After engaging with the Global Health Center, trainee finds community, mentorship and success

Written by Christine O’Brien, PhD, instructor in the Washington University Department of Radiology After joining the WashU Department of Radiology as a postdoc in the spring of 2018, I quickly found ways to engage with the global health community. My first introduction to the Global Health Center was through attendance at one of their Global […]

WashU & LIGA/INCAN present at national radiology meeting

Global Health Center Manager, Jacaranda van Rheenen, gives an overview of a recent presentation at a national conference concerning the center’s project to serve cancer patients in Guatemala.

APHA climate change resources

The American Public Health Association says “The science is clear: climate change is a serious threat to human health.” They offer a number of resources on this important topic on the Climate Change section of their website, available here. They also created this infographic outlining some of the key takeaways surrounding this issue:

2020 Global Health Week: An amazing virtual success

Written by Global Health Student Advisory Committee Members, Rama Balasubramaniam, McKelvey School of Engineering; Blake Sells, School of Medicine; and Hailey Spaeth, Arts & Sciences The Global Health Center, its Global Health Student Advisory Committee (GHSAC), the Women in Global Health- Midwest Chapter and all seven WashU schools — Arts & Sciences, Brown School, McKelvey […]

Celebrating global health mentors and mentees

Written by Jeanie Bryant, coordinator for the Global Health Center at the Institute for Public Health The Global Health Mentoring Program has successfully expanded networks and increased opportunities to learn about global health this past year. The fall meeting on October 15, 2020, was no exception. The keynote was presented by Carlos-Andres Gallegos-Riofrío, PhD, a […]

Planting roots and expanding horizons

Forging a Path in the Field of Global Health Written by Raveena Mata, MA candidate in medical anthropology; participant in the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program– Public and Global Health Abbreviated Track This summer I had the invaluable opportunity to participate in WashU’s Summer Research Program in the Public and Global Health […]

Addressing sexual health in St. Louis

Written by Maya Terry, BA, Washington University in St. Louis; Gold Family Summer Research Scholar for the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Abbreviated Track On July 16, 2020, as part of the Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Abbreviated Track, we […]

Sickle cell disease and cognitive development

By Gavi Forman, BA candidate in Political Science at Amherst College; SPRIGHT Scholar in the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Abbreviated Track I originally matched with Allison King, MD, MPH, PhD, a pediatrician and researcher at Washington University in St. Louis after being admitted to the Institute […]

HIV prevention: past and present role in global health

As COVID-19 and racial tensions continue to bring health disparities to the forefront in America, it is crucial to take a deeper look at other prevalent infectious diseases, their sociopolitical context, and their past and present role in global health. As of 2019, there were about 38 million people living with HIV/AIDS around the world. […]

Reflection: Public health in St. Louis

Written by Lauren Jennings, BS Candidate, University of Kansas; SPRIGHT Scholar in the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Abbreviated Track  As a rising senior at the University of Kansas, I study Molecular Biology on the premedical track. My experiences working with marginalized groups in my collegiate career paired with my […]

Trust and working with communities

Written by John McGinley, undergraduate student at Elon University; SPRIGHT Scholar in the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Abbreviated Track One idea that has come up over and over during the Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program seminars is the idea of developing trust with communities and listening to communities […]

Finding refuge: Sexual violence in forced displacement & COVID-19 implications

Globally, approximately 79.5 million people are currently forcibly displaced and have fled their homes to escape violence, conflict, or persecution. In a recent seminar, Kim Seelinger, JD, Director, Center for Human Rights, Gender and Migration discussed the roles of the health-sector in supporting survivors of SGBV. Sexual and gender-based violence is a broad term that […]

Global cardiovascular disease

Written by Gavi Forman, BA in political science at Amherst College; participant in the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Abbreviated Track Cardiovascular disease (CVD) affects many people in the world every day. A shocking 17.8 million deaths around the globe were attributed to CVD in 2017, demonstrating […]

COVID-19 and war in Bosnia

Written by Adisa Kalkan, MA, project administrator in the Clinical Research Training Center at Washington University in St. Louis I was recently asked by a friend how am I doing with the current COVID-19 situation. My first instinct was to think back to my war experience. I was a teenager when the war in Bosnia […]

Bringing global health home

Often when you hear of global health, you think about medicine and research going on across the world, in remote parts of South America, Asia, and Africa. Rarely do you think about the pressing challenges that your own community faces. But that is exactly what global health is. It is ensuring the well-being and safety […]

Physical activity in Latin America

Last week, we had the pleasure of speaking with Deborah Salvo, PhD, an Assistant Professor and Researcher at Washington University’s Brown School as part of the Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Abbreviated Track seminar series. As COVID-19 continues to disrupt lives across the world, many of us may […]

Climate and global mental health

by John McGinley, undergraduate student at Elon University; SPRIGHT Scholar in the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Abbreviated Track Parul Bakhshi, PhD, Assistant Professor/Instructor, Program in Occupational Therapy and Brown School, and Clement Bayetti, PhD, Adjunct Instructor, Brown School, spoke about the discourses of climate change and global […]

COVID-19: Navigating Sheltering in Place

Navigating “Sheltering in Place” as an International Student By Yasser Omar Abdellatif Master of Public Health in Global Health, Brown School of Social Work Mentee, Global Health Center Mentoring Program, Institute for Public Health Making it through the unprecedented circumstances of COVID-19 is challenging. There is a lot of uncertainty around the situation. No one, […]

COVID-19: The “Panic” in the Pandemic

By Ishmael Dzigbordi Aziati, PhD Postdoc Research Associate, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases Global Health Mentoring Program, Global Health Center The year 2019 was a near perfect one for me. I graduated in September with a PhD in virology having lived in Tokyo for years. It is the same year I got my […]

Global Health Center Launches Mentoring Program

Written by Sandra Lee, RD, MPH candidate at Brown School of Social Work and research assistant for the Global Health Center at the Institute for Public Health The Global Health Center has launched its Global Health Mentoring Program, with the goal of building and fostering a global health community. The format of this program includes […]

Summary: Solve climate by 2030 – Climate Solutions for Missouri webinar

Written by Sandra Lee, RD, MPH candidate, Brown School and research assistant for the Global Health Center at the Institute for Public Health Washington University in St. Louis and University of Missouri-St. Louis recently hosted the webinar, Solve Climate by 2030 – Climate Solutions for Missouri. This was part of a nationwide digital teach-in series, […]

Haiti’s public health students rise to support COVID-19 response

Written by Melissa Chapnick, RD, MS, MPH, research manager for the E3 Nutrition Lab & Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program alumna Haiti is among the most recent countries hit by COVID-19. The Haitian government moved swiftly to respond to the emerging pandemic, closing the border with the Dominican Republic and halting all incoming […]

Lessons Learned from the 5th Annual Global Health Week

Led by the Global Health Center and its Global Health Student Advisory Committee – an interdisciplinary team of students representing six schools across campus – Washington University’s 5th annual Global Health Week was a great success. It convened students, faculty, and staff from all schools and the greater St. Louis community for a series of […]

Leadership in women’s health

Written by Sithembile Chithenga, MBBS, master of public health candidate and alumna of the 2019 Summer Research Program, Washington University in St. Louis I recently attended the 6th Annual Midwest Universities for Global Health Conference at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. One of the most memorable sessions at the conference was the Women in Global Health […]

A summer of many firsts

Written by Relebohile Masitha, BA, Agnes Scott College and participant in the 2019 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public & Global Health Track I have conducted interviews for needs assessments and small projects before. This is my first time conducting interviews for research. What I enjoy most about the research I do is the […]

A life-changing experience

Written by Olivia Pokoski, BPH, MPH candidate at the University of Kentucky and participant in the 2019 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public & Global Health Track Before beginning the Summer Research Program, I had no idea that it would impact my life so deeply. For five weeks I lived in Iganga, Uganda, a city […]

Do’s and don’ts of global health research

Written by Samuel Jaros, BS student at Loyola University and participant in the 2019 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public & Global Health Track The Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Track students recently met with four researchers to discuss the do’s and don’ts of performing public health […]

Summer Program Final Reflection

Written by Sithembile Chithenga, MBBS, Master of Public Health Candidate, Washington University in St. Louis and participant in the 2019 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public & Global Health Track I started the summer program with an intent to be part of something meaningful and to apply the public health methods that I learned throughout […]

Global solutions to local healthcare challenges: What we can learn from Rwanda and Australia?

Written by Sithembile Chithenga, MBBS, master of public health candidate at Washington University in St. Louis and participant in the 2019 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public & Global Health Track Andwele Jolly, DPT, MBA, MHA, OCS, Business Director, Divisions of Allergy & Immunology, Rheumatology and Hematology, sought to improve the chronic pain disease burden […]

It’s “revolutionary”

Written by Tobi Okopie, BS, Georgetown University and participant in the 2019 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public & Global Health Track Most people would describe summer experiences as a large contributor to their college experience. What they often fail to mention is how life-changing a summer well spent can be. For me, the […]

Looking for a cure for HIV among Ghanaian herbal remedies

Looking for a cure for HIV among Ghanaian herbal remedies Written by Samuel Jaros, student at Loyola University and participant in the 2019 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public & Global Health Track To sum up my entire experience of the Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health […]

Research to eliminate lymphatic filariasis and related neglected tropical diseases

By Chinmayi Venkatram, BA candidate, University of Pittsburgh and participant in the 2019 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public & Global Health Track Dr. Gary Weil, Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, spoke to the students in the Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program, about the research he has […]

Taking research from Saint Louis to New Delhi

Written by Biva Rajbhandari, programme officer at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation in New Delhi, India and alumna of the Summer Research Program- Public & Global Health Track I learned about the Summer Research Program during my first year as a Masters’ candidate in Public Health and Social Work at the Brown School. From the […]

A life education

Written by Sarah Wishloff, BA candidate at Amherst College and alumna of the Summer Research Program- Public & Global Health Track My first day of work, I was sent to the Muloza clinic in the Mulanje district of Southern Malawi, a couple hours’ drive from the St. Louis Nutrition Project’s home-base in the commercial center […]

Reflections on the 2019 International Emory Global Health Case Competition

Written by Aishwarya Nagar, MPH ’19 at the Brown School and members of the competition cohort A group of Washington University in St. Louis students recently participated in the 2019 International Emory Global Health Case Competition organized by Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. This renowned case competition brought together students from multiple universities and disciplines […]

Lessons learned from Global Health Week 2019

Written by Aishwarya Nagar, MPH candidate at the Brown School and President of the Global Health Student Advisory Committee It is no easy feat to distill the complexity and diversity of global health discourses into one week, but it is nevertheless accomplished year after year by Global Health Week. The 4th Annual Global Health Week […]

2019 CUGH conference perspectives

Institute for Public Health Faculty Scholars joined global health colleagues from St. Louis and abroad to speak at the Consortium of Universities for Global Health Conference, March 7.

WashU launches Women in Global Health chapter

Written by Caline Mattar MD, assistant professor, Department of Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis The Global Health Center at the Institute for Public Health is supporting a new movement at Washington University in St. Louis for women and men interested in gender and global health issues. Women in Global Health (WGH) is an international […]

A look at Idudi, a truck stop in Uganda and HIV stigma

Written by Marissa Rasgado, undergraduate student at DePaul University and participant in the Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program Embarking to Uganda to research sources of stigma that discourage female sex workers and their customers from accessing HIV prevention and care, I was unaware how unimaginable this experience would be. During our first day […]

We are together in everything

Written by Sarah Wishloff, undergraduate student at Amherst College and participant in the Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program How did I get here? The thought runs through my head as nurse Eleanor translates my words into Chichewa. I am leading a meeting with five village chiefs about a new research study that the […]

Global health conversations

Written by Austin Smarch, masters of public health student, University of Michigan and participant in the Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program. The global health conversation hosted by Dr. Patricia Cavazos-Rehg, associate professor of psychiatry, focused on a paper that discussed the world of mHealth (mobile health) apps; how many exist, how they’re evaluated, […]

Complexities behind lymphatic filariasis

Written by Celia Zhou, undergraduate student at Wake Forest University and participant in the Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program A smile slowly started to brim across her face as I stepped onto the red concrete floor of her house. The house itself sat upon a hill, which overlooked a picturesque, idyllic landscape. It […]

WashU faculty aiding in Rohingya refugee efforts

Written by Rupa Patel, MD MPH1, Nishat Rahman, PhD2, Sakila Yesmin, MPhil MSc2, Zahin Ahmed3, Razee Bazle, Hasan A. Chowdhury, Homer Venters, MD4, Ross Brownson, PhD5, Rumi Price, PhD5, Parul Bakhshi, PhD DEA6, Ali Anwar, MD7, John Crane, BA1, and Anne Glowinski, MD MPE7 Since August 2017, over 900,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh, establishing […]