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Global Implementation Lab’s India Cohort

March 10, 2014


I want to introduce you to a fabulous student project on which our students are working with an established program in India. As part of their participation in the Gillings Global Implementation Lab (GGIL), students travelled to India to work on FHI360’s Sahaay Project – a phone helpline for men who have sex with men (MSM). Students are currently in New Delhi to improve the data collection aspect of the project.

Read student posts of their experiences so far and watch the Sahaay Project’s video – it’s incredibly well done, with fabulous music. Public health workers have learned that entertainment (or edutainment) can be a powerful medium to promote behavior change.

The Implementation Lab, an innovative two-section course, supports one student cohort in Delhi, with FHI360, and the other in North Carolina, with Wake County Human Services. Congratulations to faculty members Anita Farel, DrPH (maternal and child health), Suzanne Hobbs, DrPH (health policy and management, nutrition), and Rohit Ramaswamy, PhD (Public Health Leadership Program, maternal and child health) for leading students in this unique set of opportunities.

Students in the India cohort are:

  • Meagan Brown, Rachel Clad, Corinne (Cori) Fordham, Sayaka Hino and Ariana Katz (master’s candidates, health behavior);
  • Emily Mangone (doctoral candidate, health policy and management); and
  • Emily George Nicholson and Sarah Smiley (master’s candidates, public health leadership program).

Happy Monday. Barbara

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