2019 GEMS Teams Awarded

Global health is an inherently interdisciplinary field, spanning medicine, nursing, public health, pharmacy, engineering, business, anthropology, political science, and others. The Global Established Multidisciplinary Sites (GEMS) program at the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health (CGH) aims to bring these disciplines together to identify and tackle important global health challenges around the world.

This year, thanks to support from the Gilead Foundation, the Center awarded five GEMS to faculty seeking to develop multidisciplinary teams. Each site is comprised of at least 2 faculty and 3-5 students from different disciplines across Hopkins. The Hopkins Alliance for a Healthier World also provided support this year to co-fund a GEMS in Mali with a focus on air pollution. 

Awarded sites receive up to $30,000 each to support their multidisciplinary collaboration. At least $20,000 is provided to students as travel grants to fund field-training experiences.

The five awarded GEMS in 2019 will be based in Colombia, Lebanon, Mali, Kenya, and South Africa These sites will include inter-institutional collaboration between the Hopkins schools of Public Health, Advanced International Studies, Medicine, Business, Arts & Sciences, and Engineering. In-country universities, businesses, and NGOs are integral to the program - a significant portion of each grant is required to support local partnerships, enage local students, and strengthen capacity. 

2019 GEMS Spotlight

Kenya: Feasibility and acceptability of enhanced patient care (EPC) for adult HIV patients with unsupressed viral loads in western Kenya
Contact: Becky Genberg |  bgenberg@jhu.edu

Colombia: Exploring stakeholders' and publics' perspectives on gun-carrying restrictions in Colombia
Contact: Andres I. Vecino Ortiz  |  avecino1@jhu.edu

Lebanon: Effects of UNRWA financial crisis on the health outcomes of Palestinian refugees
Contact:  Paul Spiegel | pbspiegel@jhu.edu

Mali: Air pollution education and exposure awareness among pregnant women in Bamako, Mali
Contact: Nicole Warren | nwarren3@jhu.edu

South Africa: Developing a contingency management program for smoking cessation for people with HIV and/or TB in South Africa
Contact: Jonathan Golub | jgolub@jhmi.edu 

Many sites are actively seeking students. If you are a Hopkins student interested in multidisciplinary learning, field work, and global health you can reach out to the primary investigators of each site directly. Some available positions and scopes of work can also be found here. 

Program Evaluation

Evaluation of training programs is key to understanding what works and what doesn't. Last year we published a comprehensive evaluation of the pilot year of the GEMS program in the Open Access journal, Globalization and Health. We aim to continue these evaluation efforts to contribute to the evidence-base in multidisciplinary global health field training. 

People

Noreen Hynes, MD MPH

Director, Geographic Medicine Center of the Division of Infectious Diseases

Robert Bollinger Jr., MD MPH

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

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

Yukari C. Manabe, MD

Associate Director of Global Health Research and Innovation

Stefan Baral, MD MPH,MBA,MSc

Director, Key Populations Program
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