EGHI Faculty Seed Grants


EGHI has provided seed grants to Emory faculty members to conduct pilot projects and preliminary research on a variety of global health topics. Seed grants have been funded through a Request for Proposal (RFP) mechanism and through more informal funding mechanisms.

Faculty Seed Grant Awardees


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2020 Faculty Seed Grants

Russell Kempker, MD, MSc (Emory School of Medicine)

WE CARE will develop an antimicrobial stewardship toolkit for Ethiopian hospitals to assess current practices and implement locally relevant strategies with an overall goal to decrease inappropriate antimicrobial use and antimicrobial resistance. This project will utilize an expert multidisciplinary team including new collaborators to the Ethiopia-Emory partnership and a mixed methods study design to achieve study objectives.

Manoj Bhasin, PhD (Emory School of Medicine) and K.M. Venkat Narayan, MD, MSc, MBA (Rollins School of Public Health)

This project will recruit a Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) and control cohort in northern India to measure inflammation levels, along with other critical metabolic and disease pathways, through the salivary epigenome of mothers (at enrollment) and infants (at one year of age). The cohort will be followed for ten years to determine the long-term health effects of GDM. To identify other risk factors of GDM, the team will also collect self-reported questionnaires, including physical, demographic, socioeconomic, and psychological information.

John Cranmer, DNP, MPH, ANP (Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing) and Melissa Young, PhD (Rollins School of Public Health)

The Survive-Thrive Study on emergency readiness and at-risk infant feeding will promote maternalneonatal well-being with two arms. The Survive arm has three stages: 1) Formative Evaluation to assess labor-related emergency readiness at health facilities (obstetric & neonatal), 2) Iterative Solutions to design real-time, data-to-action solutions for improving emergency readiness and 3) Pilot Testing the synergistic emergency readiness solutions in Ethiopia’s health system and measuring the pilot outcomes. The Thrive arm will focus on formative evaluation of early nutrition feeding practices—particularly for vulnerable infants who survived birth-related emergencies or were born with low birth weight. Collectively this project will provide innovative data on how to best support infant survival and feeding among vulnerable infants.

Christine Moe, PhD (Rollins School of Public Health) and John Cranmer, DNP, MPH, ANP (Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing)

This project will develop interventions to prevent newborn sepsis, specifically: 1) co-design and test practical intervention packages customized to each facility’s WASH-sepsis profile, and 2) evaluate the feasibility and impact of these interventions on process indicators (e.g., cleaning practices, hand hygiene) and outcomes (environmental/hand contamination and neonatal sepsis morbidity and mortality). This study will lead to the development of proposals for NIH, bilateral aid agencies, and NGOs to design, implement, and evaluate evidence-based interventions at scale to reduce newborn sepsis.

Martha Rogers, MD, FAAP (Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing) and Scott JN McNabb, PhD, MS (Rollins School of Public Health)

Ethiopia struggles to provide universal health coverage (UHC) for its population. The largest cadre of health workers is the Health Extension Worker, accounting for 47% of the workforce, followed by nurses, approximately 30%. Physicians comprise <5% (1). For nurses to be able to realize their role in achieving UHC, they must not only be adequate in number, but adequately trained and regulated according to global standards. While the Nursing Association of Ethiopia attempts to provide guidance on nursing practice, Ethiopia lacks a legal nursing regulatory council. Emory has worked in partnership with the Nursing Council of Kenya (NCK) and nurse leaders from Addis Ababa University. Since Emory has a long history of working in both countries, this project will use a South-to-South approach, where Emory will facilitate the development of a plan to advance nursing regulation in Ethiopia through collaboration and sharing of knowledge, experience, materials, and documents between the NCK and a group of nurse leaders in Ethiopia.

Eri Saikawa, PhD, MPA (Rollins School of Public Health) and Adam Klein, MD (Emory School of Medicine)

This project will assess individual’s exposure to environmental hazards through a series of multiple-choice questions, including demographic information (social determinants of health), housing details (household pollution), behavior and activity pattern (ambient pollution). Based on the new collaboration through this grant, medical doctors will diagnose patients and provide them with treatments, while environmental scientists measure patients’ exposure to health hazards in their environment.

Anna Yaffee, MD (Emory School of Medicine) and Dian Evans, PhD (Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing)

This project will implement a three-part expansion of the Collaborative Advanced Trauma Care (CATC) program with the objective of streamlining and lessening overall burden of trauma morbidity and mortality in the Pakistan, through expansion and evaluation of the CATC course implemented throughout 5 hospitals in the Indus Health Network (IHN), a large free-of-cost hospital system that reaches all areas of the country. Additionally, the project will establish a regional trauma referral network and trauma registry, and develop a smartphone-based application to improve out-of-hospital trauma care as well as hand-off procedures within the referral network.

Kathryn Young, PhD (Rollins School of Public Health) and Fai Cheong, PhD (Emory College of Arts and Sciences)

This study supplements a parent randomized controlled trial (RCT) testing the impact of a web-based educational entertainment program to prevent sexual violence among college men in Vietnam. 793 men attending two universities in Hanoi completed a baseline survey in September 2019. The team will administer at 6 and 12 months post-baseline a new module on men’s online (and offline) exposure to sexually explicit material in the prior 6 months, a new module on child maltreatment to capture important confounders, and modules from the parent study on cognitive/attitudinal/affective mediators and sexual violence perpetration. Findings will inform adaptations of the web-based SV-prevention program to include a learning module on SEM for college men in Vietnam and globally.

Natália Bueno, PhD (Emory College of Arts and Sciences)

EGHI awarded its first rapid response seed grant in 2020 to Dr. Natália Bueno, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Emory College, to examine the consequences of a housing quality intervention in Brazilian slums on different outcomes related to the new coronavirus pandemic. 

Dr. Bueno, in partnership with TETO, a well-known non-governmental organization that mobilizes slum squatters to build higher quality prefabrication houses, aims to study the effects of TETO's housing quality intervention on 1) behavioral changes towards adherence to preventive behavior (basic hygiene and social distancing); 2) mental health disorders due to region-wide restrictions and confinement; 3) civic engagement within slums to mobilize for aid; and 4) community collective action towards maintaining quarantine.