UC Global Health Institute
MAY 2011
  Directors’ Update

We are very pleased to announce that the UCGHI has received a $1 million gift from an anonymous donor to fund a scholarship and fellowship program. The funds will be instrumental in continuing our efforts to plan and implement cross-campus global health education programs.

The gift is but one reminder of the excitement and energy for global health that students and faculty across the UC system inspire in others.

In these newsletters we shine a light on some of the work these faculty and students are doing. In this edition we feature an anthropology PhD candidate from UC San Diego and a program at UC Davis that develops energy solutions in the developing world.

We hope you enjoy reading these profiles, as well as other news from the UCGHI Centers of Expertise and beyond. And we thank you for your continued interest in, and support of, global health at UC.

— Haile T. Debas, MD, UCGHI director and Thomas Coates, PhD, UCGHI co-director

UCGHI Opportunities
Women’s Health & Empowerment Summer Institute at UCLA

The Women’s Health & Empowerment Summer Institute is a new intensive four-credit interdisciplinary program offered by the University of California Global Health Institute at the UCLA campus from Aug 22 - Sept 2, 2011. A final paper will be due electronically on Sept 12, 2011. The Institute’s main purpose is to provide graduate students with core knowledge and skills from several disciplines on how to improve women’s health and well-being globally. For more information, visit the Summer Institute website or download the flyer.

6th Summer Institute on Migration and Global Health

The 6th Summer Institute on Migration and Global Health will take place June 20-24, 2011 in Berkeley and Oakland. Participants attending the Summer Institute will benefit from important discussion on migration and health. The event offers researches, faculty, graduate student, postdoctoral scholars and professionals working with migrant communities around the world, a unique opportunity to come and learn from an international perspective, different health issues that affect mobile populations. The event is a showcase for research from scholars not only from the US and the UC system, but also for research from international researchers, universities and institutions. The five-day course is taught by highly recognized international experts and offers a combination of lectures, workshops, and field trips, in various topics related to migration and health. The UC Center of Expertise on Migration and Health (COEMH) in partnership with the Health Initiative of the Americas (HIA) and the Migration and Health Research Center (MAHRC) are offering a special research track at the Summer Institute for UC graduate students, recent postdocs, and junior faculty attending the Summer Institute. Register Now »

One Health Student Summer Research Fellowships Awarded to Students from Four UC Campuses

In its first year, the One Health Student Summer Research Fellowship Program received 69 applications from graduate and professional students on eight of the UC campuses. The diversity and quality of the proposals were impressive. The Scientific Review Committee of seven faculty and one external advisory member selected eight students from four UC campuses to receive $5,000 each to conduct their research projects between June and October 2011. These students and their mentors are to be congratulated. We look forward to seeing the outcomes from their projects at the UC Global Health Day to be held at UC Berkeley in 2012. Student bios and project descriptions »

Global Health Profiles

Each UCGHI newsletter will highlight talented faculty, students and staff across the UC system who are making important contributions to global health.

  Whitney L. Duncan, MA
PhD Candidate, Anthropology
UC San Diego

To tackle formidable problems in global health, scholars come from a wide range of disciplines. PhD candidate Whitney Duncan never guessed as an English Literature major at Columbia University that she would be conducting studies on mental health and migration in Oaxaca, Mexico. Duncan worked as a freelance writer and editor for several years after graduating. Her experience at El Diario, a Spanish language newspaper in New York, combined with growing involvement with the migrant farmworker community in the Hudson Valley, solidified her interest in working with the Latino community. “I wanted a deeper understanding of the issues I was drawn to journalistically, particularly migration and mental health,” says Duncan. “I felt strongly about approaching these problems through long-term research on both sides of the border.”
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  Program for International Energy Technologies
Kurt Kornbluth, PhD
UC Davis

Responding to the needs of developing countries for low-cost, clean and efficient energy is the cornerstone of the Program for International Energy Technologies (PIET) and “D-Lab” at UC Davis. Part of the Energy Efficiency Center, PIET has built a multi-disciplinary program to engage UC Davis students and faculty to address energy-related issues in underserved communities and to develop market-based models for sustainable development. “D Lab” is a two-course series engaging multi-disciplinary student teams and faculty mentors in five lab modules in which students gain hands-on experience studying appropriate renewable energy technologies. Bridging the gap between community need, existing technologies and the marketplace is a passion for PIET Director Kurt Kornbluth, PhD.
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News from the UCGHI Centers of Expertise

The UCGHI Centers of Expertise (COEs) are harnessing UC faculty expertise to address the increasingly complex global health problems and needs of the world’s most vulnerable populations. In the UCGHI’s first year, the COEs have established governance structures involving hundreds of faculty across the 10-campus UC system, designed signature research projects and implemented new global health courses.

Read more about the COEs’ activities:

  • - Migration & Health - Upcoming events; opportunities; presentations and conferences; published articles; courses; research and training programs
  • - One Health - Summer fellowships awarded to UC students; Toxic Earth Symposium; One Health education initiatives; Seminars on UCTV
  • - Women’s Health & Empowerment - Summer Institute at UCLA


UCSD opens new student-run clinic in Tijuana, Mexico

CUGH and UCGHI host webinar with USAID on April 14, 2011; slides and transcript available

  Upcoming Events

Summer Institue at UCLA
Global Women’s Health and Empowerment
August 22 - September 2, 2011

6th Summer Institute on Migration and Global Health
June 20 - 24, 2011
Berkeley & Oakland, CA

Global Health Activities at Every UC Campus
MAY 2011 - UCGHI Newsletter

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