Field Scholars Awards Program


The Emory Global Health Institute funds multidisciplinary student teams to conduct global learning projects in partnership with organizations in other countries.

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2021 Global Health Institute Field Scholars


Our Field Scholars are students from across Emory University who have proposed innovative global learning projects that involve a partnership with local organizations in the country where they seek to conduct field work.

A list of the 2021 Field Scholars and their projects are found below. Please click on each project to learn about the scholars and their global health field experiences. 

2021 Global Health Institute Field Scholars

2021 Multidisciplinary Team Field Scholar Projects

This team will focus on an agile co-design process with in-country project partners to iterate upon the prototypes and plan for community-based implementation. Project objectives include 1) field testing and revising the water quality testing protocol for community workers, 2) developing AI-driven object detection and classification algorithms to identify E.coli in water sample images and, 3) developing pilot program implementation and evaluation plans with EcoFiltro.

Team members: Alejandro Arzu (Emory College) // Sandra Bourdon (Emory College) // Diana Ximena de Leon Figueroa (UVG) // Maria Gabriela Croissiert Muguercia (UVG) // Elaina Sinclair (Rollins School of Public Health) // Amara Tariq (Emory School of Medicine)

This team will assess baseline data on breast cancer awareness among women in Cusco, Peru, using a validated Breast CAM tool, and provide CerviCusco with evidence-based,linguistically sensitive and culturally appropriate breast cancer awareness educational materials.

Team members: Phoebe Borsum (Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing) // Yesnley Flores (Rollins School of Public Health) // Victoria Huynh (Emory College) // Sloan Oliver (Rollins School of Public Health) // Caitlin Plumb (Rollins School of Public Health) 

The team will demonstrate the mHealth App developed at Georgia Tech and iteratively adapt the App with input from adolescents and healthcare providers in South Africa. We will then test the acceptability and feasibility of this intervention among healthcare providers and adolescents living with HIV who are transitioning to adult care in South Africa.

Team members: Sivasomasundari Arunarasu (Emory College) // Messaline Fomo (Rollins School of Public Health) // John Newman (Emory School of Medicine)

The members of the research team willuse descriptive statistics to analyze differences in demographic and pediatric emergency department (PED) data among refugee and non-refugee patients during the study time period. Research members will assemble a coding team to perform a thematic analysisof the data from the qualitative interviews. Interview will continue until thematic saturation (the point where no new themes emerge) is reached. Members will also conduct a content analysis of legislative policies regarding healthcare resources for the refugee community. Along with the focus groups interviews, members of the research team and key stakeholders will identify gaps in resources the emerge from the data analysis and develop interventions. Results of this study will be presented in an abstract and manuscript for the purposes of publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Team members: Risbhab Bhatt (Emory College) // Abhiram Manda (Emory College) // Yiyang Mei (Emory School of Law) // Jamie Gross Pattee (Rollins School of Public Health/Emory School of Medicine) // Joanna Yu (Emory College)

The project seeks to leverageframeworks developed by previous CBPR researchers for childhood and young adult vaccines and deploy qualitative research methodologies to gather insights related to knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs (KAB) about the transmission, testing, and vaccination efforts related to COVID-19 in the Ethiopian diaspora in DeKalb County, Georgia. The team will use a qualitative focus group approach leveraging guides and resources created for previous studies and interventions for HPV and DTaP/3HPV/1MMR/3HepB/3Hib/1 VZV antigen series adapted for the Ethiopian community. Outcomes of this project include a better understanding of the KABs of DeKalb County’s Ethiopian Diaspora, vetted messages, data tools, vaccine campaign materials, and vaccination distribution models. The team plans to publish findings in peer reviewed journals.

Team members: Michele Wan Chen (Emory College) // Chloe Esposito (Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing) // Siri Peddineni (Emory College) // Bailie Schock (Emory College) // Chenmua Yang (Rollins School of Public Health)

The team will conduct a systematic review of the medical, educational, and grey literature to characterize the structure, process, and outcomes of similar bidirectional international learning exchanges. The team will query, via Survey Monkey, current Residency and Fellowship program leaders at US based institutions to determine their experience with other bidirectional educational models. A national survey of current US residency and fellowship program directors to determin their experiences with bidirectional learning. Knowledge gathered from this systematic review, experiences from other medical education experts of current programs, and discussions with the PACT and Paedspal team members will help inform curriculum development for our intended bidirectional educational exchange. Proposed curriculum will be shared with content experts, both in the US and at the partner site in South Africa.

Team members: Pari Kapila (Emory College) // Huyaam Samiels (University of Cape Town) // Audrey Sommer (Rollins School of Public Health) // Olivia Street (Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing) // Sreyas Yennampelli (Emory College)

The team will conduct an in-depth site visit to Suchana. Specific activities would include: (1)Review of documents and interviews (prior to departure) (2)Additional key informant interviews with in-country staff and stakeholders(3)Focus group discussions with frontline workers (4)Focus group discussions with key community groups, such as mothers with infants and young children (5)Observation of project activities, such as in-home counseling, farmer groups, and training sessions. At the conclusion of these activities, the team will use MAXQDA to conduct preliminary analysis of Suchana specific data, and will provide a brief written summary and/or presentation (depending on project preference) of results, with recommendations for ongoing implementation.

Team members: Bridgitte Garnache (Oxford College of Emory) // Mica Jenkins (Laney Graduate School) // Katie Leite (Rollins School of Public Health) // Madeline Steiner (Laney Graduate School/MDP)

The team will conduct a needs assessment and business plan for the implementation of a home-visitation program that will address the challenge of island residents with complex care issues. A mixed methods approach will be employed, with quantitative collection of demographic, community, and health-usage data, and obtaining qualitative data through key stakeholder interviews and focus groups. Evaluation points will include successful completion of assessment and analysis goals, as well as creation of a separate evaluation plan for the business proposal.

Team members: Shapreka Clarke (University of the Bahamas) // Esther Lee (Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing) // Shenae Miller (Rollins School of Public Health) // Nicole Pozzo (Emory College) // Amy Richards (Rollins School of Public Health) // Messie Nyagua Squire (Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing)

This project will conduct a mixed-method needs assessment forthe Christian Health Association of Lesotho (CHAL) across three domains: clinical services (focus on HIV, mental health, and maternal and child health), administrative and financial operations, and organizational structure. The team will adapt and pilot existing survey instrumentsfor the clinicalneeds assessmentbefore implementing in CHAL facilities. The team will employ a qualitative methodology for understanding thevarious inter-related factors that impact the administrativeand financial operations of CHAL as well as its overall organizational structure.

Team members: Crista Irwin (Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing) // Mapuseletso (Christina) Mariti (Scott College of Nursing - Lesotho) // Mafuse Mahlo (Roma College of Nursing - Lesotho) // Marija Pritchard (Candler School of Theology) // Tshepiso Seotla (Paray School of Nursing - Lesotho) // Nyaisi Ts'eledi (Mauti Adventist College - Lesotho)

The project distinguishes between “Public Health,” as a project of formal institutions that leads to policies and professional training of generally non-immigrant and monolingual providers, and “The Public’s Health” often diverges from state-driven medical approaches and represents the multiple ways that residents of immigrant-populated urban districts express pre- and post-migratory ideas about diseases and cures. The project addresses the following connected questions: a) How do continuities in the perceptions of neighborhoods with large immigrant populations, by both residents and state representatives, shape public health; b) How do built environments (streets, homes, buildings, sidewalks) influence public health outcomes over time? c) How have disease, epidemics, accidents, and crime intersected with migration and spatial development? d) How have immigrants and their descendants produced alternatives (ranging from homeopathic medicine to protests) to state-imposed health programs such as vaccinations or the use of chemical sprays to kill mosquitos?

Team members: Cintia de Almeida (UNIFESP - Brazil) // Sabrina Jin (Emory College) // Luana Mendes Nascimento (UNIFESP - Brazil) // Savannah Miller (Rollins School of Public Health) // Ayssa Norek (Laney Graduate School) // Emily Pingel (Laney Graduate School) // Surbhi Shrivastava (Laney Graduate School)

A multi-country qualitative research project to document the revocation of the Global Gag Rule through U.S. global health programs in Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe.

Team members: Honora Cargile (Laney Graduate School/MDP) // Aishwarya Iyer (Rollins School of Public Health) // Savannah Miller (Rollins School of Public Health) // Anisha Sheth (Rollins School of Public Health) // Margaret Switzer (Rollins School of Public Health) // Allison Wynne (Rollins School of Public Health)

The objective of this study is to assess the perspectives and experiences of unintended pregnancy among individuals in Costa Rica and the relation to reproductive rights and health laws and policies. The proposed study will seek to understand the perceptions held by Costa Rican populations including healthcare workers, activists and the refugee and immigrant community.

Team members: Daniel Arroyo (Universidad de Ciencias Médicas) // Melissa Cobb (Laney Graduate School/MDP) // Blake Erhart-Ohren (UC Berkeley) // McKaylah Hilliard (Rollins School of Public Health/Goizueta Business School) // Amari O'Bannon (Rollins School of Public Health) // Ellen Pier (Rollins School of Public Health)

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