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Founded by Jeffrey P. Koplan and international colleagues in 2001, the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI) connects and strengthens the government agencies responsible for public health. IANPHI improves the world's health by leveraging the experience and expertise of its member institutes to build robust public health systems. Its Emory University Office, in partnership with its membership Secretariat in Helsinki, Finland, leads capacity building projects in over 35 countries around the world. It is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other donors, its 84 members, and private-sector partners. Learn more about IANPHI’s work with Mexico’s National Institute of Public Health (INSP).

Education

Raynaldo Martorell, professor of Global Health at the Rollins School of Public Health, received a 2007 EGHI Partnership Program grant in 2007 to develop a Partnership in Global Health between Emory University and the Instituto Nacional de Salud Publica (INSP) of Mexico.

Environmental Health

Thomas Gillespie, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at Emory College and an EGHI Faculty Distinction Fund Awardee, is conducting a study entitled Effects of Anthropogenic Disturbance on Vector Composition and Viral Distribution and Diversity in Mexico and Uganda. The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of habitat disturbance and natural habitat variability on vector composition and patterns of viral infections along disturbance gradients in the tropics. In addition to better understanding the role of human-induced habitat changes on the distribution of viruses and their vectors, this research provides the opportunity for early detection of novel pathogens that may pose a threat to global health and/or wildlife conservation.

Health Policy, Law, and Ethics

Kathy Kinlaw, Interim Director of the Emory University Center for Ethics, received an EGHI Seed Grant in 2007 to establish a Program in International Health Ethics , partnering with institutions and scholars in Ethiopia, Mexico and Russia.

Infectious Diseases

Juan Leon, Assistant Professor of Global Health at the Rollins School of Public Health and an EGHI Faculty Distinction Fund Awardee, is working on a USDA-NIFA-funded study entitled Identification and Control of Microbiological Hazards in Imported Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: A Field Epidemiological and Intervention Study in Northern Mexico. The purpose of the study is to prevent produce-associated outbreaks by identifying risk factors that contaminate fruits and vegetables with bacterial and viral pathogens on farms on the Mexico-US border.

Gonzalo Vazquez-Prokopec, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Emory College and an EGHI Faculty Distinction Fund Awardee, is working on a study entitled Spatial Epidemiology of Dengue in Merida, Mexico. Using data collected by the National Institutes of Health of Mexico, investigators are quantifying the patterns of dengue virus epidemic spread within the city of Merida. Study results will be integrated into a decision support system for the management of dengue infections and control of mosquito vectors.

A Multidisciplinary Approach to HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care, 2008 Student Field Scholar, Partner-Site Project.

Maternal and Child Health

PRONTO: Program for Maternal and Neonatal Rescue Optimal Treatment, Chiapas, Guerrero, Mexico, 2010 Student Field Scholar Project.

Migrant Health

Venkat Narayan, Professor of Global Health at the Rollins School of Public Health and EGHI Faculty Distinction Fund Awardee, received a 2007 EGHI Seed Grant to establish a Research Program to Examine Globalization, Global Migration and Health.

Non-Communicable Diseases

Venkat Narayan, Ruth and O.C. Hubert Professor of Global Health and Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health and an EGHI Faculty Distinction Fund Awardee, is working with the Public Health Leadership and Implementation Academy for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). Funded by the National Institutes of Health, this program will train 60 young health professionals from Mexico and India, and serve as a stepping stone for these young professionals to build careers focused on designing policies and/or interventions for NCD risk reduction and care in the population, while simultaneously building sustainable capacity at their home institutions.

Reproductive Health

Promoting Women's Sexual and Reproductive Health through the Development of Strategic and Targeted Advocacy Campaigns Directed to the General Public to Reduce Abortion-related Stigma and Contribute to an Increased Access to Legal Abortion Services in Mexico, 2011 Student Field Scholar Project.   

Responding to the Conservative Backlash to Women's Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Mexico, 2010 Student Field Scholar Project.