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UNC-India Summit Partnership Models: Health and Medical Models Rohit Ramaswamy, Ph. D, MPH Gillings School of Global Public Health
Who We Are • #1 public school of public health • • in the country 70 -year history of global health leadership Educate more than 1, 750 students each year with bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral & certificate programs Train more than 20, 000 health care workers each year Home to the prestigious Water Institute
Faculty Working in India • Margaret (Peggy) Bentley, Ph. D, Associate Dean for Global Health, professor of nutrition. • Rohit Ramaswamy, Ph. D, MPH, clinical associate professor, public health leadership. • Shrikant I. Bangdiwala, Ph. D, research professor of biostatistics • Shelah Bloom, Sc. D, research assistant professor of maternal and child health • Barry Popkin, Ph. D, distinguished professor of nutrition • P. K. Sen, Ph. D, professor of biostatistics • Ilene Speizer, Ph. D, research associate professor of maternal and child health,
Collaboration: Public Health Foundation of India
Public Health Foundation of India - Projects • Training young faculty in public health knowledge, theory, and methods. • Focus areas include nutrition, biostatistics, health policy, and diseases of animal origin. • Measure Evaluation project, based at the Carolina Population Center and funded by USAID, undertakes Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) training programs. • Center for Global Learning developing online non-degree programs for India’s public health workforce • Reciprocal adjunct faculty appointments
Collaboration: Deshpande Foundation • Founded in 1996 by Gururaj (Desh) and Jaishree Deshpande • Funds entrepreneurial, sustainable projects in their home region of northwestern Kamalaka. • Two UNC student teams supported by the Foundation – Designed a cutting-edge, sustainable sanitation project – Training program to reduce sexually transmitted infections and genderbased violence among young people.
Collaboration: Gravis • Non-governmental organization that serves the rural poor in the Thar desert of Rajasthan • Two UNC public health students completed masters’ practica with Gravis, – surveying the health needs of the elderly population – developing a school • Director of Gravis, Dr. Prakash Tyagi, was a Humphrey Fellow at UNC’s School of Public Health in 2005 -2006 • Partner in Global Learning Program, an online capacity building program for the global workforce.
Collaboration: Sangath • Non-governmental organization committed to empowering existing community resources to provide appropriate physical, psychological and social therapies. • Two UNC public health students completed masters’ practica with Sangath, – researching stigma and discrimination against mental health patients by communities and the mental establishment – developing processes for developing mental health care through the primary care system • UNC faculty co-teach workshops on implementation science.
Other Collaborations • National Institute of Nutrition in Hyderabad – 60 -village study in Andhra Pradesh of infant feeding practices • Indian Regional Clinical Epidemiology Network – studied family violence in India as part of the World. SAFE multi-country collaborative study • Christian Medical College, Vellore – founding mentor, Biostatistics Research and Training Center • Indian Statistical Institute – academic programs in biostatistics • International Center for Research on Women – evaluation of urban family programs in Uttar Pradesh