We are establishing a small number of geographic hubs to increase students’ skills, enhance faculty opportunities and create exchanges for experts from hub countries. A consistent presence at particular sites, working with a select group of partners, allows us to provide quality experiences and deliver on strategic themes to improve public health. We are creating opportunities for global faculty to work in hubs and make it possible for other faculty who want to explore global health to do so. We will also encourage researchers and practitioners from the hub countries to come to North Carolina for exchanges, sabbaticals, and degrees. The Gillings Hubs align with the larger goal of the Gillings Global Guarantee announced by Dean Rimer in fall 2018, the dream that every residential Master of Public Health student may have a funded global experience as part of their course of study.
We are starting with Zambia and North Carolina!
With UNC Global Projects Zambia and UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, the Gillings School is increasing its impact in Zambia, with Zambians.
We started with student placements in summer 2019 with UNC Global Projects Zambia and UNC Global Women’s Health:
- Fetal Age and Machine Learning Initiative (FAMLI): This study aims to develop a robust, affordable ultrasound device that can be deployed in limited-resource settings with minimal operator expertise.
- Improving Pregnancy Outcomes with Progesterone Study (IPOP): This randomized controlled trial will evaluate antenatal progesterone prophylaxis for the prevention of preterm birth among pregnant women living with HIV.
- Methods for Prevention Packages Program (MP3): This project explores whether the distribution of HIV self-test kits to pregnant women will increase HIV testing among their male partners.
- Virtual interactive system to enhance gynecologic oncology multi-disciplinary: This study focuses on a low-cost digital system to manage information related to cancer care, showing the feasibility of implementing these systems in low-resource settings.
North Carolina Hub
In North Carolina, we aim to build global/local partnerships with counties that have both local health challenges and a diverse population including migrants and refugees. We strive to expand our partnerships with global/local partners in North Carolina such as FHI360, IntraHealth International, RTI International, and build formal partnerships with refugee and migrant organizations and other organizations in North Carolina that focus on global health issues, such as the members of the Triangle Global Health Consortium.
We have had placements with:
- FHI 360
- IntraHealth International
- DAI Global Health
- Male Contraceptive Initiative
- Advance Access & Delivery