Global Health

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The international portfolio of research conducted by the School of Public Health Division of Epidemiology & Community Health addresses sustainable health systems, emergency medicine, forced migration, disease prevention and treatment, and worldwide health crises like HIV/AIDS, malaria, and Ebola.

Protecting the health of women and girls of color in sanctuary cities: A public health perspective 
Zobeida Bonilla

This project increases awareness of the public health impact that immigration policies have on the health of women and girls of colors, and documents the potential of sanctuary cities as safety nets to ensure the well-being of families and communities.


Assessment of a community support intervention for persons living with HIV in rural Ethiopia
Alan Lifson

In Ethiopia, more than a quarter of HIV patients drop out of a health provider’s care one year after starting treatment, leading to greater risk in developing severe illness or even death, and are at greater risk of spreading HIV to others.

This study, which takes place in southern Ethiopia, is a randomized community trial evaluating the efficacy of partnering community support workers with HIV patients to provide education, counseling/social support, and linkage to the HIV clinic. 2,600 HIV patients who are newly enrolled in care will be followed for at least three years, with a primary goal of improving retention in HIV care, and secondary goals of improving client knowledge, attitudes, feeling of social support, quality of life, and clinical status. Read more about this study.

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