Student Feature: Health Behavior Global Health Roundtable
The Health Behavior Global Health Roundtable brings together students and faculty with global interests.
The roundtable aims to create opportunities for Health Behavior students to gain knowledge and experiences in global health research and practice. In fall semester 2016, about 45 active members participate in the roundtable’s activities, including social potlucks, speaker events, and field trips to local global health organizations.
In spring 2016, the roundtable led a fundraiser that helped master’s students complete a master’s practicum in a global setting. And in summer 2016, twelve students completed practica on global health issues, eleven of these in international placements.
The group is currently looking at ways to support Masters students who are interested in completing global practica in summer 2017. If any students, alumni, staff, or faculty members have ideas about placements or funding, please email us here.
Featured Global Practica, Summer 2016
I completed my practicum in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, where I worked with the Institute Mixte Shalom des Freres (IMSF) to determine the feasibility of adding sexual health education to the school’s curriculum. I administered a youth survey to determine the students’ knowledge and attitudes surrounding sexual health and conducted ten qualitative interviews with staff, teachers, and parents. As arespected organization in the community, IMSF has a unique opportunity to pave the way for sexual health education in schools in the Croix-des-Bouquet area.
I am currently working with the organization to implement some of my recommendations and expand the reproductive health knowledge of the students in the area.
This summer I spent my practicum doing research at the Academic Medical Center (AMC) in Amsterdam, Netherlands. My research focused on the intersection of diabetes and depression as well as differences in the prevalence of both depression and diabetes among various ethnic groups in the Netherlands.
One of the best parts of my practicum was being able to take concepts I learned in the first year of my program and apply them in a real-life, global setting. It also gave me a new global perspective to view health, which will be helpful in my remaining time at UNC and beyond.”
Words in neither Spanish nor English can express how grateful l am to all who helped make my practicum in Bolivia possible.
In a whirlwind three-week experience, I completed 26 interviews with youth and their families, 11 interviews with providers and clinic volunteers, and five focus groups with over 50 youth! I worked with the international non-profit Life for a Child, which provides beneficiaries in Bolivia with life-saving diabetes-related supplies, and El Centro Vivir Con Diabetes, a diabetes center in Cochabamba.
As a person living with Type 1 Diabetes, this work is meaningful to me and I am excited to stay connected to the organizations and individuals I worked with.”
Additional Students’ Global Practica
Our students are amazing at finding great global health practicum opportunities, but all too often, they have to forego these opportunities because of cost. We want all of our students who want to apply their health behavior training in global settings during their practicum to be able to do so, without a question of resources. We are trying to establish a pool of funds that will be available so that all students who find global practicum opportunities can leverage these opportunities
–Professor Suzanne Maman, faculty sponsor of the roundtable