Student Engagement

Many 2019 GEMS are actively recruiting a diverse set of Hopkins students to work internationally at their field sites. Below are brief descriptions of the sites and types of students being sought. 

To participate students must dedicate a minimum of 6 weeks international field work. Students from all Hopkins schools are eligible but they must be continuing students (that is, they may not be graduating in Spring, 2019). 

KENYA

Feasibility and acceptability of Enhanced Patient Care (EPC) for adult HIV patients with unsuppressed viral loads in western Kenya
Faculty Leadership: Becky Genberg, Juddy Wachira, Henry Perry, Htet Nay Lin Oo, Maya Venkataramani

Currently seeking the following student team members: 

Public Health Student.  We are seeking a public health student with interest in health systems strengthening in low-and middle-income settings, scaling up of HIV treatment and care, implementation science methods, and/or survey and intervention design and implementation to join our multidisciplinary team. The project is nested within the AMPATH (Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare) HIV treatment program based in western Kenya. The student will be tasked with developing and piloting a survey for use in the evaluation of a clinic-based intervention designed to bring patient-centered care to adult patients with HIV who are experiencing difficulties with ART adherence and have unsuppressed viral loads. In addition, the student will be responsible for assisting with the creation and testing of standardized forms for clinical and research staff to complete during the implementation of the intervention for monitoring and evaluation purposes. Finally, the student will work with the research team based in Eldoret, Kenya to determine a plan for the collection of data from standard of care clinics.

Public Health or Business Student. We are seeking a public health student or business school student with interest in health economics, cost-effectiveness research and evaluation, and health care delivery in low-and middle-income settings to join our multidisciplinary team. The project is nested within the AMPATH (Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare) HIV treatment program based in western Kenya. The student will be tasked with designing and implementing methods to gather the necessary data to conduct a cost-effectiveness evaluation of a clinic-based intervention designed to bring patient-centered care to adult patients who are experiencing difficulties with ART adherence and have unsuppressed viral loads, compared to the standard of care model. Students will be invited to participate in data analysis if feasible within the timeline of the project.

Clinical Resident/Fellow or Nursing Student. We are seeking a resident or fellow, or advanced nursing student, with interest in patient-centered care, patient/provider communication, and differentiated care models for improving HIV outcomes in low- and middle-income settings. The project is nested within the AMPATH (Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare) HIV treatment program based in western Kenya. The project involves the development of materials to support implementation of a clinic-based intervention designed to bring patient-centered care to adult patients with HIV who are experiencing difficulties with ART adherence and have unsuppressed viral load. The clinical trainee will be tasked with liaising with the existing care delivery teams to gather information for the development of all necessary materials in support of the intervention implementation. This effort will require collaboration with the clinical teams at AMPATH that are responsible for the delivery of care in the intervention clinics. Tasks will include participation in the development of standardized manuals, training materials, and any forms necessary to ensure fidelity to the intervention by the clinical staff. In addition, should the timelines correspond to project launch dates, the trainees would be asked to participate in the training of clinicians in the intervention clinics.

Public Health Student.  We are seeking a public health student with interest in motivational interviewing, behavioral intervention development and qualitative data analysis to join our multidisciplinary team. The project is nested within the AMPATH (Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare) HIV treatment program based in western Kenya. The student will be tasked with supporting the development of a motivational interviewing approach for use in a clinic-based intervention designed to bring patient-centered care to adult patients with HIV who are experiencing difficulties with ART adherence and have unsuppressed viral loads. In addition, the student will be responsible for coding and analyzing existing qualitative data to inform the development of the intervention. Participation in writing and dissemination materials is also of interest should the timeline allow.

People

Noreen Hynes, MD MPH

Director, Geographic Medicine Center of the Division of Infectious Diseases

Yukari C. Manabe, MD

Associate Director of Global Health Research and Innovation

Caitlin Kennedy, PhD MPH,BA

Co-Director, MPH concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health; Associate Director, Center for Qualitative...

Joanne Katz, ScD MS,BSc

Associate Chair, Director of Academic Programs

Robert Bollinger Jr., MD MPH

Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education (CCGHE); Associate Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Global...

Stefan Baral, MD MPH,MBA,MSc

Director, Key Populations Program
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