HPM student receives Fogarty global health fellowship
March 12, 2014
Kei Alegria-Flores, MPH, doctoral student in UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Management, has been selected as a Fogarty global health fellow for 2014-2015.
Alegria-Flores’ 11-month appointment is based in Lima, Peru, where she will collaborate with experts from the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Herdia, Johns Hopkins University and PRISMA, a local nongovernmental organization. Her research aims to identify barriers to adherence throughout multidrug-resistant tuberculosis diagnosis and treatment and to model effective combinations of multilevel interventions to improve adherence levels. She especially will focus upon solutions with high adoption potential that could be implemented at very low cost in tuberculosis clinics with limited resources.
“Kei’s research will address an important public health problem and advance the field of implementation science,” said Bryan Weiner, PhD, professor of health policy and management and Alegria-Flores’ adviser. “Her use of systems science methods is innovative and significant.”
Alegria-Flores said she was grateful to have been selected as a Fogarty Global Health Fellow and to be able to conduct research in her beloved Peru. “This award enables me to follow my passion and work hard to make a difference in the lives of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis patients and providers,” she said.
The Fogarty Global Health Program for Fellows and Scholars, supported by the National Institutes of Health, provides supportive mentorship, research opportunities and a collaborative research environment for early-stage investigators to enhance their global health research expertise and their careers.