progress towards malaria elimination in the long term.

In parts of West Africa, CHAI provides technical and managerial assistance to national malaria programs in order to accelerate policy changes, ensure sufficient supply commodities, generate demand among health providers and patients and ensure adequate monitoring and troubleshooting mechanisms are in place to track progress. In addition, CHAI is also supporting national malaria programs to identify the bottlenecks and potential solutions in surveillance systems, specifically to improve the collection, reporting, analysis and use of data for programmatic decision-making. Benin and Burkina Faso are the newest additions to CHAI’s portfolio in the region, where initial efforts will be focused on conducting country-specific surveillance landscaping assessments. Similar assessments are expected to be conducted in two additional countries and therefore a total of four countries across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Overview of Role:

CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual with strong public health experience and analytical skills to support the expanded surveillance and analytics scope of work across West Africa, with an initial focus on Benin and Burkina Faso. The project will initially focus on the design and implementation of a landscaping assessment to identify of critical technical, operational and financial bottlenecks in surveillance (data collection, reporting, analysis and feedback) at all levels of the health system (health facility up to national) in 2-4 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, and provide prioritized recommendations to address these gaps. Specific activities will include: desktop review of relevant policy, scientific and grey literature, qualitative assessments of surveillance system performance through interviews with key stakeholders at national and local level, as well as other relevant partners, designing and implementing health facility survey to quantify the performance of surveillance system, and epidemiological analysis of malaria surveillance, case management, entomological and intervention data and key malaria indicators.

The individual will report to the Technical advisor for East, Central, West Africa and work with team members across CHAI’s Global, Regional and Country Malaria Teams and will therefore need to possess strong communication and organizational skills. It is expected that the Research Associate will need to collaborate with government programs, academics and public health agencies to ensure CHAI’s work is complementary and not duplicative other ongoing efforts. CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities including resourcefulness, tenacity, independence, patience, humility, and strong work ethic.

This position will be ideally based in Abuja, Nigeria; or other countries within West Africa based on country leadership approvals.

Responsibilities
Implement analytical projects related to malaria epidemiology, intervention and surveillance, as required;
Design and facilitate surveillance assessments and related projects: identifying knowledge gaps, defining research questions, protocol development, survey and sampling design, seeking IRB, formulating training material, training and monitoring survey data collectors, data management, analysis, and dissemination;
Organize and merge available data, assessing its quality and suitability for analysis, data management and conduct statistical analyses;
Appropriately and concisely visualize data in the form of charts and maps;
Provide technical supervision, training and ad-hoc programmatic support to staff members involved in epidemiological activities such monitoring and evaluation of existing activities, study implementation and all data cleaning, management and analysis tasks;
Develop and maintain strong working relationships with key stakeholders across government, non-governmental organizations, and academic institutions, with support from program managers;
Synthesize results, translate them to national and sub-national government partners to support evidence-based decision making, and disseminate findings through high-quality presentations, reports, and publications internally and externally at international venues;
Any other tasks identified.

For more information and to apply, click HERE.


2019 Global Health Conference, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Category : GLEPI , News/Events

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Global Health Center is accepting abstracts for presentation at our conference, Global Health in Our Own Backyard: Controversies, Initiatives, and Innovations for Our Local Underserved Populations, to be held Oct. 4 – 5, 2019.

Abstracts may be related to any aspect of global child health. This year we are particularly interested in abstracts that highlight serving the underserved in the United States, but we also look forward to showcasing cutting-edge global child health work happening in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). Abstracts in the categories of original research, program evaluation/public health, quality improvement, clinical care, and personal narratives will be considered.

Please note, personal narratives must include background, summary of experience and key takeaways from your experience of either providing or receiving care in an underserved setting/situation.

Submitted abstracts should address one or more of the following themes:

  • Programs: Developing sustainable programs that prioritize public health and equitable care
  • Lessons: Thinking critically about how to apply both South-North and national lessons to provide better, more equitable care in the United States
  • Advocacy: Increasing awareness of existing disparities in the U.S. and ways to advocate for underrepresented patients
  • Global child health in a LMIC
  • Other topics of interest to the pediatric global health community

Abstract selection process

Abstracts will be selected for presentation based on quality, merit, and relevance to the conference themes. Projects may be in various stages of development. Abstracts will be accepted for either oral electronic poster (e-poster) or oral poster-walk presentation, and acceptance will be determined by an Abstract Review Committee following blinded peer review.

Abstracts will be reviewed for submission based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance of topic
  • Originality
  • Pediatric global health merit and importance
  • Quality of research design and data analysis
  • Quality of conclusions
  • Clarity of writing

Poster Presentation Format

Every accepted abstract will be asked to give an oral poster presentation, either in an e-poster session or in a poster-walk session. Each poster will be assigned to a group by theme. A moderator will be assigned to each group and will coordinate the order of presentations and questions. Regardless of whether a poster is in printed or e-form, presenters will each give a five-minute overview of their work and will have time to take one or two questions. Instructions for the preparation of posters (including format and size) will be provided to the contact author with the presentation acceptance notification in July 2019.

General Abstract Submission Policies

  • Electronic submission deadline is Friday, June 14, 2019, 11:59 p.m. EST.
  • Submit an abstract here.
  • To submit an abstract, you must create an account on CHOP’s CME website.
  • Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words.
  • There is no limit to the number of abstracts submitted by each author, but the submission of multiple, similar abstracts from the same investigator is discouraged. Each abstract submitted should be for a distinct project.
  • Abstracts submitted or presented at other meetings may be submitted for consideration.
  • The submitting author verifies upon submission that all authors have agreed to the submission of the abstract and that all information contained in the submission is true.
  • Abstract submissions are open to students, researchers, clinicians, and public and global health practitioners.
  • Paid registration is REQUIRED to attend the conference and present a poster. Submission of an abstract DOES NOT AUTOMATICALLY REGISTER you for the conference.

Notification of Acceptance

Notification of abstract acceptance will be emailed to the contact author listed on the abstract after July 22, 2019. If you have not received notification by July 29, 2019, please contact the CHOP Global Health Center at globalhealthcenter [at] email [dot] chop [dot] edu for assistance.


Stanley O. Foster Lecture: Pathways in Global Health, 4/2

Category : GLEPI , News/Events

The Stanley O. Foster Lecture: Pathways in Global Health lecture presented by Dr. David Heymann with a reception to follow. Please RSVP to omer [dot] admin [at] emory [dot] edu.


Data Analyst/ Research Fellow, apply by 3/29

Category : Alumni , GLEPI

Duties and Responsibilities
We are looking to appoint a motivated researcher with strong quantitative analysis skills to join the next phase of the Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change. The appointee will join the Executive of the Lancet Countdown, an independent, international and multi-disciplinary research collaboration based out of the Institute for Global Health, University College London. The collaboration brings together 27 academic and UN Institutions from every continent, tracking the world’s response to climate change and the health implications of action and inaction.

Following a successful first phase from 2016 to 2018, the collaboration is about to commence a new and expanding second phase, from 2019 to 2023, in the first instance.

The successful candidate will join the Lancet Countdown in central London, working with the collaboration’s co-chairs: Professor Anthony Costello, Peng Gong, Hugh Montgomery and its Executive Director, Dr Nick Watts.

The post-holder will be responsible for providing analytical support to the collaboration’s key academic outputs (including its annual indicator report and national case studies); working with its academic experts to develop and implement a long-term programme of improving the data and methods available for these outputs; and conducting novel analysis on the links between health and climate change to further support the Lancet Countdown’s communications outreach and policy engagement work.

The post is available immediately to 31 July 2023, in the first instance.
Key Requirements
A PhD with experience in quantitative analysis and methods, related to public health, climate change, environmental sciences, or any other relevant field, or with substantial equivalent skills and experience.
Experience including: providing quantitative analytical support and expertise across the broad array of sector methodologies; managing and maintaining large databases to support the development of indicators or metrics; working in an academic environment, including the development and drafting of academic research papers.

The candidate will also have strong familiarity with a variety of quantitative methods used in public health and / or environmental sciences.

Excellent communication spoken and written English, with the ability to draft and edit academic manuscripts for publication.

Strong technical knowledge of a variety of quantitative methodologies and software packages.

A willingness to travel and to participate in conference calls outside of normal working hours with other time zones.

For more information and to apply, click HERE.


Epidemiologist, GS-12 Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria Malaria Branch/Strategic and Applied Science Unit

Category : Alumni , GLEPI

Join the Center for Global Health and Make a World of Difference

Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria

Malaria Branch/Strategic and Applied Science Unit

601/602/701 GS-12

Duty Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Application Deadline: March 21, 2019

The Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria, Malaria Branch, announces an exciting opportunity to work in the Strategic and Applied Science Unit (SASU) in the Malaria Branch. This position is open to:

  • Physicians (602 series), Veterinary Medical Officers (701 series), and PhD Epidemiologists (601 series);
  • Lateral reassignments at GS 12 level for Medical Officers, Veterinary Medical Officers, or PhD Epidemiologists.

The Malaria Branch in the Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria (DPDM) is recruiting for a vacancy in the SASU in the Malaria Branch. The Strategic and Applied Science Unit includes a staff of approximately 16 persons including medical officers, epidemiologists, and entomologists. Dr. Alexander Rowe is the SASU Chief. The incumbent will design, implement, and lead critical clinical and operational research studies in close coordination with host governments and national and international partners, including the nongovernmental and private sectors.

This is a unique professional opportunity to contribute to the global reduction in malaria, a major cause of childhood morbidity and mortality. The employee will collaborate to identify pressing public health research questions and to strive to answer those questions using appropriate research methods, designing, planning, implementing, and analyzing data from a wide breadth of research projects, including observational studies (e.g. surveys), experimental designs, (e.g. randomized controlled trials) and other relevant methods (e.g. qualitative studies, economic analyses, and systematic reviews). The employee will develop and write protocols, questionnaires, and manuscripts and mentor less experienced staff to do the same.  He or she will serve as an internationally recognized consultant and expert on malaria and epidemiology. The employee will develop and test interventions to identify, treat or resolve various malaria or other public health problems, and will provide malaria-specific, epidemiological or public health technical advice to Ministries of Health or domestic authorities.

International travel will be required at least 33% of the time.

Responsibilities:

  • The incumbent will support two specific research projects: a study of the effect of a spatial-repellent product, and the evaluation of the Malaria Vaccine Implementation Pilot.
  • The incumbent is responsible for ensuring high quality data collection, quality control, and/ or data utilization methods used to understand the epidemiology, prevention, and control of malaria. Develops and coordinates the sharing of health-related educational or informational materials so that medical advice and assistance are shared. Applies new scientific methods, approaches, and technology, or extends, revises, and adapts existing methodology to new and unusual situations.
  • More generally, the incumbent represents CDC in global health working groups related to malaria and other health priorities; provides program and policy advisement to the global malaria community; and assists with the management of malaria, maternal child health, field epidemiology, global health security and other programs when and as directed by the Malaria Branch Chief.

Additional information:

  • This position is located in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Non-bargaining unit position
  • This is two-year term position that may be extended an additional two years

Qualifications: Candidates should have a strong background and interest in field epidemiology; surveillance, monitoring and evaluation; and public health program implementation. Candidates should also have demonstrated effective diplomatic and communications skills at the national and/or local levels, and at least one to two years of public health experience in an international developing country setting.

How to apply: Candidates eligible for a lateral transfer at the GS-12 level and non-US citizens may contact Alexander Rowe (arowe [at] cdc [dot] gov) for more information.  Please include your CV and SF-50.

Other candidates should apply via www.USAJobs.gov using the announcement number below: 

Epidemiologist, GS-0601-12

HHS-CDC-D4-19-10442442: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/526654400

The deadline for applications and inquiries is close of business March 21, 2019.


The American Mock World Health Organization (AMWHO), 4/5-7

The American Mock World Health Organization (AMWHO) is a nonprofit organization that hosts an annual conference simulation of the World Health Assembly. In our sixth year, the 2019 AMWHO International Conference theme is on “Breaking the Stigma: Sexual and Reproductive Health,” which will focus on developing creative solutions to health concerns involving four primary sub-themes: Maternal and Newborn Health, Adolescent Health, Middle Age and Elder Health, and Reproductive Health and Rights.

Students register to represent either a WHO Ambassador, NGO Representative, Media Correspondent, or UN Agency. In representing a role, students learn of the critical debate and policy-making tools necessary for a future career in global health policy. The conference simulation invites over 200 delegates from across the country and world to discuss policies regarding improving sexual and reproductive health outcomes in the six WHO regions, and will offer networking opportunities with professionals from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. March 8th is the deadline for registering; for more information, please review the below details:

Registration Details
Location: Atlanta, GA at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
Dates: April 5-7th, 2019
Registration Fees: Regular registration is $65 until March 8th, and Late registration is $75 from March 9-22nd
Registration click HERE

Regular registration ends on March 8th and spots are filling up fast, so register soon! Questions or concerns? Please email general [at] amwho [dot] org.


Climate and Health Coordinator, ICF

Category : Alumni , GLEPI

Working at ICF

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth. If you’re seeking to make a difference in the world, visit www.icf.com/careers to find your next career. ICF—together for tomorrow.

ICF seeks to hire a research coordinator at the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) National Coordination Office (NCO) to support federal interagency working groups and initiatives, primarily in the area of climate change and human health. The successful candidate will serve as the primary facilitation and coordination support to the USGCRP’s Interagency Crosscutting Climate Change and Human Health Group (CCHHG), foster the integration of health activities and expertise in other areas of the Program, and provide coordination support as needed to interagency efforts in other areas of Program need.

The USGCRP coordinates and integrates global change research and supporting activities conducted by 13 Federal Agencies and Departments. It is overseen by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) of the Executive Office of the President and by representatives from the 13 member agencies. The day-to-day activities and operations of the USGCRP are facilitated by the USGCRP NCO.  The NCO is responsible for promoting interagency coordination and integration of Federal climate and global change research programs and facilitating international cooperation.

Key Responsibilities of the Successful Candidate:

Coordination and support of the CCHHG:

  • Works with the CCHHG Federal co-chairs to conceptualize, plan, and execute CCHHG monthly meetings and intersessional calls.
  • Supports the co-chairs in managing CCHHG meetings, including scheduling, materials distribution, and follow-up.
  • Assists the CCHHG with communications, member requests, and general inquiries.

Project management and support of CCHHG projects and initiatives.

  • Works with the CCHHG federal co-chairs and NCO leadership to provide support for planning, execution, and management of CCHGG events (e.g. conference exhibitions and sessions, workshops, etc.).
  • Manages and supports development, review, and editorial processes of CCHHG work products (e.g. fact sheets, workshop reports, special assessments).
  • Provides logistical, technical, and meeting support for individual project task teams as they form under CCHHG.

For more information and to apply, click HERE.


Data Systems Associate, RTI International

Category : Alumni , GLEPI

Duties and Responsibilities:

Electronic data collection platform management

  • Prepare server for each survey event including uploading questionnaires, adding new users, and clearing out test data
  • Modify Open Data Kit (ODK) questionnaires (XLS and XLM forms) as required for each country
  • Act as liaison with in-country and HQ teams to plan and implement EDC portion of surveys
  • Support country teams to set up mobile devices and troubleshoot data collection issues
 

Survey Data management

  • Monitor data during times when surveys are in the field and issue feedback to countries promptly
  • Create or update data monitoring, data cleaning, and analytical output scripts in STATA or R  
  • Identify opportunities for data analysis and visual analytics to increase efficiency and effectiveness of survey activities both through online and offline tools including GIS software
  • Continually improve database and interface by writing requirements, validating requirements, working with developers as needed, and testing new functionality
  • Perform statistical analysis on individual and cross-country datasets for routine reporting and special requests
 

Information management and training

  • Review protocols and reports to ensure that EDC and survey data management is described appropriately
  • Create and maintain “standard” questionnaires for typical surveys and track changes and versions through version control platform such as GitHub
  • Contribute to the creation of training materials for EDC surveys including field training manuals, presentations, and other materials as needed
  • Coordinate with Learning Specialist to identify and compile lessons learned based on field implementation of EDC
  • Maintain a repository of protocols, questionnaires, and reports for all surveys
  • Create and maintain a machine-readable database for tracking survey document information, results, and datasets for surveys
  • Occasional travel to countries in Africa, the Caribbean, and South East Asia to support training in EDC and data management

 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree experience in statistics, computer science, or a related field and 3 years of experience; OR Master’s degree in public health, statistics, or another analytics field, plus 1 year of experience (a must)
  • Prior experience with electronic data capture systems specifically use of ODK
  • Strong quantitative analysis skills
  • Proven programming ability in STATA or R statistical software
  • Experience working in and querying SQL database environment
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Excellent attention to detail and highly organized
  • Exceptional teamwork and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to communicate in a cross-functional environment
  • Intercultural mindfulness and sensitivity
  • Strong English oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally up to 10% of the time
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States and should not require now, or in the future, sponsorship for employment visa status.

For more information and to apply, click HERE.

For questions, please contact Clara Burgert Brucker at cburgert [at] rti [dot] org


Multidisciplinary International Research Training (MIRT) Program, due 3/25

The Multidisciplinary International Research Training (MIRT/MHIRT) program is a national program designed to encourage predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees who are from health disparities populations to pursue research, teaching and leadership careers in biomedical, clinical and behavioral sciences. The program provides support for predoctoral (predoctoral graduate students and undergraduate students) and postdoctoral trainees to do research work in global settings. MIRT is funded by The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) of the National Institutes of Health as part of the Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MIRT/MHIRT) Program. The Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health MIRT Program (formerly the University of Washington MIRT Program) builds on established linkages with academic institutions throughout the world including in Ethiopia, Mexico, Peru, Thailand, India, South Africa, and the USA.

Program Objectives:

(1) To encourage predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees who are from health disparities populations to pursue research, teaching and leadership careers in biomedical, clinical and behavioral sciences
(2) To enhance the research efforts and research training of students who are from health disparities populations to include consideration of global health issues
(3) To stimulate and support international research and research collaborations seeking to address local, regional, national and global health disparities between Harvard faculty and faculty at research institutions in developing countries
(4) To assess hypothesized environmental, economic, social, geo-political, and genetic determinants of health disparity so that innovative strategies for closing health disparities gaps may be developed, implemented and evaluated.

For more information and to apply, click HERE.