Weekly Global Health Notices, 10/10/2011 through 10/14/2011 and beyond

** November 1, 2011: Application Deadline for Framework Global Health Scholarships and Framework Faculty Curriculum Development Grants **

Framework Global Health Scholarship applications are due November 1, 2011.

Scholarships enable students (undergraduate, MPH, medical and PhD), fellows and trainees to work on global health research for a minimum of 8 weeks at an international site. IRB approval is not required upon submission; however, successful applicants MUST obtain approval before the funds can be disbursed. Awardees will receive up to $3,500. For more information, please visit http://med.brown.edu/GHI/framework

Framework Faculty Curriculum Development Grant applications are due November 1, 2011.

The Framework in Global Health and the Office of International Affairs will co-sponsor grants to faculty members developing new courses or revising existing ones to include global health content. Past grant recipients have invited guest speakers, added readings, and developed initiatives to bring global health content to the subject matter of a course. The grants are intended to incorporate global health subject matter into seminars and courses that previously had none, as opposed to enhancing seminars and courses that already include global health content.

The grants have a $4,000 maximum and will help cover the cost of students who assist instructors in course revision, travel and related expenses for guest lecturers, as well as other costs entailed with the integration of global health content into these courses. All regular members of the Brown faculty are eligible to apply (see the Handbook of Academic Administration for clarification on Regular and Non-Regular Faculty.) For more information, please visit http://med.brown.edu/GHI/framework

October 12, 2011 & October 19, 2011: TWO-PART workshop on writing fellowship/grant applications

The Global Health Initiative and Scholarly Concentration in Global Health (Alpert Medical School) will hold a two-part workshop on writing fellowship and grant applications. The sessions will be especially helpful for those interested in applying for the Framework Global Health Scholarship (see above for more details).

Both workshops will include a Q&A session and lecture by Jennifer Friedman, MD, MPH, PhD.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 & Wednesday, October 19, 2011
12:00 – 1:00pm

121 South Main Street
Room 245

October 14, 2011: Deadline for Support Centers for “Global Health Program for Fellows and Scholars”

Intended for U.S. academic institutions with focus on global health research capacity building, the application deadline for the “Global Health Program for Fellows and Scholars” is October 14, 2011.

For more information, please visit http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-TW-11-001.html

October 17, 2011: Deadline for Fulbright/Fogarty Fellowships in Public Health

Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowships in Public Health offered in partnership between the Fulbright Program and the Fogarty International Center of the U.S. National Institute of Health have been established to promote the expansion of research in public health and clinical research in resource-limited settings. The Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowship was inaugurated in July 2011 with four fellows in Sub-Saharan Africa (Botswana, Malawi, and South Africa). The Fellowship has been modified and expanded with the 2012-13 application cycle to include countries in Asia and Latin America.

All awards are for 9 months required at the overseas site. Awards will carry the benefits of Fulbright Full Grants to the country of assignment. The Fogarty International Center, NIH, will provide support to the research training site and orientation of the fellows at NIH.

U.S. students who are currently enrolled in medical school or a graduate-level program and who are interested in global health can apply for this Fellowship. The basic requirements and process for applying for the Fulbright-Fogarty Program are the same as for any Fulbright U.S. Student Study/Research Grant.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING REGARDING THE APPLICATION:

Review the Country Summary for details on country specific eligibility requirements and research placements. Degree requirements, research focus, and affiliation vary by country.
Select one country to which to apply.
In the Online Application question 3. SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY, select Fulbright-Fogarty Award. You will only be considered for the Fulbright-Fogarty Award.
A letter of affiliation IS NOT required nor applicable for Fulbright-Fogarty Award applicants.
If recommended for a grant, candidates may be required to submit additional information and will be contacted by IIE if this is the case.

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

Even though, in most cases, grantees will be working in an English-speaking environment, language preferences for a specific country will apply; however, they may be relaxed somewhat. That is, if host country language skills are required, then Fulbright-Fogarty applicants should have begun study of the language and have a language plan for the months prior to beginning a grant. The Foreign Language Evaluation should be conducted when the language level is beyond the basic level.

If host country language skills are not required and the applicant has little or no knowledge of the language, then applicants may wish to consider how they can undertake language study prior to the grant start or during the grant and mention this in the Statement of Grant Purpose.

STATEMENT OF GRANT PURPOSE

The following are some basic guidelines as to what you should include in your Statement of Grant Purpose, along with any other information you deem relevant:

Why you have chosen the particular country and project;
Briefly describe the research project that you hope to join;
Explain what you believe you have to contribute to the project;
Explain the specific qualifications, training, and/or experiences that you have had related to this project;
Explain how you expect to benefit from the assignment, and what use you will make of the experience upon your return to the United States.

Remember, too, that since this is a Fulbright grant, applicants should describe ways that they anticipate engaging in the local community. This can be included in the Statement of Grant Purpose or in the Personal Statement.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Please refer to the individual participating country summaries for additional information.

Information related to the application process is available at www.us.fulbrightonline.org/applynow.html

The application deadline is October 17, 2011, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time.

October 17, 2011: Deadline for 2012 Creative and Novel Ideas in HIV Research (CNIHR) program

The International AIDS Society (IAS), in partnership with the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the NIH-supported Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR), launched a new round of the joint research grant programme, Creative and Novel Ideas in HIV Research (CNIHR).

The CNIHR programme supports projects intended to advance the scientific understanding of HIV by exploring new approaches to pressing scientific questions on such issues as the long-term survival of individuals with HIV infection, mechanisms behind establishment of viral reservoirs, new approaches for the prevention of HIV transmission, and innovative models of health care delivery. It is designed to promote innovative research and new ideas from early-stage investigators whose primary focus has previously been in fields of scientific inquiry other than HIV/AIDS. It aims to recruit and train tomorrow’s leading HIV researchers from across many areas of science, whose work will benefit not only HIV, but other fields of research as well.

The first step of the competitive application process is open on the CNIHR website (www.cnihr.org) and will close on 17 October 2011. Applicants will be asked to complete a two-step process to assess the quality of their research projects. Awardees will be selected by mid-April 2012.

Successful applicants will be invited to the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012), in Washington D.C. 22-27 July 2012, where they will be officially awarded. They will also have the opportunity to attend an HIV orientation seminar with leading experts and take part in a networking session during the conference.

In an effort to reach early-stage scientists that are currently not involved with HIV research, we would like to ask for your assistance by circulating this information to your networks. With your help, we can reach a maximum number of scientists and foster innovative ideas to advance HIV research. We would like to request your help in the following ways:

Please inform eligible candidates of this programme.
Please advise us of specific science networks we should be aware of in marketing this scholarship programme.
Please post the enclosed banner and/or flyer on your website.

For more information about this programme:

CNIHR 2012 Round Announcement

CNIHR grant website: www.cnihr.org

Information on 2010 awardees: www.iasociety.org/Default.aspx?pageId=381

Contact: info@cnihr.org

November 17, 2011: Proposal Deadline for Gates Foundation Grant Opportunity

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is now accepting grant proposals for Round 8 of Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative to encourage innovative and unconventional global health and development solutions. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for profit companies.

Grant proposals are being accepted online until November 17, 2011 on the following topics:

* NEW – Protect Crop Plants from Biotic Stresses From Field to Market
* NEW – Design new approaches to optimize immunization systems
* NEW – Explore New Solutions in Global Health Priority Areas
* Explore Nutrition for Healthy Growth of Infants and Children
* Apply Synthetic Biology to Global Health Challenges

Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million. Full descriptions of the new topics and application instructions are available at: www.grandchallenges.org/r8_gce

We are looking forward to receiving innovative ideas from around the world and from all disciplines. If you have a great idea, apply. If you know someone else who may have a great idea, please forward this message.

Job Opportunity: Project Muso | Capacity Building Fellow Positions

Each year, Project Muso selects 3-4 exceptional applicants as Capacity Building Fellows, working with our health care delivery, microenterprise, education, and/or community organizing programs in Mali. The yearlong volunteer Capacity Building Fellow positions are high impact roles, focused on capacity building.As we are a small, rapidly growing global health and social justice start-up, each fellow plays an important role in the growth of the organization’s work and has a tangible impact on the tens of thousands of community members we serve. Through our close partnerships with Partners In Health, Tostan, and the Praxis Network,fellows also connect into the broader movement for social justice and global health equity. You can learn more about Project Muso’s work through our website, through our 2010 annual report, and through the PIH website.

Each fellow lives in the communities of Yirimadjo, Mali and works closely with Malian colleagues. The roles include 1) best practices research to inform program design 2) programmatic improvement proposal development 3) fundraising/development specific to programmatic improvements you help envision and plan 4) communications and report creation 5) research, monitoring, and evaluation support. The position requires a commitment to social justice, strong work ethic, skills in writing and best practices research, a yearlong commitment, and the ability to communicate in French. While some fellows come to us with several years of work or research experience and/or an advanced degree, we do accept dynamic and committed applicants just out of college as well.

Applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis, so we recommend submitting your application as early as possible. While To request an application, please email us at volunteer@projectmuso.org . Applicants will submit an application form, CV and writing sample.

Job Opportunity: Project Muso | Director Position

Project Muso is currently seeking an exceptional new leader to join our team. To learn more about the position, download the job description here. You can learn more about Project Muso’s work through our 2010 Annual Report, available for download by clicking here. To apply, please submit a CV and cover letter to ari@projectmuso.org

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 10th poorest in the world. Partnering with the Malian Ministry of Health, Partners In Health, Tostan, the Praxis Network, 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 www.projectmuso.org .

Position Description Summary:
The Executive Director plays a critical role guiding and supporting PML’s strategic development. The Executive Director coordinates the efforts of Project Muso’s 82 part time, full time, and volunteer team members, leads and implements Project Muso’s fundraising strategy for growth and scale-up, and cultivates key partnerships. Project Muso is in the midst of piloting its strategy in Yirimadjo, Mali, an area of 56,000 people. With encouraging results from the first years of its pilot, Project Muso is planning toward strategic scale-up and replication in the years to come. As Project Muso’s primary organizational administrator outside of Mali, the ED plays a central role in guiding Project Muso’s growth and development at this critical juncture for the organization and the thousands of community partners it serves.

The ED will split their time between Project Muso’s field site and field office in Mali and Project Muso’s office at Still Harbor in Boston. The full-time position requires a commitment and passion for social justice work. The ideal candidate will be ready to take on new and unexpected challenges while providing consistent, strategic leadership. Demonstrated experience planning and executing successful fundraising efforts is key. We are looking for a team player, creative thinker and self-starter. French is required. Bamanankan language skills are a plus.

To learn more about this position download the complete job description here. To apply, please send a CV and cover letter to ari@projectmuso.org

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Weekly Global Health Notices, 7/11/2011 through 7/15/2011 and beyond

Summer internship opportunity


Maternova, a Providence-based startup company has a social mission — saving lives at birth.

We are seeking 1-2 summer interns with a background in public health or medicine, excellent writing and research skills and a passion for learning and thinking creatively.  We seek research interns to help keep our Innovation Index and blogs up to date and interesting.

Interns will be paid a stipend of $500 and expected to work 15 hours per week so as to supplement their internship with other paid employment.

For more information, please visit http://maternova.net.

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Weekly Global Health Notices, 5/2/2011 through 5/6/2011 and beyond

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:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TWP23GS

May 4, 2011:  Global Health & Medicine Lecture / Health and Human Security in the Middle East Seminar
THE GLOBAL HEALTH INITIATIVE and THE MIDDLE EAST STUDIES PROGRAM present

“Political Institutions and Access to Health Care in Lebanon”

Melani Cammett, PhD
Associate Professor of Political Science, Brown University

Yen-Ting Chen, PhD candidate
School of Public Health, Harvard University

Wednesday, May 4, 2011
5 – 6:30 PM
Biomed Center
Room 291 (Eddy Auditorium)

May 5, 2011:  Global Surgery Journal Club — first monthly meeting

Global Surgery Journal Club will meet at 5pm, the first Thursday of every month, at the same location. All are welcome!

Articles for review:
-Recasting the role of the surgeon in Uganda: a proposal to maximize the impact of surgery on public health.
Samuel Luboga, Moses Galukande and Doruk Ozgediz. Tropical Medicine and International Health, June 2009.

-Surgery and Global Health: A View from Beyond the OR.
Paul E. Farmer, Jim Y. Kim. World Journal of Surgery, March 2008.

Thursday, May 5, 2011
5 PM
Ambulatory Patient Center in the Department of Surgery
Room 415

May 13, 2011:  Health Disparities Forum and Call to Action

There are preventable differences in the health status of Rhode Islanders that are contributing to the escalating cost of healthcare.

From Health Disparities to Health Equity
A Statewide Call to Action
Reduce health disparities to achieve health equity through medical homes for all Rhode Islanders.

What is the cost impact to Rhode Island?
The Rhode Island Department of Health will present the results of their federally funded study examining the cost of health disparities in Rhode Island.

What are we doing right?
The community health centers have implemented strategies that are getting results! Hear what the health centers are doing to reduce disparities for their patients. Other stakeholders are using new approaches to address health disparities. Find out what insurers, hospitals, physicians and community agencies are doing and what new strategies are needed.

What are the next steps?
Join the call to action workgroup: “Health Equity Through Medical Homes”. In up to three facilitated sessions, this workgroup of key stakeholders will use the medical home as a framework to identify and prioritize strategies designed to reduce health disparities to achieve health equity for all Rhode Islanders.

May 13, 2011
9:30 – 11:30 AM
RI Department of Health Operations Center
Health Policy Forum Conference Room

Presented by: Rhode Island Department of Health, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Lifespan, and The Rhode Island Foundation. For more information please contact Risha Laster, 401-222 5924

May 16, 2011:  Application Deadline for Stanford-NBC Fellowship in Global Health Media

The Consortium of Universities for Global Health would like to draw your attention to an exciting opportunity open to medical students, residents, and faculty.  Stanford University’s Center for Global Health has partnered with NBC News to launch the first fellowship in Global Health Media to train a new generation of physicians to harness the power of media to enhance the impact work in global health.

KEY POINTS ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP:

  • Fellows will complete training programs through the Stanford University Graduate Program in Journalism and the Kaiser Family Foundation and with a renowned documentary filmmaker and an award-winning photographer
  • Fellows may intern with ProPublica and will be embedded with Dr. Nancy Snyderman, Chief Medical Editor for NBC News, and her producer
  • Opportunities to travel abroad on site to cover a story will also be made available
  • Upon completion of the Fellowship, the Fellow will be required to produce a publication on an in-depth topic of choice in global health
  • Each Fellow will receive a stipend of $60,000 US dollars
  • 12-month fellowship begins in June 2011

HOW TO APPLY:
The application form and all application materials must be submitted by the deadline (Monday, May 16, 2011).  Medical students who have completed their first two years of medical school, residents and faculty are eligible.

MAIL TO:

Joce Rodriguez
Center for Global Health
251 Campus Drive, x3C40
Stanford, CA 94305
P: 650.736.1043
F: 650.723.8596
E: joce@stanford.edu


APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED (VIA MAIL) BY MONDAY, MAY 16, 2011

We believe that this is a great opportunity to expand coverage in global health, a news sector that has been gravely affected by diminishing newsroom budgets.  If you have any questions, please contact Joce Rodriguez.

May 19, 2011:  Proposal Deadline for Gates Foundation Grant Opportunity

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is now accepting grant proposals for Round 7 of Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative to encourage innovative and unconventional global health solutions. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for profit companies.

Grant proposals are being accepted online until May 19, 2011 on the following topics:

* Explore Nutrition for Healthy Growth of Infants and Children
* Apply Synthetic Biology to Global Health Challenges
* The Poliovirus Endgame: Create Innovative Ways to Accelerate, Sustain, and Monitor Eradication
* Create the Next Generation of Sanitation Technologies
* Design New Approaches to Cure HIV Infection
* Create Low-Cost Cell Phone-Based Solutions for Improved Uptake and Coverage of Childhood Vaccinations

Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million.  Full descriptions of the new topics and application instructions are available at: www.grandchallenges.org/gce/

We are looking forward to receiving innovative ideas from around the world and from all disciplines. If you have a great idea, apply. If you know someone else who may have a great idea, please forward this message.

July 1, 2011:  Application Deadline — Global Health Certificate Program

The Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT) at the Harvard Medical School (HMS)
and the support of Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS – Italian Ministry of Health)

Present a
Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery

Certificate Training Program

This Global Mental Health Certificate Training Program offers a transformative training experience aimed at creating a network of global leaders for the health and mental health care of traumatized communities worldwide; a timely opportunity in light of the historical events in the Middle East, Haiti, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Sudan.

An intensive six-month blended learning experience (2 weeks onsite training in Italy followed by 5 months on the internet) with international faculty and trainees. HPRT/HMS/ISS Certificate of Course Completion.

See attached overview, brochure and application on the following website:
www.hprt-cambridge.org/globalhealth

Application Deadline: July 1st, 2011

Call for health professional volunteers in Zwedru, Liberia

Tiyatien Health (TH) is issuing an urgent call for health care volunteers to respond to the Ivorian refugee crisis. TH has provided community-based health care in rural southeastern Liberia since 2007.  With partners in the Liberian government, the United Nations, and NGOs, we are now responding to a major humanitarian emergency.   Due to violence in the Ivory Coast, more than 40,000 refugees have crossed into the communities where we work.  Our colleagues are stretched to the limit as food and health care shortages threaten thousands of lives.  We need your help.

TH is seeking 2 – 3 health care volunteers who could rapidly depart for Liberia and serve for a period of 8 – 12 weeks.  Volunteers will receive basic, secure accommodations in the TH guesthouse in Zwedru.  Work locations will be the TH clinic or adjacent Tubman Hospital, with regular day trips to refugee host communities.  Neither the US State Department nor Travel Security Online has raised concerns about the Liberian side of the border.  Our staff report feeling safe, and remain vigilant in close communication with the TH-US team.  Liberian host communities are sharing resources compassionately with displaced Ivorians.

Please also see this recent dispatch and photos for more information about the situation, and TH’s response: http://www.tiyatienhealth.org/press

Specific roles are described below.  Interested colleagues please send a CV to Brennan Bollman <brennanbollman@gmail.com>, who will answer questions and facilitate conversations with the TH leadership team.

1) CLINICAL RESPONSE COORDINATOR(S):

Supervised By: TH Clinical Director, Dr. Yesero Kalisa, and Program Coordinator, Christina Bethke.

Qualifications: MD, PA, or advanced nursing degree obtained. Experience implementing global health programs strongly preferred.  Exposure to humanitarian relief situations and French language skills are high assets.

# of Positions Available: 2

Tasks & Responsibilities:

  • 40% – Offer clinical supervision to TH’s response activities: ART treatment for HIV-positive refugees, triage and referral of the seriously-ill to hospital care, and possible treatment of malaria and other conditions through TH’s community health worker “accompaniers.”
  • 40% – Provide clinical support to Martha Tubman Memorial Hospital as needed, in partnership with Dr. Kalisa.  The hospital’s capacity is significantly stretched, with many refugees seeking care for urgent and trauma-related conditions.
  • 20% – Assist TH’s operational leadership (http://www.tiyatienhealth.org/who/) with adapting and scaling the response.  Help improve processes of communication, monitoring, and delivering quality care to refugees and their host communities.  Perform basic staff trainings and administrative tasks as needed.
  • With the TH team, uphold community-centered quality care as the guiding strength of our response to this crisis.

2) MENTAL HEALTH RESPONSE COORDINATOR:

Supervised By: TH Program Coordinator, Christina Bethke.

Qualifications: Medical or nursing degree in psychiatry OR masters degree in psychology. Experience implementing global health programs strongly preferred.  Exposure to humanitarian relief situations and French language skills are high assets.

Tasks & Responsibilities:

  • 40% – Develop and implement locally led response to mental health needs, as one of TH’s responsibilities within the coordinated humanitarian health relief.
    • Note: Liberian MH program leaders, along with a current TH volunteer, are beginning this process through needs assessment and basic trainings in self-care and showing compassion to others.  The Mental Health Response Coordinator is urgently needed to support and amplify these efforts.
  • 40% – Create and conduct trainings, and develop protocols as dictated by the Response Plan.  The U.S-based TH team of experienced mental health professionals, clinicians, and public health specialists will actively assist in this process.
  • 20% – Assist TH’s operational leadership (http://www.tiyatienhealth.org/who/) with adapting and scaling the response.  Help improve process of communication, monitoring, and delivering quality care to refugees and their host communities.  Perform basic staff trainings and administrative tasks as needed.
  • With the TH team, uphold community-centered quality care as the guiding strength of our response to this crisis.

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Weekly Global Health Notices, 4/25/2011 through 4/29/2011 and beyond

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:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TWP23GS

April 28, 2011:  Health and Human Security in the Middle East Seminar

THE MIDDLE EAST STUDIES PROGRAM presents

“Occupational Health: The Treatment of Migrant Workers in the Arab Gulf States”

Sarah Leah Whitson, JD
Director of the Middle East/North Africa Division, Human Rights Watch

Thursday, April 28, 2011
12 PM
Hunter Auditorium
89 Waterman Street

April 29, 2011:  CFAR Special Presentation

“A New Era for HIV Prevention”

Ann Kurth, RN, CNM, PhD
Director, Global Health Initiatives
Professor, New York University College of Nursing

Friday, April 29, 2011
3 – 4 PM
Hurvitz Conference Room 1
The Miriam Hospital (164 Summit Avenue)

For information, call 401-793-4867 or e-mail Rdicesare@Lifespan.org

May 4, 2011:  Global Health & Medicine Lecture / Health and Human Security in the Middle East Seminar
THE GLOBAL HEALTH INITIATIVE and THE MIDDLE EAST STUDIES PROGRAM present

“Political Institutions and Access to Health Care in Lebanon”

Melani Cammett, PhD
Associate Professor of Political Science, Brown University

Yen-Ting Chen, PhD candidate
School of Public Health, Harvard University

Wednesday, May 4, 2011
5 – 6:30 PM
Biomed Center
Room 291 (Eddy Auditorium)

May 13, 2011:  Health Disparities Forum and Call to Action

There are preventable differences in the health status of Rhode Islanders that are contributing to the escalating cost of healthcare.

From Health Disparities to Health Equity
A Statewide Call to Action
Reduce health disparities to achieve health equity through medical homes for all Rhode Islanders.

What is the cost impact to Rhode Island?
The Rhode Island Department of Health will present the results of their federally funded study examining the cost of health disparities in Rhode Island.

What are we doing right?
The community health centers have implemented strategies that are getting results! Hear what the health centers are doing to reduce disparities for their patients. Other stakeholders are using new approaches to address health disparities. Find out what insurers, hospitals, physicians and community agencies are doing and what new strategies are needed.

What are the next steps?
Join the call to action workgroup: “Health Equity Through Medical Homes”. In up to three facilitated sessions, this workgroup of key stakeholders will use the medical home as a framework to identify and prioritize strategies designed to reduce health disparities to achieve health equity for all Rhode Islanders.

May 13, 2011
9:30 – 11:30 AM
RI Department of Health Operations Center
Health Policy Forum Conference Room

Presented by: Rhode Island Department of Health, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Lifespan, and The Rhode Island Foundation. For more information please contact Risha Laster, 401-222 5924

May 16, 2011:  Application Deadline for Stanford-NBC Fellowship in Global Health Media

The Consortium of Universities for Global Health would like to draw your attention to an exciting opportunity open to medical students, residents, and faculty.  Stanford University’s Center for Global Health has partnered with NBC News to launch the first fellowship in Global Health Media to train a new generation of physicians to harness the power of media to enhance the impact work in global health.

KEY POINTS ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP:

  • Fellows will complete training programs through the Stanford University Graduate Program in Journalism and the Kaiser Family Foundation and with a renowned documentary filmmaker and an award-winning photographer
  • Fellows may intern with ProPublica and will be embedded with Dr. Nancy Snyderman, Chief Medical Editor for NBC News, and her producer
  • Opportunities to travel abroad on site to cover a story will also be made available
  • Upon completion of the Fellowship, the Fellow will be required to produce a publication on an in-depth topic of choice in global health
  • Each Fellow will receive a stipend of $60,000 US dollars
  • 12-month fellowship begins in June 2011

HOW TO APPLY:
The application form and all application materials must be submitted by the deadline (Monday, May 16, 2011).  Medical students who have completed their first two years of medical school, residents and faculty are eligible.

MAIL TO:

Joce Rodriguez
Center for Global Health
251 Campus Drive, x3C40
Stanford, CA 94305
P: 650.736.1043
F: 650.723.8596
E: joce@stanford.edu


APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED (VIA MAIL) BY MONDAY, MAY 16, 2011

We believe that this is a great opportunity to expand coverage in global health, a news sector that has been gravely affected by diminishing newsroom budgets.  If you have any questions, please contact Joce Rodriguez.

May 19, 2011:  Proposal Deadline for Gates Foundation Grant Opportunity

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is now accepting grant proposals for Round 7 of Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative to encourage innovative and unconventional global health solutions. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for profit companies.

Grant proposals are being accepted online until May 19, 2011 on the following topics:

* Explore Nutrition for Healthy Growth of Infants and Children
* Apply Synthetic Biology to Global Health Challenges
* The Poliovirus Endgame: Create Innovative Ways to Accelerate, Sustain, and Monitor Eradication
* Create the Next Generation of Sanitation Technologies
* Design New Approaches to Cure HIV Infection
* Create Low-Cost Cell Phone-Based Solutions for Improved Uptake and Coverage of Childhood Vaccinations

Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million.  Full descriptions of the new topics and application instructions are available at: www.grandchallenges.org/gce/

We are looking forward to receiving innovative ideas from around the world and from all disciplines. If you have a great idea, apply. If you know someone else who may have a great idea, please forward this message.

July 1, 2011:  Application Deadline — Global Health Certificate Program

The Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT) at the Harvard Medical School (HMS)
and the support of Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS – Italian Ministry of Health)

Present a
Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery

Certificate Training Program

This Global Mental Health Certificate Training Program offers a transformative training experience aimed at creating a network of global leaders for the health and mental health care of traumatized communities worldwide; a timely opportunity in light of the historical events in the Middle East, Haiti, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Sudan.

An intensive six-month blended learning experience (2 weeks onsite training in Italy followed by 5 months on the internet) with international faculty and trainees. HPRT/HMS/ISS Certificate of Course Completion.

See attached overview, brochure and application on the following website:
www.hprt-cambridge.org/globalhealth

Application Deadline: July 1st, 2011

Call for health professional volunteers in Zwedru, Liberia

Tiyatien Health (TH) is issuing an urgent call for health care volunteers to respond to the Ivorian refugee crisis. TH has provided community-based health care in rural southeastern Liberia since 2007.  With partners in the Liberian government, the United Nations, and NGOs, we are now responding to a major humanitarian emergency.   Due to violence in the Ivory Coast, more than 40,000 refugees have crossed into the communities where we work.  Our colleagues are stretched to the limit as food and health care shortages threaten thousands of lives.  We need your help.

TH is seeking 2 – 3 health care volunteers who could rapidly depart for Liberia and serve for a period of 8 – 12 weeks.  Volunteers will receive basic, secure accommodations in the TH guesthouse in Zwedru.  Work locations will be the TH clinic or adjacent Tubman Hospital, with regular day trips to refugee host communities.  Neither the US State Department nor Travel Security Online has raised concerns about the Liberian side of the border.  Our staff report feeling safe, and remain vigilant in close communication with the TH-US team.  Liberian host communities are sharing resources compassionately with displaced Ivorians.

Please also see this recent dispatch and photos for more information about the situation, and TH’s response: http://www.tiyatienhealth.org/press

Specific roles are described below.  Interested colleagues please send a CV to Brennan Bollman <brennanbollman@gmail.com>, who will answer questions and facilitate conversations with the TH leadership team.

1) CLINICAL RESPONSE COORDINATOR(S):

Supervised By: TH Clinical Director, Dr. Yesero Kalisa, and Program Coordinator, Christina Bethke.

Qualifications: MD, PA, or advanced nursing degree obtained. Experience implementing global health programs strongly preferred.  Exposure to humanitarian relief situations and French language skills are high assets.

# of Positions Available: 2

Tasks & Responsibilities:

  • 40% – Offer clinical supervision to TH’s response activities: ART treatment for HIV-positive refugees, triage and referral of the seriously-ill to hospital care, and possible treatment of malaria and other conditions through TH’s community health worker “accompaniers.”
  • 40% – Provide clinical support to Martha Tubman Memorial Hospital as needed, in partnership with Dr. Kalisa.  The hospital’s capacity is significantly stretched, with many refugees seeking care for urgent and trauma-related conditions.
  • 20% – Assist TH’s operational leadership (http://www.tiyatienhealth.org/who/) with adapting and scaling the response.  Help improve processes of communication, monitoring, and delivering quality care to refugees and their host communities.  Perform basic staff trainings and administrative tasks as needed.
  • With the TH team, uphold community-centered quality care as the guiding strength of our response to this crisis.

2) MENTAL HEALTH RESPONSE COORDINATOR:

Supervised By: TH Program Coordinator, Christina Bethke.

Qualifications: Medical or nursing degree in psychiatry OR masters degree in psychology. Experience implementing global health programs strongly preferred.  Exposure to humanitarian relief situations and French language skills are high assets.

Tasks & Responsibilities:

  • 40% – Develop and implement locally led response to mental health needs, as one of TH’s responsibilities within the coordinated humanitarian health relief.
    • Note: Liberian MH program leaders, along with a current TH volunteer, are beginning this process through needs assessment and basic trainings in self-care and showing compassion to others.  The Mental Health Response Coordinator is urgently needed to support and amplify these efforts.
  • 40% – Create and conduct trainings, and develop protocols as dictated by the Response Plan.  The U.S-based TH team of experienced mental health professionals, clinicians, and public health specialists will actively assist in this process.
  • 20% – Assist TH’s operational leadership (http://www.tiyatienhealth.org/who/) with adapting and scaling the response.  Help improve process of communication, monitoring, and delivering quality care to refugees and their host communities.  Perform basic staff trainings and administrative tasks as needed.
  • With the TH team, uphold community-centered quality care as the guiding strength of our response to this crisis.

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Job opportunity: Edesia, LLC

Job Opportunity:  Accounting and Customer Service Assistant, Edesia, LLC

Edesia is a young non-profit based in Providence that is dedicated to the treatment and prevention of malnutrition in the developing world.  Toward this mission, they produce high quality peanut-based pastes that are used for treatment and prevention, collaborate on related research and support of producers of these types of foods in the developing world. They are currently seeking an entry-level Accounting and Customer Service Assistant.

Accounting and Customer Service Assistant

Responsibilities
• Assist the Finance Director with general accounting functions including, but not limited to: processing accounts receivable, managing month-end general ledger close and associated analysis, preparing financial statements and other ad hoc reports as requested, inventory valuations and management.
• Lead the customer service and finished good, small order sales function by: fielding customer inquiries, soliciting shipping quotes, preparing small order quotes, coordinating timely shipments and associated documentation, overseeing follow-up and invoice completion, and other related tasks.
• Support the communications department by: participating in writing donor letters, preparing meeting notes and updating contact lists and other databases, preparing materials for conferences and travel, and other related tasks.

Qualifications
Required:
– 2-3 years experience in general accounting.
– Expertise with QuickBooks and Microsoft Office software.
– Customer service experience.
– Non-profit accounting experience.
– Respect deadlines and attention to details
Preferred:
– Experience with grants administration, especially federal (USAID and other) grants.
– Fluency in French and/or Spanish
– College experience in business administration or related field.

To apply

E-mail a cover letter and resume to  jobs@edesiallc.orgThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Your cover letter should include date of availability and salary requirements and address why you are a good fit for the position.
A member of our team will contact you in the next two weeks.

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