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2014 Center for Global Health Scholars

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The University of Virginia Center for Global Health and Pfizer Initiative in International Health are pleased to announce the 2014 Center for Global Health Scholars. Scholars working independently, as teams, and in partnerships will conduct research projects in countries such as South Africa, Rwanda, Guatemala, Zambia and India, as well as the United States, Uganda, Tanzania, Peru and Nicaragua. The range of awardees is indicative of the Center for Global Health mission and commitment to foster interdisciplinary approaches to global health issues and to serve as a trans-university resource, involving students and faculty mentors from the schools of Medicine and Nursing, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Batten School for Leadership and Public Policy, the School of Architecture, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Curry School of Education, and Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Rebecca A. Dillingham, Director of the Center for Global Health, said, “We are so delighted to have the opportunity to support the mentored research experiences of these outstanding students who represent these Schools from across Grounds.”

In various ways, these winning applications all seek to advance the core mission of the Center for Global Health, which is to promote health in resource-limited settings by fostering the commitment of students, faculty and partners from many disciplines to address the diseases of poverty. “We expect that these experiences will help students to gain skills and perspectives necessary for their future endeavors that will contribute to the health and flourishing of people and communities around the globe and in our own backyards,” Dr. Dillingham said.

The Center for Global Health encourages interested students across the University to check our website for announcements of future funding opportunities for global health research internationally and here at home.

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Emily Nemec, Lauren Baetsen and Amanda Halacy, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Ku-Punzitsa Apunzitsi: Creating a Professional Skills Program for Teachers in Lusaka, Zambia

Nicole Blackburn and Christopher Daly, School of Medicine, 1st Year
An in-depth analysis and revision of the effectiveness and sustainability of an ongoing WASH education and water filtration program in San Martín, San Lucas Tolimán, Guatemala

Christina Briscoe, School of Medicine, 1st Year, 2014
Pfizer Initiative in International Health – CGH Scholar Award in Infectious Disease Research        
Side by side with XDR-TB: An ethnographic study about home-based treatment of people living with extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis in Lima, Peru

Alexis Chaet, College of Arts and Sciences
Considerations in the Design of Culturally-Competent Health IT for US Latino Migrant Farmworker Population in the USA and Guatemala

Amanda Silvana Coen, School of Architecture
Environmental Health and Sustainable Development; Ghana

Claire Constance, Audrey Ogendi, Vidya Gopinath and Gwyneth Rhiannon Milbrath
Implementing and evaluating a sustainable early childhood development education program for public health nurses in Limpopo, South Africa

Samuel Steven Cross, School of Medicine, 1st Year
Identifying Factors for Worker Motivation in Rural Health Posts; Zambia

Christina Li, College of Arts and Sciences; Rachel Dihle, School of Nursing Clinical Nurse Leaders Program
Survey of Indigenous Mayan Women in the Lake Atitlan Basin Regarding Perceptions of Reproductive Health; Guatemala

Michael Hartley Freeman and Andrew Nader Ameri , School of Medicine, 1st Year
2014 Nancy and Richard L. Guerrant Center for Global Health Scholar Award
Analysis and Implementation of Post-Filtration Sanitation Methods in San Martín, Guatemala

Brenton French and Joseph Koes, School of Medicine, 1st Year 
Assessment of longitudinal data collection through an electronic trauma registry in the Guatemalan Highlands; Guatemala

Serge Gould, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
DevClear – An information sharing platform; Nicaragua

Andrew Jones, Biomedical Engineering, SEAS
Assessment of Hermetia illucens Larvae in the Management of Human Feces; USA

Justin Kaplan, School of Medicine, 1st Year
2014 Pfizer Initiative in International Health – CGH Scholar Award in Infectious Disease Research
Genotypic and Phenotypic Analysis of HIV Isolated From Patients Failing Therapy in Limpopo Province, South Africa

Priya Khanna, Ishaan Dharia, Shivangi Singh and Guranchal Hayer
The Ram Family Center for Global Health Scholar Award
An Education Module to Improve Health Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices in a Delhi Slum School; India

Brigid McDonald, College of Arts and Sciences
Global Health through Education: An Evaluation of Techniques for Recruitment of Students into Science and Technology Programs at Mbarara University; Uganda

Natasha Koduri, College of Arts and Sciences, and Spencer Moore, School of Medicine, 1st Year
Assessing the Role of Community Health Workers in Rural Guatemala and Charlottesville; USA and Guatemala

Simone Mendes, College of Arts and Sciences
The Gendered Distribution of Household Labor and Women’s Access to Maternal Healthcare in Uganda

Mary Namugosa, College of Arts and Sciences
2014 Nancy and Richard L. Guerrant Center for Global Health Scholar Award
Prevalence of non-Plasmodium falciparum malaria in Southwestern Uganda using PCR analysis of blood slides: a community epidemiology study; Uganda

Raina Aggarwal and Sarah Podwika, School of Medicine, 1st Year
Educational opportunities and strategies for preventing and managing diabetes and cardiovascular diseases in Santiago Atitlan; Guatemala

Tanner Pruitt and Mackenzie Austin, College of Arts and Sciences
Street Children Support Network in Guatemala City; Guatemala

Victoria Rodgers, College of Arts and Sciences   
Different Religious Approaches to the Prevention and Treatment of AIDS in Cape Town, South Africa

Caitlin Secrist, Curry School of Education
Identifying & Combatting Psychosocial Stigmas Towards Children with Special Needs in Ecuador

Lena Turkheimer, Biomedical Engineering
2014 Joy Boissevain CGH Scholar Award for Global Public Health, awarded in Conjunction with the Jefferson Public Citizens Award
The Prevalence and associated mortality of functional adrenal insufficiency in severely septic patients with and without suspected tuberculosis in Mbarara, Uganda

Chloe Rento, Veronica Son and Sydney Turner, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
2014 Pamela B. and Peter C. Kelly Award for Improving Health in Limpopo / Center for Global Health University Scholar Award
Long-Term Testing of Ceramic Water Treatment Technologies in Limpopo Province, South Africa

David L. Richards, Kaitlin Layne, Andreya  Adams and Saron Fantahun
Evaluation and expansion of an interprofessional community health worker training program in Limpopo, South Africa

Angela Liu and Meghan Smith
Capacity-driven Evaluation of a Water Distribution System in Rosa Grande, Nicaragua

Sreemoyee Som, Usnish Majumdar, Chris Cai, Ben Harris and Ali Hazel
Center for Global Health Travel Awards
Hope Through Mobility: Assistive Mobility Devices in Lusaka, Zambia

John Burns, College of Arts and Sciences
Facing barriers of family-based purchasing philosophies in Tanzania in operating private-sector health insurance programs; Tanzania

Carolyn Pelnik, Batten School of Public Policy
Using Household Data to Understand the Health Benefits of a Reduction of Poverty in Turkey

Cameron Elward, Biomedical Engineering
Microbiome and metabolomic analysis of barrier-raised vs. non-barrier-raised mice; Brazil

Jessica Yoo, Jaesun Lee, Siyuan (Steve) Qian and Srujana Yadlapalli, College of Arts and Sciences
GlobeMed Initiative: Improve Education & Health of Cambodian Families; Cambodia