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2015 Global Health Fellows


Last year, the Ann and Phil Heymann Global Fellowship Fund, Bixby Center on Population and Reproductive FundDrabkin/Neumann Global Public Health Field Experience Endowment, and Dean's Global Health Fellowship Program, all FSPH funding sources that support international field experiences committed to global health, have chosen and awarded nine distinguished students. These fellows traveled far and wide to contribute to various organizations on projects that tackled a wide array of health issues and interacted with many communities and populations. Learn about this year's fellows and their projects below.


Alexis Cooke, PhD candidate

Organization: Muhimbili National Hospital

Country: Tanzania

Alexis Cooke, PhD candidate in the Department of Community Health Sciences, spent the summer in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, working at a methadone clinic at the Muhimbili National Hospital. Alexis’ work supported the implementation of an integrated methadone and antiretroviral treatment (IMAT) program to identify areas for improved efficiency and integration of services for clients. Findings from her project allowed for the identification of important steps and processes, which will make the fundamental components of the IMAT intervention successful.


Rica Dela Cruz, MPH '16

Organization: Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation 

Country: Northern Mariana Islands

Rica Dela Cruz, MPH student in the Department of Epidemiology, worked on a project this past summer at the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands. Rica conducted a descriptive study to evaluate the health trends among women and their newborns within the Northern Mariana Islands. The goal of this study is to gain a better understanding of the health and healthcare needs of women and infants on these islands.


Natalie Dickson, MPH/MA '17

Organization: Population Council 

Country: Kenya

Natalie Dickson, MPH student in the Department of Community Health Sciences and MA student in the African Studies Program, worked within the Poverty, Gender and Youth program of Population Council in Nairobi, Kenya on a project to understand how social and economic assets impact the health of adolescent girls in Kenya. Natalie was involved in monitoring data collection, performing data analysis, and assisting with writing the impact evaluation report that examined the changes attributable to the program.


Roz Fanaieyan, MPH '16

Organization: Population Council

Country: Zambia

Roz Fanaieyan, MPH student in the Department of Community Health Sciences, interned this past summer for the Scaling Up Family Planning Initiative for Population Council in Zambia, a project that aims to generate evidence on scaling up family planning to inform policy and practice to ensure sustainable and replicable provision of family planning services. For this initiative, Roz coded and summarized transcripts from key informant interviews and in-depth interviews; analyzed qualitative data that will be used for policy recommendations of future family planning programs; and wrote a policy brief with recommendations for scaling up.


Ryan Loong, MPH '16

Organization: Institute for Philanthropy and Humanitarian Development

Country: India

Ryan Loong, MPH student in the Department of Community Health Sciences, worked this past summer with the Institute for Philanthropy and Humanitarian Development on a project aiming to improve the current and future health of community members in the Indian village of Bhikamkor. He provided support in creating a full Health Profile of the community of Bhikamkor and drafting a public health intervention that addressed the beliefs and attitudes regarding health care utilization and at least one health issue.


Heidi Ransohoff, MPH '16

Organization: Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (FIOCRUZ)

Country: Brazil 

Heidi Ransohoff, MPH student in the Department of Epidemiology, conducted her fieldwork this summer in the molecular epidemiology and biostatistics laboratory at FIOCRUZ in Salvador, Brazil. Her work focused on the data analysis of violent deaths among adolescents in Salvador and surrounding areas from 1998 to 2015 in order to determine age, gender and neighborhood distributions. 


Emerald Snow, MSPH/MA '16

Organization: La Fundación Oriéntame

Country: Colombia

Emerald SnowMSPH student in the Department of Community Health Sciences and MA student in the Latin American Studies Interdepartmental Program, interned at La Fundación Oriéntame. La Fundación Oriéntame is an NGO based in Bogotá, Colombia that aims to support the health and rights of women and men through the provision of comprehensive reproductive health care, conducing research, and advocacy. Emerald conducted research that will assist the organization in updating their clinical protocols.


Elizabeth Van Dyne, MD, MPH '16

Country: Malawi

Elizabeth Van Dyne MDMPH student in the Department of Epidemiology and Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellow, conducted a cohort research study this summer to pilot early diagnosis of sickle cell disease (SCD), early infection prevention, and education in Blantyre, Malawi. Approximately 300,000 children are born each year with SCD in Sub-Saharan Africa, and a majority will die before reaching adulthood (up to 80%) due to lack of diagnosis and early interventions. This project focuses on decreasing SCD-specific morbidity and mortality through infection prevention and comprehensive care. Dr. Van Dyne's work concentrated on collaborative epidemiologic research with an emphasis in pediatric hematology and oncology in areas of health disparity, poverty, and resource limitation.


Tony Yao, MPH '16

Organization: Department of Health in Taitung county, Taiwan

Country: Taiwan

Tony Yao, MPH student in the Department of Community Health Sciences, worked on the “Living City” project in Taitung County, Taiwan, where he was involved in implementing an alcohol education program to combat the excessive alcohol consumption among the Taiwanese population. 


Mindy Zhao, MSPH '16

Organization: Kigezi Healthcare Foundation (KIHEFO)

Country: Uganda

Mindy Zhao, MSPH student in the Department of Community Health Sciences, worked for the Kigezi Healthcare Foundation (KIHEFO) in Kabale, Uganda this past summer. She provided support for their nutrition program by analyzing data from a nutrition assessment that was conducted last summer, and assisting with designing research tools to evaluate the impact of their rabbit breeding program on the health and economic development in the local community.