Global Health Notices, 1/31/2011-2/4/2011 and beyond

Global Health Funding Opportunities:  Framework deadlines TOMORROW!

Applications for Framework Global Health Scholarships and Framework Faculty Curriculum Development Grants are due February 1st, 2011.  Please see for more information.

Tell us how we are doing!

The Global Health Initiative is interested in hearing your feedback!  Your participation in our survey will help us to improve GHI services, and help us to offer more of what you want!  Please take a few quick moments to give us your thoughts on how we have been doing, as well as directions for the future.

The survey can be accessed at:

February 2, 2011:  CSIS Webcast

In the months leading up to the September 2011 UN High Level Meeting on Non Communicable Diseases, we will host a series of speakers on global chronic diseases.  Please join us for a live webcast of our first event,

Nascent Epidemic: What We Know about Global Non-Communicable Disease

On February 2, Dr. Harvey Fineberg, President of the Institute of Medicine, will present evidence of the non communicable disease transformation underway in low and middle-income countries. As all eyes turn toward the September summit, Dr. Fineberg will discuss the health and policy implications of the shifting disease burden and how the United States’ special assets can assist in dealing with this new reality.

Please RSVP to the event at:

Wednesday, February 2, 2011
12:00pm – 1:30pm
CSIS | Center for Strategic & International Studies
1800 K ST. NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
B1 Conference Center

February 3, 2011:  Talk

“Motivating Community Volunteers to Address AIDS, Maternal, and Newborn Mortality in Ethiopia:  The Role of ‘Mental Satisfaction'”

Kenneth Maes, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow in Population Studies, Brown University

Thursday, February 3, 2011
12:00 noon
Seminar Room, Mencoff Hall
68 Waterman Street

February 11, 2011:  Deadline for Brown Global Health BIARI applications

International Affairs at Brown University has announced the third annual Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI). In 2009 and 2010, Brown University inaugurated the BIARI, a major faculty development initiative to convene high-level academic Institutes on Brown’s campus each summer. Organized by discipline and designed and run by recognized scholars, each Institute addresses the canonical and cutting-edge questions of the field, and contributes to building the next generation of a transnational academic community.  These programs provide a forum for early career scholars and practitioners from the global south to participate in a high-level academic forum devoted to the study of global affairs, bringing together young faculty and practitioners from around the world to address pressing global issues through innovative and collaborative research and pedagogy.   In June, 2011, Brown University will host the first BIARI on Global Health, which will be devoted specifically to the interdisciplinary study of HIV/AIDS.  At this time, we seek applications from eligible participants from academic institutions, non-governmental organizations, clinical settings, and other scholars or practitioners working in the field of HIV/AIDS in the global south.  The institute will run from June 13-24, 2011 on the campus of Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island, USA.  Further information about the Global Health Institute is available online at Applications will be accepted online through February 11, 2011.  The application form can be accessed via the link below, or via the BIARI website. At this time, we request your assistance in forwarding this announcement to appropriate participants, or any others who may be able to assist in identifying suitable candidates.

February 11, 2011:  Deadline for Pfizer Fellowship applications

Through Medical & Academic Partnerships (MAP), Pfizer is pleased to support the career development and promotion of talented junior physician-scientists or researchers through their Fellowship programs. These nationally competitive awards support talented postdoctoral researchers early in their careers.

Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis with grant payments typically beginning in July of each year for 2 years. Award recipients are selected by an independent academic advisory board of prominent medical academicians specific to that program’s therapeutic area or discipline.

Please visit each specific program page for additional details:

February 11, 2011:  Abstract submission deadline

Complete Panels – Online Abstract Submission Now Open:
Deadline February 11, 2011

The Global Health Council’s 38th Annual International Conference on Global Health:
Securing a Healthier Future in a Changing World

If current demographic changes continue, the average age will be older in most parts of the world than it is today, more people will live in cities, and population growth will have slowed throughout the world except in Africa. These trends naturally result in changes in the burden of disease, most notably a transition from infectious to non-communicable diseases, from acute to chronic disease.

The Council seeks five types of abstract this year:

  • Individual Research Abstract
  • Individual Program Evaluation Abstract
  • New Investigators in Global Health Research Abstract
  • New Investigators in Global Health Program Evaluation Abstract
  • Complete Panel Abstract – NOW OPEN

In all submissions, the Council seeks abstracts that demonstrate best practices with an emphasis on measurable results, evidence-based policies, and the latest findings on the cutting edge
of research.

Submission Deadlines

Abstracts must be submitted by 11:59 pm as follows:

  • Complete Panel Abstracts | Friday, Feb. 11, 2011

Important Links


For abstract-related questions, please e-mail For all other conference inquiries, please email

February 16, 2011:  Doctoral Dissertation Defense

Please mark your calendar for the doctoral dissertation defense of Ann Mwangi, PhD Candidate in Biostatistics. Ann’s presentation, “Addressing Selection Bias in Observational Event History Data, with Application to HIV Data from Western Africa” will take place on Wednesday, February 16, 2011, at 10am, 121 S Main Street, room 245.

All are welcome, and Community Health faculty and students are particularly encouraged to attend.

Susan M. Furtado
Academic Program Manager
Department of Community Health
(401) 863-3681

February 21, 2011:  Deadline for MGH Global Health Fellowship Applications

Request for Proposals: Fellowships in Global Health

The Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Global Health (CGH) is pleased to announce two fellowships in global health: The Durant Fellowship in Refugee Medicine and the MGH Global Health Fellowship.

All applications are due by February 21, 2011

The Durant Fellowship in Refugee Medicine:

The Durant Fellowship in Refugee Medicine sponsors health care professionals to serve refugee populations and victims of complex humanitarian disasters. Fellowships include field work for three months up to one year. This Fellowship fosters in its recipients a sense of commitment to populations in distress and to provide education to aid in the prevention and treatment of disease in refugee populations. Fellows will have the opportunity to work with one of the nongovernmental organizations affiliated with the Durant Fellowship such as American Refugee Committee, or Concern Worldwide. The Durant Fellowship is open to all health care providers; physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, physical therapists, occupational therapists and dietitians are all eligible for the fellowship. Physicians are required to have completed residency by July 2011 and all other allied health professionals must have attained at least 3 years clinical experience prior to application.

The full application for the Durant Fellowship is available here.

MGH Fellowship in Global Health:

The MGH Global Health Fellowship is designed to provide up to one year of support to members of the MGH medical staff in any discipline to conduct one year of research, teaching/training, or clinical care activities in one of the CGH initial programmatic areas of focus: Global Mental Health, Disaster and Humanitarian Relief, and Global Primary Care. Applications that focus on significant domestic or global needs, offer capacity building and training, propose practical and cost effective approaches, contain clear deliverables and time lines, and involve inter-institutional or interdepartmental collaboration are particularly encouraged. The Global Health Fellowship is open to members of the junior medical staff, including physicians who will have completed residency by July 2011, clinical fellows, junior faculty, nursing staff who are at least 3 years post-licensure, physical and occupational therapists, and other medical staff involved in health care delivery. Applicants must not have yet reached the faculty position of Associate Professor.

The full application for the MGH Global Health Fellowship is available here. A sample budget template for the Global Health Fellowship application is available here.

For more global health resources and additional information about the Center for Global Health at Massachusetts General Hospital, please visit our website:

March 6, 2011:  Hungry for Answers Conference on Domestic and International Malnutrition

A Conference Addressing Barriers to Better Nutrition in the
United States and Around the World


Hungry for Answers: bringing together experts from different fields and leaders in the
fight against domestic and global malnutrition. Their experiences, perspectives and knowledge will set the stage for lively and enriching conversations and exchanges.
Selected videos from the Doctors Without Borders Starved for Attention campaign will also be shown.
Deborah Frank, M.D., Boston Medical Center and Children’s HealthWatch
Eileen Kennedy, D.Sc., R.D., Dean, Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy, Tufts University

Conference co-planned by: Brown Swearer Center for Public Service, Brown Global Health Initiative, the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, and Edesia: Global Nutrition Solutions.

*Generously sponsored by the van Beuren Charitable Foundation*

Register online at:

General Admission: $20 per person – No charge for students

Salomon Center
Brown University
91 Waterman St., Providence

March 6, 2011
1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

March 9, 2011:  Talk




Concurrent sexual partnerships and

HIV/AIDS disparities in the United States

Amy Nunn, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Research)

Brown University

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

10 a.m.-11 a.m.

Conference Room 408, 121 South Main Street

Dr. Amy Nunn conducts social science research examining the structural, social and behavioral factors influencing racial disparities in HIV infection in the United States. She received an NIH Career Development Award in 2010 to investigate the role of concurrent sexual partnerships and other factors in potentiating racial disparities in HIV infection. In partnership with faith-based organizations, she also engages in community-based participatory research and advocacy related to HIV prevention.

April 1, 2011:  Award Application Deadline


presented by Global Health Strategies

Are you a young advocate?

About the Award: The Young Advocates for Social Change Award was established by Global Health Strategies to honor exceptional young leaders and innovators working to improve the public good. The winner will be awarded a $5,000 prize at an advocacy luncheon in New York City.

Who Should Apply: The award is open to individuals 25 years of age or younger who have contributed to an advocacy or communications project related to a public interest issue such as health, the environment, human rights or education.

How to Apply: Application deadline is 1 April 2011.  Find out more and apply at:

April 16-17, 2011:  Unite for Sight Global Health and Innovation Conference, Yale University

You and your colleagues may be interested in attending or presenting at the Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale.  The registration rate increases after January.  For those interested in presenting at the conference, we are currently accepting social enterprise pitches.  We would appreciate it if you could please forward this announcement to those who may be interested in attending or presenting.

GH/Innovate 2011
Global Health & Innovation Conference
Presented by Unite For Sight, 8th Annual Conference
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Saturday, April 16 – Sunday, April 17, 2011

Unite For Sight’s must-attend, thought-leading conference convenes leaders, changemakers, and participants from all fields of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship.  The conference convenes 2,200 people from all 50 states and from 50 countries.

Register in January to secure the lowest registration rate. The registration rate increases after January.

Interested in presenting at the conference?

  • Call For Social Enterprise Pitches: Do you have an innovative idea or a new program in development?  Submit your idea for presentation.  Social enterprise pitches are accepted on a rolling application deadline, and the first quality pitches will be accepted for oral presentation.  When the social enterprise pitch spots are filled to capacity, applications will no longer be accepted.  See social enterprise pitch instructions on the conference website.

New Brown University Spring 2011 course:  Pragmatic Medical Humanities

The question, “What is medical humanities?” has flummoxed the very experts who ardently argue for its importance to medical education and the professional and personal growth of health care providers. Individual persons harbor different meanings for the term, invest it with different values and goals.
The interdisciplinary nature of medical humanities, engaging in conversations with persons who possess different expertise, different knowledge and different approaches to knowing, provides opportunities for examination and insight unavailable elsewhere.

During this half-credit seminar, students will investigate alternative meanings, interpretations and purposes embedded in the term “medical humanities.” They will develop their own personal relationship to this term, this field of study, and its utility as a tool for understanding and responding to the profound experiences of clinical medicine, illness and health.

HMAN 1970V
Pragmatic Medical Humanities

Jay Baruch, MD
Faculty Fellow, Cogut Center for the Humanities
Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
Brown University

Volunteer Program Opportunity:  Ghana Health and Education Initiative

Ghana Health and Education Initiative (GHEI) is now recruiting volunteers to participate in the 2011 Summer Serve and Learn Program.  GHEI is a small non-profit in the Western region of Ghana in the small farming community of Humjibre. Our mission is to promote education and improve health through principles of sustainable development and community empowerment.

The GHEI Serve and Learn Program offers short-term volunteer programs to those interested in development, public health, universal education and human rights promotion.  The projects provide a chance to learn about and profoundly experience grassroots work in a developing country.  The session topics are listed below:

Programs & Dates:
Session 1: Ghana Read and Play: A celebration of childhood literacy (June13-29)
Session 2: Girls’ Empowerment (July 1-17)
Session 3: Evaluation of Bednet Usage for Malaria (July 19-August 4)
Session 4: Build Ghana: Community Development and Local Capacity (August 6-22)

For more session information, visit

How To Apply:


Applications for summer sessions will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning on January 15, 2011. This means that GHEI’s leadership will review applications in the order they are received. Applicants are encouraged to apply early as spaces fill quickly.

After January 15th, applications are reviewed and selected applicants will be contacted for an interview. Offers are extended to successful applicants within one week of the interview and applicants are given one week to accept or decline GHEI’s offer. This is done to allow ample time for fundraising, travel reservations, and general preparations for the trip.

For specific application or selection process questions, please contact Doug McKechnie at

For questions regarding the recruitment process or to hear from a Serve & Learn Volunteer, please contact Caroline at

Feel free to visit GHEI online at <> .

Volunteer Opportunity:  13-month field positions in Mali

High-impact, 13-month field positions in Mali with Partners In Health partner project
Project Muso, a PIH partner project, is currently accepting applications for four, high-impact, 13-month field positions in Mali. These volunteer field positions play a critical role in the development of Project Muso’s rapidly growing healthcare, microenterprise, education, and community organizing programs. This is an excellent opportunity for highly motivated, talented, dynamic individuals committed to global health and social justice. You can learn more about Project Muso’s work on our website,, and on the PIH website at To apply for one of these positions or request more information, please email . Please also feel free to share this opportunity widely.

Organizational Profile:
Project Muso Ladamunen (PML) is a rapidly growing non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization that operates in Mali, a West African country currently ranked the 5th poorest in the world.  Partnering with the Malian Ministry of Health, Partners In Health, Tostan, and others, PML brings together health care delivery, non-formal education, microfinance, and community action to address the root causes of disease. Through action, training, research, and advocacy, PML works with communities in Mali to stop cycles of poverty and disease, and create cycles of health and wellbeing in their place. More information is available at .
Ari Johnson
Co-Executive Director
Project Muso Ladamunen
1380 Monroe St NW Box 309 Washington DC 20010
Rue 104 Porte 155 Daoudabougou, Bamako, Mali
Mali Cell: +223.7795.6865
US Cell: +1.301.908.7262
Office: +1.202.657.MUSO
Skype: aridjohnson

Membership Opportunity:  Global Health Council

Brown University, Warren Alpert Medical School is pleased to be an organizational member of the Global Health Council, the world’s largest membership alliance dedicated to saving lives by improving health throughout the world. Our membership enables you to become an associate member of the Global Health Council at no charge. This free membership provides you with a number of benefits which are outlined here.  By signing up you will be able to keep tabs on the latest events and news in global health.

Add your voice to support improved global health. Sign up is quick and easy, so join today.

To Enroll
Go to: and select First Visit.
Important: Please be sure to select Brown University, Warren Alpert Medical School in the company drop down menu to ensure you receive the complimentary membership.

Important: After you have provided basic information, you need to click on “Sign up for Individual Membership”.  This will take you to a page which reviews your details; on the bottom of this page be sure to select the button “Activate Free Associate Membership”.

You also are entitled to receive 50% off a print subscription to the magazine Global Health. This can be found at:

Questions? Contact the Global Health Council at