Center Launches GEMS Program

As part of the Global Health Signature Initiative, within the Johns Hopkins Rising Campaign, the Center for Global Health (CGH) has launched three new premiere interdisciplinary training sites or GEMS (Global Established Multidisciplinary Sites) overseas. The aim of these sites is to bring together faculty and students across the Hopkins schools to solve global health problems. Each site is comprised of at least 3 faculty members and up to 5 students from different disciplines. 

The three selected GEMS sites which will be located in Bangladesh, India, and South Africa, include inter-institutional collaborations between the Hopkins schools of Public Health, Medicine, Business, Arts & Sciences, and Engineering. Hopkins partners will also be collaborating with in-country universities and local businesses to help build local capacity. The Center for Global Health is awarding $30,000 to each site to support partners' time, student travel and living expenses, and project equipment. The core teams of Hopkins students will be required to work overseas during the Summer of 2015, immersing themselves in the program and building relationships with their colleagues. 

Alain Labrique, Associate Professor at the School of Public Health and Primary Investigator of the Bangladesh site has been a global health mentor for the CGH's programs for years and is looking forward to leading this collaboration in its pilot year: 

This is an exciting opportunity to stimulate interdisciplinary research and collaboration within the next generation of innovators, in real world settings. Students will also have the privilege of working with local institutions to develop responsive and contextually appropriate solutions.

In its first year, the program will focus on mobile health (mhealth) and technology's role in preventing disease and affecting health systems. 

Jonathan Golub, Associate Professor of the School of Medicine, is the leader of the interdisciplinary site in South Africa. He aims to build a team of students from public health, medicine, business, engineering, and the school of arts and sciences. When we asked him about his involvement in this pilot program Dr. Golub said, 

"We are extremely excited to establish a CGH Interdisciplinary Site with our partners in South Africa for the summer of 2015. This funding provides a unique opportunity for a diverse group of students from JHU to work with our partners in South Africa to build a novel mHealth program to support HIV care delivery. Cross-school collaboration provides an excellent opportunity for students to engage in new disciplines and develop a prototype program that has the potential to positively impact individuals with HIV and their health care providers in this setting."

The Center for Global Health would like to congratulate our site leadership teams! We look forward to working with them and the students in 2015. 

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