Pulling all-nighters? Hang in there for just a little
while longer... you are almost done! Summer is finally here!
Dr. Bentley hard at work
As the semester winds down, I want to highlight the
continued efforts of the Office of Global Health (OGH) to support students and
faculty during the academic year 2012-13.
OGH continues to support
students in their efforts to improve public health around the globe. OGH has
handled full administrative and marketing activities for twelve internships
(e.g., FHI 360, IntraHealth, Curamericas) in addition to funding two
internships at CIDRZ in Zambia, one internship for a student to work with
UNICEF in Nicaragua, and one Health Policy and Management DrPH RA position. In
addition we funded registration fees for ten of our students to attend the Consortium
of Universities for Global Health annual conference in Washington, DC, in March. The students attended a reception at the
Futures Group, co-sponsored with the Triangle Global Health Consortium, and
networked with students and faculty from NCSU and Duke. UNC student teams won first and second place
in the Triangle Global Health Consortium at the North Carolina Biotechnology
Center in April.
In November, OGH sponsored a
networking event for international students. The event provided awareness of the
resources available to international students on campus. Several units were
present at the event (e.g., the Writing Center, the Office of International
Students and Scholars Services, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs). In
addition, OGH, in conjunction with Office of Student Affairs, is developing a
functional system targeting international students in the School of Global
Public Health (SPH) to alleviate some consistent issues of concern specific to
our growing international student body.
As we celebrate the
graduation of 37 students who have completed the Certificate in Global Health, OGH
is completing a comprehensive review of the Certificate program. We conducted
several focus group discussions in addition to surveys of our recent
certificate graduates and alumni. We pilot tested a new global competency
skills building working to provide students with a better understanding of the
ethics of global engagement, led by Kat Turner of IPAS. Kat is also an adjunct
professor in Health Behavior. Twenty
students attended the one-day workshop and the evaluations were excellent. We hope to continue this next year. With these activities and data, we plan to refine
and further improve the certificate program and help its students achieve the
competencies delivered by the certificate program.
OGH continues to implement
and further SPH and UNC's global reach and partnerships. OGH co-sponsored
delegations from Brunei, Pakistan, India, Turkey, and China. For example, the
Chinese delegation included 11 deans, faculty, and senior officials from seven
schools of public health in China (e.g., Peking University, Fudan University,
Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and Medical Education Division in China's
Ministry of Education). Following the delegation's visit, China Medical Board
featured UNC's SPH in their Next
Generation Fellowships and Faculty
Development Awards prestigious grants competitions, which offer support for
China's potential health leaders to train internationally in the
multidisciplinary field of Health Policy and Systems Sciences. OGH is helping
to place Turkish faculty with UNC counterparts in response to an agreement
forged with Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey. These activities reflect the
school's commitment to supporting faculty involved in global health and open up
research and internship opportunities for students.
OGH hosted senior US
officials and sponsored several seminars. For example, OGH welcomed Ambassador
Jerry P. Lanier in February of 2013. Ambassador Lanier is a former ambassador
from the United States to the Republic of Uganda and is the Acting Coordinator
of the Bureau of Counterterrorism at the Department of State. OGH and the
Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center co-hosted Dr. Philip Davies to visit
SPH. Dr. Davies is the Director General of the European Cervical Cancer
Association. During his visit, Dr. Davies gave a lecture titled
"Inter-Disciplinary Health System Development: Experiences in the Post-Soviet
Region." He also met with faculty and students interested in cervical cancer.
Ambassador Lanier visit
In the next year, the OGH team will continue to serve global
health interests of students, staff, and faculty at SPH.
The OGH team is happy to announce a new member of our
family, Emily George Nicholson, an MPH Candidate. Emily will manage the Global
Health Certificate program, a position currently occupied by Melissa Sanchez.
Melissa is graduating this year with an MPH in Maternal and Child Health.
Melissa did a terrific job with the certificate program for the last year. She
will forever be a member of the OGH family. We wish her best of luck as she
takes her first steps into the real world. Next year, This Week in Global
Health (TWIGH) and OGH's website will have a new look. We look forward to
hearing your feedback!
We all wish you best of luck on your finals and a productive
and fun summer! If you are graduating this year, we wish you the best in the
next step of your training or career. We want to hear all about it - do send us
updates. If you are a returning student, we hope to serve you next year.
OGH Staff L-R: Peggy Bentley, Shashank Adepu, Melissa Sanchez, Sherine El-Toukhy, Naya Villarreal
Margaret E. Bentley, Ph.D.Carla Smith Chamblee Distinguished Professor of Global Nutrition