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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 in the US with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Education

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 on a project entitled Human Health Molecules to Mankind. Funded by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, the goal of this project is to create a unique group of biomedical scientists, qualified for faculty appointments in traditional departments of laboratory or population sciences, with the ability to bridge traditional departments in a broader approach to research and training.

Jenny Foster, Assistant Professor at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, received a 2008 EGHI Seed Grant to Expand Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Capacity in Global Health.

The Robert W. Woodruff Library and the Rollins School of Public Health received a 2008 EGHI Seed Grant to develop the Archive of Global Disease Eradication in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Faith, Religion, and Health

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 on a project entitled Fit Body and Soul: A Lifestyle Intervention for Diabetes Prevention Conducted through African-American Churches. Funded by the National Institutes for Health, this project is a randomized-controlled study that will test the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a lifestyle intervention program delivered to African Americans in faith-based activities and settings. The intervention, which is based on the CDC's Diabetes Prevention Program, is designed to reduce excess weight, increase physical activity, and lower elevated blood sugar, all of which are risk factors for type 2 diabetes. 

Health Care Delivery

Assessment and Enhancement of Knowledge of Neglected Infections of Poverty Among Medical Providers Who Serve the Latino Immigrant Population in Metropolitan Atlanta, 2012 Student Field Scholar Project.

Health Policy, Law, and Ethics

David Frisvold, Assistant Professor of Economics at Emory College and an EGHI Faculty Distinction Fund Awardee, conducted a project entitled The Impact of the School Breakfast Program on Student Outcomes. The project examined the influence that the US federal School Breakfast program has had on student achievement, nutrition, obesity, and food insecurity.

David Frisvold, Assistant Professor of Economics at Emory College and an EGHI Faculty Distinction Fund Awardee, conducted a project entitled Examining the Impact of the Federal Reimbursement Rate on the Nutritional Content of School Meals.

David Frisvold, Assistant Professor of Economics at Emory College and an EGHI Faculty Distinction Fund Awardee, conducted a project entitled Soft Drink Taxes and Obesity, which examines the influence of changes in soft drink taxes on consumption and obesity rates.

David Frisvold, Assistant Professor of Economics at Emory College and an EGHI Faculty Distinction Fund Awardee, conducted a project entitled The Impact of Physical Education on Obesity among Elementary School Children. The project specifically examined the relationship between states’ physical education requirements and childhood obesity rates.

David Frisvold, Assistant Professor of Economics at Emory College and an EGHI Faculty Distinction Fund Awardee, conducted a project entitled School Quality and Health Outcomes. The project examined: 1) the influence of improvements in school quality during the 20th century on a variety of health outcomes and health disparities, and 2) the influence of attending and graduating from a selective college on health behaviors.

David Frisvold, Assistant Professor of Economics at Emory College and an EGHI Faculty Distinction Fund Awardee, conducted a project entitled Head Start and Childhood Obesity, which examined the impact of Head Start participation on childhood obesity.

Sara Markowitz, Assistant Professor of Economics at Emory College and an EGHI Faculty Distinction Fund Awardee, conducted a study entitled Effectiveness of Bicycle Helmet Laws in Preventing Injuries Among Youth. The purpose of this project was to empirically estimate the effects of bicycle helmet laws in reducing traumatic head injuries among children.

Sara Markowitz, Assistant Professor of Economics at Emory College and an EGHI Faculty Distinction Fund Awardee, conducted a study entitled Reducing Prenatal Smoking: What Role Can State Policies Play? The purpose of the project was to empirically estimate the effects of state-level tobacco control policies in reducing the demand for cigarettes among pregnant women and to improve birth outcomes.

Sara Markowitz, Assistant Professor of Economics at Emory College and an EGHI Faculty Distinction Fund Awardee, conducted a study entitled Examining the Relationship between Alcohol Policy and Violence. This project examined whether higher alcohol prices and strict regulations regarding the provision of alcohol are successful in reducing violence and crime related to alcohol consumption.

Lisa Vertinsky, Professor at the Emory University School of Law, received a 2008 EGHI Seed Grant to develop a Global Public Health Law and Policy Program.

Infectious Diseases

Gonzalo Vazquez-Prokopec, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Emory College and an EGHI Faculty Distinction Fund Awardee, is examining the urban ecology of West Nile virus in Atlanta, GA. The project aims to understand the major drivers of West Nile virus amplification and transmission within the metro Atlanta area by integrating field studies, laboratory experiments and assays, and complex statistical and mathematical models.

Jyothi Rengarajan, Assistant Professor at the Emory University School of Medicine and an EGHI Faculty Distinction Fund Awardee, is working on a project entitled Immune Responses to Individuals with Latent and Active Tuberculosis (TB). The goal of the project is to better understand correlates of protective immunity for developing vaccines and identifying biomarkers of infection and clearance in order to improve TB diagnosis and treatment monitoring.

Jyothi Rengarajan, Assistant Professor at the Emory University School of Medicine and an EGHI Faculty Distinction Fund Awardee, is working on a project entitled Modulation of Innate Immune Responses by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Project investigators are using genetics, proteomics, immunology and microbiology approaches to elucidate the molecular mechanisms for Mycobacterium tuberculosis pathogenesis in the host to understand how this pathogen evades host immunity.

Migrant Health

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 project entitled Reducing Health Disparities by Addressing Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) in Metropolitan Atlanta. Latin American immigrants may bring NTDs acquired in their home countries when they immigrate to the US, where healthcare providers are ill equipped to treat them. The goal of this project is to assess: 1) the knowledge of Metro Atlanta healthcare providers on NTDs; 2) the health seeking strategies of Latin American immigrants; 3) effective health communication strategies for NTDs for both immigrants and providers; and 4) develop a health resource for Latin American immigrants and their providers to minimize health disparities.

Assessment and Enhancement of Knowledge of Neglected Infections of Poverty Among Medical Providers who Serve the Latino Immigrant Population in Metropolitan Atlanta, 2012 Student Field Scholar Project

Attitudes and Knowledge of Chagas Disease among Latin American Immigrants and Medical Care Providers in Georgia, 2011 Student Field Scholar Project.

Hansen's Disease in the State of Georgia: A Modern Appraisal of an Ancient Disease, 2009 Student Field Scholar Project.

Carlos Franco-Paredes, Assistant Professor at the Emory University School of Medicine and the Rollins School of Public Health, received a 2008 EGHI Seed Grant to develop the Global Health Without Travel Program. The purpose of this program was to define the epidemiology and treatment of neglected tropical diseases among refugees and immigrants living in the State of Georgia.

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 on a project entitled Developing User-Friendly Tools to Aid State Policy Makers to Reduce Cardiovascular Disease. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this study synthesizes high quality data to produce estimates that are accessible to state officials and other interested groups to aid in the evaluation of the health and cost burdens imposed by cardiovascular risk factors. The study will also produce a flexible data infrastructure and methodology to monitor state-level trends and rankings in cardiovascular risk factors and related health outcomes.

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 on a project entitled Assessing the Impacts of Implementing Diabetes Prevention and Hypertension Control Globally. Funded by the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation, the study involves compiling literature and quantitative analyses to develop and validate an efficacy-to-effectiveness conversion tool to be used on two test cases (diabetes prevention and hypertension control) to estimate the avoidable burdens of disease and mortality worldwide.

Nutrition and Malnutrition

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 on a project entitled Family Life and Child Obesity: Interactions that Matter. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the goal of this project is to examine how family structure is associated with children's nutrition and nutritional choices in school. Dr. Narayan and project investigators will also study the family structure's association with children's obesity risks and home-based activities for children's nutrition and weight trajectories.

Tobacco Control

Kathleen Miner, Associate Dean of Applied Public Health at the Rollins School of Public Health, received a 2007 EGHI Seed Grant to support the Tobacco Technical Assistance Consortium Global Tobacco Control Initiative.