UC Global Health Institute
NOVEMBER 2012
  Directors’ Update

This month UCGHI marks its third anniversary (we launched on November 9, 2009). Through multi-campus and multidisciplinary collaboration, our dedicated team of staff, faculty and supporters has been tenacious in pursuing the UCGHI's goals of producing leaders and practitioners of global health, conducting innovative research, and developing collaborative partnerships.

All of our new funding opportunities have received immense interest from students and faculty from within and outside the UC system. We are currently reviewing submissions received for the UCGHI Student and Junior Faculty Fellowship program.
This exciting new funding opportunity will support students and junior faculty in the development of global health research, education and leadership skills. The UCGHI GloCal Health Fellowship is now accepting applications for its second cohort of fellows. The 2013-2014 deadline is December 3rd. Keep reading to learn more about this program, including a profile of one of the current fellows, UCSF pediatrician, Hilary Wolf. The One Health Center of Expertise at UC Riverside also announces five doctoral students selected for its inaugural cohort of Water SENSE IGERT fellows, who will engage in applied research that can improve water quantity and quality. UCGHI is proud to offer such opportunities that address the need for a workforce prepared to tackle the world's greatest health problems.

In the last year, the UCGHI Education Committee has made significant progress in planning a joint Masters degree program that, if approved, will be offered at three campuses—UC Davis, UC Riverside and UC San Diego. The proposal is currently being reviewed by campus leadership, with anticipated approval in 2014.

On February 23rd, UC Riverside will host our third UC Global Health Day. Submissions for poster abstracts and breakout session proposals are due soon on November 21st, so submit your abstract or proposal today!

In the meantime, we wish you a healthy and productive fall season.

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

UC Global Health Day — Abstract and Proposal Submissions Deadline November 21st

The UCGHI invites submissions of abstracts and proposals for UC Global Health Day on February 23, 2013 at UC Riverside. A showcase for research, training and outreach in global health across the 10 campuses of the University of California, UC Global Health Day is a unique opportunity to hear from faculty, students and staff about the diversity of global health work they are doing around the world. The day will feature plenary sessions, posters and several concurrent breakout sessions covering a broad range of global health topics. Keynote addresses will be made by Ezekiel J. Emanuel and Barbara J. Natterson-Horowitz.The submission deadline is Wednesday, November 21st. Submit your abstract or proposal today!

UCGHI GloCal Fellowship Applications Due December 3rd - Now Open to All 10 UC Campuses

The UCGHI GloCal Health Fellowship is now accepting applications for 2013-2014. The deadline is December 3rd. Candidates from all 10 UC campuses are encouraged to apply. This program is an excellent way for junior faculty, post-docs and advanced UC doctoral and professional students to receive hands-on, mentored research training at an international collaborating institution. Trainees are matched with top-tier global health faculty program mentors, thus engaging in rich and enduring mentored research experiences that will foster scientific and career development in global health research.

GloCal Fellow Profile: Hilary Wolf, UCSF

UCSF pediatric fellow Hilary Wolf has found a way to integrate her dual interests in adolescent reproductive health and global health. Last spring she successfully applied to the UCGHI GloCal Health Fellowship program, allowing her to live in Kenya for most of the year, conducting research on why HIV-infected adolescents are lost to follow-up (LTFU) at such high rates. "There is a dearth of published studies identifying the reasons for LTFU of HIV+ adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), thus limiting our ability to design feasible, acceptable and effective interventions for this large population of HIV-infected individuals," says Wolf. "Given the enormous burden of disease among adolescents and the life-long nature of treatment, enrollment and retention in HIV care are essential." Read more >

UCGHI Awards Scholarships to UCSF Global Health Students

UCGHI recently awarded a total of $30,000 to eight students of the UCSF Masters program in Global Health Sciences. The first of its kind in the UC, the Global Health Sciences (GHS) MS degree program is a one-year, four-quarter program designed for students or practitioners in a health science profession or related field who wish to achieve mastery and leadership skills in the emerging field of global health. The students will use these scholarships to pursue their broad-ranging interests, from health care policy to innovations in health care delivery.

News from the UC Haiti Initiative

Leaders from UC Haiti, a UCGHI-affiliated student initiative, spent the summer expanding the reach of its system-wide network, training a new country director and ensuring that UCHI would hit the ground running in California and Haiti as the UC academic year commenced this fall. Also UCHI leadership gained the support of eight UCHI Affiliated Faculty, were officially recognized by UC President Mark Yudof with an Award for Excellence in Student Leadership, and co-hosted major events on the UCSB and UCSF campuses. Read more >

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.

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NOVEMBER 2012 - UCGHI Newsletter

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