Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Internship on Poverty and Adolescent Behavior--University of Alabama

Additional information about the internship and application
instructions are available at www.ches.ua.edu/mys

Note: housing, meals and gas allowance provided.

The University of Alabama is offering a summer research internship for
students interested in studying neighborhood poverty and its impact on
adolescent behavior. Students who participate in the internship, which
is in its 14th year, will conduct a survey of adolescents living in
public housing and other very low-income neighborhoods in Mobile and
Prichard, Alabama.

This longitudinal survey, which has been
administered annually since 1998 and has been funded by the National
Institute for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the National
Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC), addresses challenges that young people face as
they grow up in impoverished neighborhoods, including violence, alcohol
and drug use, sexual behavior, psychosocial development, and family
dynamics. We are soliciting applications from students who would like
to participate in this unique learning experience. Interns, who may be
either undergraduate or graduate students, will be required to live in
Mobile between May 23, 2011 and July 29, 2011.

The first week, they
will receive rigorous training for the project, including recruiting
research participants, interviewing, and the general conduct of field
research. Following training, interns will go out in the field; their
work will involve door-to-door recruitment of survey participants (to
obtain parental permission and informed consent and to schedule a
survey time), documentation of the recruitment efforts, and data
collection (through administration of the survey in both group and
individual settings). Interns will receive housing; a meal allowance (¡Ö
$140 per week); and a gas allowance (¡Ö $35
per week) if they bring a car. General work hours are between 9:00 AM
and 6:00 PM, with some limited weekend work required. We will accept 20-
30 student interns into the program. In the past, we have accepted
students from a variety of social science and related disciplines,
including Public Health, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Political
Science, Criminal Justice, Human Development, African American Studies,
Women's Studies, Education, and Biology. All interns will have access
to the data for academic purposes. A number of students have completed
master¡¯s theses using these data, and 11 have completed doctoral
dissertations using the data. Internship applicants should have good
communication skills, be able to work well in a team setting, and be
sensitive to issues of race and poverty. Our preference is for interns
who can spend the entire ten week period in Mobile. However, during
past years we have accommodated some students who have not been able to
join us until early June. Also, we understand that many students have
prior commitments and will have to be gone for a week or two during the
summer; we can accommodate this as well. For more information, please
contact John Bolland (telephone number, e-mail address, and mailing
address are listed below). Interested students should send a statement
indicating their interest and a resume, and have two references send
letters of support, by March 21, 2011, although we will continue
accepting applications through the end of April.

Additional information about the internship and application
instructions are available at www.ches.ua.edu/mys

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


• CDC (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-07-231.html)
• Fogarty Institute (NIH) (http://www.fic.nih.gov/funding/directory_fellowships.htm)

Job Opportunities

• American Muslim Health Professionals (http://www.amhp.us/jobs.php)

o Program manager
o Project coordinator
o Public Health Campaign Interns

• Emerging Pandemic Threats Country Coordinator, Uganda , Global Health Fellows Program (http://www.usaid.gov/careers/fellows/fp_ghfp.html)

On-Campus Activities

• SPM seminar, Apr 15: Household water treatment (Christine Stauber)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Mt. Sinai School of Medicine 9th Annual Global Health Conference Poster Session

Abstract Deadline: February 15

Mount Sinai School of Medicine's 9th Annual Global Health Conference Poster Session

We are pleased to announce Mount Sinai School of Medicine's 9th Annual Global Health Conference scheduled for March 11-12th, 2011. We invite students at your institution to participate in the poster session at the event on March 12. The theme of this year's conference is the global threat of toxins. Abstracts related to this theme are welcome, but a broad range of subject matter is encouraged.

Each school is invited to select 3 abstracts from their global health trainee body to be submitted to the Associated Medical Schools of New York (AMSNY). Eligible abstracts must be written by current students of participating institutions, and must be describe research or interventions related to the health of local or domestic underservered populations. A prize will be awarded for the best abstract and poster, as judged by an invited committee, and based upon a set of criteria indicated in the guidelines.

The deadline for abstracts is February 15, 2011. For more information, please contact info@amsny.org. For conference agenda and registration, please visit http://globaltoxins.eventbrite.com

Environmental Internship (GEH) at CDC/ATSDR

Environmental Internship

Graduate Environmental Health program (GEH)

Opportunity Announcement

CDC/ATSDR's National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic
Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR) is offering a 10-week summer
internship program for graduate students. The Graduate Environmental Health
program (GEH) is a paid ten week summer internship available for graduate
students with majors or interests deemed to be in support of environmental
health missions at NCEH/ATSDR. During the program interns will be assigned
to projects that utilize the skills they've acquired through graduate
studies and personal experiences. Interns will also be able to take
advantage of lecture series and other opportunities offered at the CDC.
Interns will receive a $750 weekly stipend while participating in this
program. The mission of the internship is to offer selected students a
broad overview of environmental health at the federal level and to foster
an interest in environmental health as a career. Applicants should have a
passion for the environment and an eagerness to learn about the
environment's link to human health.


· Application deadline: Monday, February 28, 2011

· Notification to intern of acceptance: Friday, April 1, 2011

· Acceptance of internship offer by student and initiation of
paperwork: Wednesday, April 6, 2011

· Internship dates: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 -- Friday, August 12,

Note: CDC will review applications and make final award selections.

Eligibility Requirements

1. US Citizen or Permanent Resident with green card

2. Currently enrolled full-time in a college/university as a graduate
student in a degree granting program

3. Interests and/or studies that are applicable to the field of
environmental health

4. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0

5. Proof of health insurance

Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale


You and your colleagues may be interested in attending or presenting at the Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale, which is the world's largest global health conference as well as the largest social entrepreneurship conference. 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. The registration rate increases after February 15.

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

"A Meeting of Minds"--CNN

Registration & Details (Registration rate increases after February 15): http://www.uniteforsight.org/conference

200 speakers, including keynote addresses by Ken Cook, Victoria Hale, Jeffrey Sachs, and Sonia Sachs. Social innovation sessions by CEOs and Directors of Save The Children, Ashoka, Endeavor, mothers2mothers, VillageReach, Water.org, and many others. The conference schedule can be seen at http://www.uniteforsight.org/conference

The conference convenes more than 2,200 students and professionals from 55 countries who are interested in global health and international development, public health, medicine, social entrepreneurship, nonprofits, filmmaking and photography, social media, philanthropy, microfinance, human rights, anthropology, health policy, advocacy, public service, environmental health, and education.

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.

Mark Diamond Research Fund

The Spring deadline for Mark Diamond Research Fund (MDRF) applications is Friday, February 18th, 2011. Grant applications are for research to be conducted April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2012. The MDRF Director will be holding grant writing workshops on the dates below to go over the application, instructions, the review process and to answer any questions:

Thursday, February 3rd at 2:00pm in 145A Student Union

Wednesday, February 9th at 10:00am in 145A Student Union

If you have any questions, please contact Sierra at gsa-mdrf@buffalo.edu.

Recommended Memberships

ASTMH is making memberships more affordable:


In this issue:

Society Makes Student Memberships Easier
Jeffrey Sachs, PhD, to Keynote 2011 ASTMH Annual Meeting in Philadelphia
U.S. Congress Returns With New Priorities
What's Happening With Federal Funding for Research?
AJTMH in the News
Benjamin Kean Traveling Fellowship Applications Due March 2
2011 Dues Renewal: Spread the Word
Students and Trainees: We've Just Made it Easier to Advance Your Career!

The Council unanimously agreed to change the student membership dues to a very affordable $15 for undergraduate, graduate/pre-doctoral students; $25 for post-doctoral. Investing in the young generation is a top priority for the Society’s leadership. On his first day as president, Peter Hotez committed that “we must capture the imagination of this new generation of eager young people who have fallen in love with global health and with the people affected by these diseases.” Make the Society your Society.

While ASTMH depends on membership dues for its operating budget, we recognize that students and trainees are the future of the Society. Investing in this new generation is an investment in the future of tropical medicine and global health. Help us help you create your future.

Jeffrey Sachs, PhD, to Address ASTMH 60th Annual Meeting, Dec. 4-8, in Philadelphia

The Society is very pleased to announce that Professor Jeffrey Sachs will deliver the opening plenary address at the 60th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. Sachs is director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is also Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. He is widely considered to be the leading international economic advisor of his generation.

For more than 20 years Sachs has been at the forefront of the challenges of economic development, poverty alleviation, and enlightened globalization, promoting policies to help all parts of the world to benefit from expanding economic opportunities and well-being. He is also one of the leading voices for combining economic development with environmental sustainability, and as Director of the Earth Institute, leads large-scale efforts to promote the mitigation of human-induced climate change.

Stay tuned for additional announcements that will set the stage for a historic meeting bringing together the most influential science and policy leaders in global health and tropical medicine.

U.S. Congress Returns With New Priorities

The 112th Congress was sworn in on Wednesday, January 5. There are a total of 96 new members of the House of Representatives and 16 new Senators, bringing the House party ratio to 242 Republicans and 193 Democrats, and the Senate party ratio to 53 Democrats and 47 Republicans. The Republicans are securely in control of the House of Representatives and have set forth a strict agenda to cut funding possibly back to 2008 levels.

Given the tough fiscal environment and funding challenge, ASTMH must continue to advocate for essential funding for global health programs at NIH, CDC, USAID and DOD. Now, more than ever, we will rely on you, our members, to speak up for the funds and programs needed to prevent and control diseases and conditions that disproportionately afflict the global poor.

That said, the new Congress means new opportunities for champion building for tropical medicine and global health issues. In the first year of the new Congress, we will focus on efforts to better inform newly elected policymakers about our issues and the essential role that the U.S. plays in improving health worldwide.

...Speaking of Congress, where are we on federal funding for research?

On December 14, the Senate Appropriations Committee released an omnibus spending bill for FY2011 that included a $750 million increase for the NIH, for a total of $31.8 billion in funding. However, three days later, the bill was withdrawn due to lack of support. In its place, the committee released a longer-term continuing resolution (C.R.) that would provide funding through March 4. In this version of the bill, funding for NIH, CDC and USAID would remain at the enacted (same) levels from FY2010.

The prospect of a prolonged C.R. poses a major challenge for the NIH as it received significant increases in FY2009 from stimulus investments and will face a diminished capacity for supporting new scientists under flat budgets. Consideration for FY2011 appropriations will be left to the 112th Congress. New members of the 112th Congress have voiced concerns over spending in Washington, and many have pledged to reduce government spending.

AJTMH in the News

Based on an article in December issue of AJTMH, the press release, “Giant African Rats Successfully Detect Tuberculosis More Accurately Than Commonly Used Techniques,” was picked up by more than 30 news outlets, including The New York Times and Voice of America. Additional outlets ranged from Science News, U.S. News and World Report to DOTmed News, eBioNews and Zambia News.

All ASTMH members, including students/trainees, receive the Journal as a benefit of membership.

Benjamin H. Kean Traveling Fellowship in Tropical Medicine

Application deadline: March 2

This fellowship provides travel expenses for medical students who arrange clinical tropical medicine or tropical medicine research electives in areas afflicted by tropical diseases. Complete the application today.

2011 Dues Renewal

The 2011 electronic dues renewal notices have been sent. Don't let your Society benefits expire. Renew your ASTMH dues easily and securely online. While you're logged in, get involved in a subgroup to make the most of your experience.

Ongoing Fellowships--ASPH/CDC


ASPH/CDC Allan Rosenfield Global Health Fellowship Program

ASPH/CDC Allan Rosenfield Global Health Fellowship Program


ASPH/CDC Allan Rosenfield Global Health Fellowship Program
In recognition of a career dedicated to improving the health of the world’s most vulnerable populations, ASPH, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), established a fellowship in honor of Dr. Allan Rosenfield, former Dean of the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. The Allan Rosenfield Global Health Fellowship Program provides international training opportunities for recent graduates of ASPH member accredited schools of public health (MPH and Doctoral level).

What does the ASPH Fellowship offer you
The fellowship is an outstanding training opportunity to learn from leading global health experts in CDC headquarters in Atlanta as well as various international posts. The students selected as Allan Rosenfield Global Health Fellows are expected to involve themselves, as Dr. Rosenfield did throughout his career, in all aspects of global health. Dr. Rosenfield touched many corners of public health as a leader addressing issues from women’s health to HIV/AIDS to advocating healthcare for the poor and disadvantaged. His commitment to improving lives in neighborhoods not only close to us, but in places such as rural sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, leaves behind a strong and powerful footprint that we hope to motivate our fellows to follow during the period of their fellowship and throughout their public health career.

The purpose of the fellowship program is to enhance training of graduates of the schools of public health with an interest in global health and HIV/AIDS. The training offered through this program will expand the global health prevention workforce and provide fellows an opportunity to gain practical, first-hand experience on the front lines of international public health. Fellows will benefit from an opportunity to apply and translate academic knowledge of public health to real world situations.

When and where are the Fellowships offered?
International fellowships may be placed within a global health program at CDC headquarters in Atlanta, or in one of the 50 foreign countries where CDC is working with the Ministry of Health and other Public Health partners, depending on the needs of the program. Additional travel during the fellowship period may be required depending on program activities and priorities. Exact geographical locations will not be determined until the final placement process. At that time, successful applicants will be offered positions and notified of the geographic location for that particular position. The selected fellows will be required to relocate to the fellowship assignment locations.

Once a candidate has accepted a fellowship position, he/she will receive detailed information on the logistics for the fellowship program and the fellowship position. Prior to leaving for the fellowship assignment locations, fellows will be required to travel to CDC in Atlanta, GA for a 10-day orientation in mid-September 2010. Fellowship assignments will begin following Orientation.

To be eligible for this program, applicants must have received their Masters or Doctorate degree prior to the beginning of the fellowship (no later than August 2010) or within the last five years (no earlier than May 2005). Graduate degrees must come from an ASPH member graduate school of public health accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). All applicants must be U.S. citizens or hold a visa permitting permanent residence (“Green Card”) in the U.S. to be eligible for the fellowship program.

Fellowship Stipend
An annual training stipend of $40,949 is provided and is intended to cover all personal living expenses. The stipend will be paid in semi-monthly installments during the course of the fellowship. In addition to the fellowship stipend, fellows will have various expense allowances available to them to cover additional expenses (including health insurance and travel costs). Allowances will vary depending on the location of the fellowship and anticipated travel needs.

How are Fellows selected?
A review committee composed of faculty members from ASPH member schools of public health with expertise in global health issues will complete the objective review of the applications on the following criteria: quality of essay, strength of credentials, previous professional experience; and letters of recommendation. Applicants may be contacted by the committee for additional information and/or clarification of information relevant to the application. Following this review, all applications receiving a qualifying score will be sent to CDC for final review and technical selection. At CDC, technical advisors review the applications along with the faculty review comments to assess which of the candidates applying for the individual projects are most suited for the fellowship.

How do I apply to the program?
There are two components to the application process, the completion of the online application system and mailing of ONE set of hard copy documents to ASPH in ONE package. The following lists all documents required to apply:

1.An essay (1500 word max) for each training area to which you are applying explaining your interests, strengths and qualifications for that position and how it will benefit your long-term career plans in the field of public health.
3.Two references - Name, email and phone number.
Hard copy documents:
1.Two Generic Letters of Recommendation (from the references provided in the online application). Must be on a letter head with contact information and original signature. Does not need to be in a sealed envelope. Please request your recommenders to not fold or staple recommendation letters.
2.Signature Page available upon submitting the online application. You will need to print, and sign. Please do not fold or staple pages.
3.Official Graduate Transcripts (School of Public Health only). This will need to be in a sealed envelope issued by your school.
4.A copy of your Green card, if you are not a US Citizen.

Global Health Corps

Global Health Corps seeks your support to find some of the world's most promising emerging leaders. Applications for the 2011-2012 fellowship year are now open at apply.ghcorps.org! We are excited to offer fellowship positions in Burundi, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, and the US.

In order to find the best candidates to serve as fellows within our outstanding partner organizations, we need your help to spread the word. We really appreciate your support and are excited about finding exceptional emerging leaders to serve as Global Health Corps fellows! Please forward the flyer below widely.

Ongoing Opportunities-Healthy World Foundation


The HealthyWorld Foundation (http://www.healthyworldfoundation.org) will provide 3 Global Health Fellowships in 2011. Funds pay primarily for necessary travel, room and board. The in-country stay would typically be a month. Students would work with a faculty advisor to identify their proposed project activities. The onsite, in-country portion of the fellowship would be carried out in collaboration with one of the following HealthyWorld Foundation partner projects. Note that all or parts of these projects are underway.

In addition, for students who are unable to travel in 2011 there will be 3 modest fellowships to provide assistance from a distance in analyzing or designing aspects of these projects.

Interested students should contact Dr. Arthur Goshin at: agoshin@healthyworldfoundation.org


1. Preventing Malnutrition - In partnership with the Child Health and Development Centre at Makerere University. To design, administer and evaluate a package of interventions for those in rural to improve maternal health and the birth weight, child's health, nutrition and growth to age two.

2. Reducing Under Age Five Malaria Mortality Using Community Based Treatment - In partnership with the WHO/TDR and the Uganda Ministry of Health. To assist in the development of a project to reduce malaria mortality in under five children living in rural villages and to assist in the design of a plan for national rollout using trained community health workers, rapid diagnostic tests, artemisin based combination treatments(ACTs), and rectal artesunate in severe cases of malaria.

3. Treating Disabled Children - In partnership with the Katalemwa Cheshire Home. To design and implement a community based program for rural villages that identifies, diagnoses and treats children with a range of disabilities.

4. Improving School and Community Health - In partnership with the Mpoma Community and The Johnson Nkosi Memorial Primary School for HIV/AIDS Orphans. To provide or assure the provision of a set of preventive health interventions including insecticide treated bednets, safe water systems, sanitary latrines, hand washing, immunizations and other preventive health services.


1. Health Care for the Homeless - In partnership with the India Foundation. To provide a clinic that serves the homeless.

2. Elder Care - In partnership with the West Bengal Voluntary Health Association. To design and establish a model for the care of the frail elderly in rural villages. To train elder caregivers capable of providing needed support and service to the frail elderly.

3. Caring for the Disabled - In partnership with the Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy. To improve the capabilities of community based health workers to assist families in the improved care of the disabled.

4. Community Based Cancer Screening - In partnership with the Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute. To design, develop and implement rural based programs for screening for cervical cancer and oral cancer.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


The Global Health Initiative is a student-organized group for people interested in global health issues. We're open to anyone who is interested in participating and meet every-other week to discuss different topics, with the agenda and topics set by our members.

This blog is a forum for all of us to have access to global health opportunities happening within and outside of UB. It's a place to post job opportunities, fellowships, grants, conferences, interesting articles, ongoing research, and whatever else people want to contribute within the scope of global health.

If you have something to post please send it to crc8@buffalo.edu. Thanks!

Our Mission

The mission of the SPHHP Global Health Initiative is to create a local and global community of people interested in Global Public Health issues, maintain an ongoing conversation about these issues, enhance our members' knowledge of global public health practice and problems, and increase learning and professional opportunities within the field of Global

We will accomplish this by publicizing opportunities related to global health work and study outside of the classroom, maintaining a global health dialogue within the SPHHP community and fostering mutually beneficial relationships both within and outside of the University at Buffalo across disciplines.


1. To create a source of information on student opportunities in Global Health within and outside University at Buffalo. These opportunities include, but are not limited to, fieldwork, internships, employment, receipt of grants and access to datasets. This will be accomplished by establishing a centralized location to collect and disseminate this information. Information on these opportunities will be obtained through sources that include UB faculty, students and alumni
as well as other members of the global health community.

2. To maintain an ongoing conversation on Global Health issues through gatherings of people interested in global health. This will be accomplished through journal clubs, lectures, seminars, meetings and symposia. Meetings occurring outside of the Global Health Initiative that are of interest to our community will be communicated through our established communication channels. These include, but are not limited to, global health related works in progress, MMWR meetings, seminars, brown bag lunches and lectures.

3. To identify and establish relationships with potential global health collaborators within as well as outside the UB community. These potential collaborators include other student organizations, faculty from departments not yet represented in the Global Health Initiative, as well as organizations outside UB.