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Global Health News

This page highlights featured news from the Office of Global Health and from Dornsife centers, programs, and faculty conducting research in global public health.

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Featured Global Health News

Dornsife's Office of Global Health Releases New Annual Report

May 26, 2022 - The Office of Global Health has released its 2021 annual report, which highlights ways that the office overcame challenges, fostered innovation, and developed strong research partnerships over the last year.

New Report Documents Violence Against Health Care in Conflict (pdf)

May 24, 2022 — Dornsife researchers from the Office of Global Health participated in the preparation of a new annual report by Safeguarding Health in Conflict that documents global incidence of attacks and threats against health workers.

Doctors, Epidemiologists, Public Health and Medical Experts File Title 42 Amicus Brief

May 6, 2022 — Joseph Amon, PhD, MSPH, Clinical Professor and Director of the Office of Global Health at the Dornsife School of Public Health, and fellow public health and medical practitioners signed and issued an amicus brief on Title 42, which is the law that allows the CDC to prevent immigration ostensibly due to COVID. It concludes that "Title 42 is not an effective public health mechanism but does harm asylum seekers by blocking them from seeking safety. Through multifaceted and science-based public health measures, the CDC can protect both public health and the rights of asylum seekers."

Dornsife's Office of Global Health Launches New Online Course on Health and Human Rights Documentation and Advocacy

April 28, 2022 — In partnership with Asia Catalyst, the Office of Global Health has developed a free, online course—Know It, Prove It, Change It, that provides tools and strategies for human rights advocacy.

SALURBAL Policy Brief on Climate Change and Urban Health Focuses on Lessons from Latin American Cities

April 22, 2022 — A new SALURBAL publication describes what some cities in Latin America are doing to maximize the co-benefits of climate action, and how public health researchers and policymakers can support effective urban policies and interventions.

The University of Cienfuegos and the Dornsife School of Public Health Renew Partnership

March 24, 2022 — Cuba's University of Cienfuegos and the Dornsife School of Public Health have renewed a partnership to continue their Community, Health, and Environment (CHE) program. This joint program began in 2016 as a short-term study abroad opportunity to learn how public health in Cuba, and it continues to grow. Representing Dornsife was Idris Robinson, MPH, Director of Global Health Engagement at Drexel.

Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition Addresses Attacks on Health Care in Ukraine and Other Territories

March 23, 2022Joseph Amon, PhD, MSPH, Clinical Professor and Director of the Office of Global Health at the Dornsife School of Public Health, helped to organize a letter asking the World Health Organization (WHO) to take additional steps as health care increasingly becomes a target in Ukraine.

A Long Way to Go Towards Achieving Equitable Access to Water And Sanitation in Latin American Cities

March 22, 2022 — On World Water Day, March 22, the Salud Urbana en América Latina (SALURBAL) project reflected on what the project's research reveals about inequities in access to water and sanitation across Latin American cities.

The Legacy of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Visionary Health and Human Rights Activist

February 23, 2022Joseph Amon, PhD, MSPH, Clinical Professor and Director of the Office of Global Health at the Dornsife School of Public Health, reflects on the many public health contributions of Dr. Paul Farmer, a leader in health equity and inspiration to so many, who passed away unexpectedly on February 21, 2022.

Human Rights in Pandemics: Criminal and Punitive Approaches to COVID-19

February 19, 2022Nina Sun, JD, Deputy Director of Global Health and Assistant Clinical Professor, and Joseph Amon, PhD, MSPH, Clinical Professor and Director of the Office of Global Health, both at the Dornsife School of Public Health, joined colleagues from UNAIDS in publishing an article in BMJ Global Health that analyzes criminal and punitive approaches to COVID-19.

Adolescent Mothers in Eastern and Southern Africa: An Overlooked and Uniquely Vulnerable Subpopulation in the Fight Against HIV

February 13, 2022 — Researchers from the Dornsife School of Public Health including Allison Groves, PhD, MHS, assistant professor, Alex Ezeh, PhD, MSc, professor, Luwam T. Gebrekristos, MPH, doctoral student, and Patrick D. Smith, RN, doctoral student, co-led a publication in the Journal of Adolescent Health that examined the intersection between adolescent motherhood and HIV infection across 10 Eastern and Southern African countries, where over half of all HIV infections occur among adolescent girls.

New Workshop Champions Reproductive Justice and Advocacy

January 31, 2022 — The Office of Global Health co-sponsored an inaugural health and human rights workshop on reproductive justice. Participants learned more about opportunities and strategies in health and human rights advocacy.

January's Global Health Brown Bag Features Research on Substance Use

January 27, 2022 — Attendees at January's Global Health Brown Bag Talk, presented by the Office of Global Health, heard from Mariana Lazo, MD, PhD, SCM, associate research professor in Community Health and Prevention, who spoke about “Alcohol consumption in Latin American cities: Burden and inequalities.” Then Rosie Mae Henson, PdD (c) in Health Management and Policy, presented “Exploring U.S. influence on drug use and overdose in Mexican cities.” Watch the brown bag talk.

Greenspaces and Urban Socioeconomic Health Inequalities in Latin America

January 20, 2022 — A new SALURBAL study explores the role of greenspaces in determining mortality inequalities in cities across Latin America, and sheds light on the complex connections that should guide urban planning and decision-making to promote health equity.

2021 Global News Stories

Urban Health Collaborative Awarded Grant to Study Impacts of Paid Maternity and Paternity Leave in Latin America

December 21, 2021 — Ana Ortigoza, MD, PhD, MPH, MS, senior research scientist II, Urban Health Collaborative, and Ana V. Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH, Dean of the Dornsife School of Public Health and Director, Urban Health Collaborative, will lead a study on the impacts of paid maternity and paternity leave policies on health outcomes in Latin America and their potential for the United States.

International Presentation Award (IPA) Reflection

December 9, 2021 — At the 5th Healthy City Design International Congress, Nishi Dsouza presented dissertation research at a session entitled "Citizen perspectives on urban health." Dsouza, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Community Health and Prevention who is advised by Dr. Ana Martinez-Donate, wrote about the experience for Drexel's Office of Global Engagement.

Longitudinal Analysis of HIV and HSV-2 Incidence Among Adolescent Mothers in South Africa

November 25, 2021 — Ali Groves, PhD, MHS, assistant professor in the Community Health and Prevention department, led a team that published an analysis in JAIDS: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes that concluded adolescent motherhood "increased risk of HSV-2 and engagement in age-disparate partnerships, both known risk factors for HIV infection."

COP26: Dra. Michelle Bachelet Y Dra. Ana Ortigoza Resaltan la Necesidad de Luchar Por Una Mejor Calidad de Aire Para Nuestros NIños

November 17, 2021 — Ana Ortigoza, investigadora de SALURBAL se une a la expresidenta Michelle Bachelet y a autoridades locales para resaltar la importancia de mejorar la calidad el aire en las ciudades de Latinoamérica.

The CDC Turns Its Back on Migrants and Science

October 7, 2021 — Joe Amon, PhD, MSPH, clinical professor and director of the Office of Global Health, and Jamile Tellez Lieberman, MPH, a doctoral student at Dornsife, co-authored this Inter-Press Service opinion piece about the intersection of public health policy and migration at the United States border with Mexico. They make the case for a repeal of the CDC’s Title 42 policy, which "enables profound and irreparable harm to migrant families and single adults."

UHC Awarded $1.2 Million to Establish a Training Program for Cardiovascular Disease Risk Research in Central America

October 4, 2021 — The Drexel Urban Health Collaborative, in partnership with the Institute for Nutrition of Central America and Panama have partnered to establish a training program focused on developing the research capabilities of trainees and local capacity building in the conduct of policy-relevant research on the influence of social determinants and place-based factors on CVD risk across the lifespan.

Mobility Reductions Helped Minimize COVID-19 Spread in Latin American Neighborhoods

September 22, 2021 — A recent SALURBAL investigation published in the Lancet Digital Health examines the longitudinal associations between population mobility and COVID-19 incidence at the subcity level across a large number of Latin American cities.

Engaging Mandela Fellows on Key Challenges in Monitoring and Evaluation

August 24, 2021 — Nishi Dsouza, Urban Health Collaborative Doctoral Fellow, and Joe Amon, PhD, MSPH, facilitated a session on monitoring & evaluation for the Mandela Washington Fellows, a group of young African leaders. They discussed core principles and key challenges of policymaking amidst uncertainty – an appropriate topic given the current coronavirus pandemic.

The Impact of COVID-19 Has Been Lower in Africa. We Explore the Reasons

August 17, 2021 — Alex Ezeh, PhD, professor of Global Health at Dornsife, co-authored this opinion essay for The Conversation about why the impact of COVID-19 has been lower in Africa than in many other areas of the world. Ezeh proposes several policy prescriptions to help improve health practice based on research.

Preventable Deaths Differ Dramatically Across Cities in Latin America

August 9, 2021 — A recent SALURBAL investigation published in the International Journal of Epidemiology highlights differences in the number of deaths that could have been prevented through medical and health care across urban settings in the Latin America region.

More Than 4,000 Attacks Against Health Workers, Facilities, and Transports Since 2016 Underscore Need for Action to Protect Health Care in Conflict

May 5, 2021 — A report from the Office of Global Health and 40+ other members of the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition identifies 4,000+ incidents of violence against health care in the past five years and highlights the need for the UN Security Council and all nations to prevent attacks and hold those accountable.

The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Harm Reduction Services

April 14, 2021 — Joe Amon, PhD, MSPH, director of the Office of Global Health, in collaboration with experts from the UN Office of Drugs and Crime, the World Health Organization, UNAIDS, the International AIDS Society, the International Network of People who Use Drugs and other civil society leaders and researchers, wrote a statement on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on access to HIV, hepatitis and harm reduction services that was read at the opening plenary of the 64th annual meeting of the UN’s Commission on Narcotic Drugs.

Human Rights and Fair Access to COVID-19 Vaccines: The International Aids Society–Lancet Commission on Health and Human Rights

March 24, 2021 — Joe Amon, PhD, MSPH, director of the Office of Global Health, and other members of The Lancet Commission on Health and Human Rights call for COVID-19 vaccine access for low and middle-income countries.

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Sounding the Alarm on a Global Public Health Challenge

March 24, 2021Mariana Lazo, MD, PhD, ScM, associate research professor at Dornsife's Urban Health Collaborative, participated in an expert panel focused on the public health burden of fatty liver disease in Latin America. The panel and subsequent white paper were organized by The Economist Intelligence Unit and the International Liver Foundation.

The Power of Geospatial Data In Developing Countries

February 9, 2021 — Dornsife 2019 Visiting Global Health Scholar Victoria Gammino, PhD, MPH, discusses her Mitre Corp's team efforts to develop a machine learning model to identify health facilities in Africa.

Life Expectancy and Causes of Death Differ Dramatically Across Cities in Latin America

January 25, 2021 — A recent investigation from the Salud Urbana en América Latina (SALURBAL) Project published in Nature Medicine showcases the differences in life expectancy and causes of death in Latin America and highlights the importance of identifying urban and health policies and interventions to promote health in the region and in the growing urban areas of the world.

2020 Global News Stories

Human Rights and Digital Health Technologies

December 8, 2020 — Joe Amon, PhD, MSPH, director of the Office of Global Health and Nina Sun, JD, deputy director of global health and human rights and assistant clinical professor in the department of Community Health and Prevention co-authored this piece for the Health and Human Rights journal along with Kenechukwu Esom and Mandeep Dhaliwal. It outline key harms related to digital technologies for health, as well as ethical and human rights standards relevant to their use.

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Protecting Girls From Sexual Violence in Schools: Recognizing Their Rights to Education, Health and Autonomy

October 14, 2020 - Nina Sun, JD, deputy director of global health and human rights and assistant clinical professor in the department of Community Health and Prevention, hosted a Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters (SRHM) interview about protecting girls from sexual violence in schools.

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Professor Ezeh Receives Prestigious Macdonald Medal Award and Bixby International Leader Fellowship

September 22, 2020 - Alex Ezeh, PhD, professor of Global Health in the department of Community Health and Prevention at the Dornsife School of Public Health, received two honors that recognize his commitment to global health.

Webinar: Protecting Human Rights During the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 18, 2020 - The virtual event, moderated by Nina Sun, JD, assistant clinical professor and deputy director of Global Health at Dornsife, focused on the urgent need to protect populations and communities left behind during the pandemic.

Who Gets Care in a Pandemic? Assuring Human Rights Is Part of Preparedness

April 23, 2020 - Joe Amon, PhD, MSPH, director of the Office of Global Health, authored an op-ed about how doctors and nurses decide who receives care and what that means for health and human rights during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Protecting Girls From Sexual Violence in Schools: Recognizing Their Rights to Education, Health and Autonomy

October 14, 2020 - Nina Sun, JD, deputy director of global health and human rights and assistant clinical professor in the department of Community Health and Prevention, hosted a Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters (SRHM) interview about protecting girls from sexual violence in schools.

2019 Global News Stories

Ali Groves and Sarah Bowler at the WHO meeting in Geneva

Addressing the Needs of Adolescent Mothers and Children in the Fight Against HIV at the World Health Organization in Geneva

December 18, 2019 - Ali Groves, PhD, MHS, assistant professor of Community Health and Prevention at the Dornsife School of Public Health (DSPH), was selected to participate in an advocacy development session at a World Health Organization (WHO) meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.

Groves was joined by her mentee, Sarah Bowler, MPH ’20, a Dornsife Fellow and student in the department of Health Management and Policy.

She spoke about her current projects, research goals and challenges. Read a Q&A with assistant professor Ali Groves.

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SALURBAL Team Members Participate in the 2019 Planetary Health Annual Meeting in Palo Alto, California

September 7, 2019 - Claire Slesinski was one of the researchers representing the Salud Urbana en America Latina (SALURBAL) project at an event organized by the Planetary Health Alliance. This annual meeting works toward “catalyzing efforts towards resolving the great planetary health crises of our time.”

She spoke about challenges, predictions, and advice as a global health professional. Read a Q & A with Claire Slesinski, SALURBAL project manager.

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New Grant to Assess Health of Mexican Immigrants to the United States

July 2, 2019 - Ana Martinez-Donate, PhD, an associate professor in the department of Community Health and Prevention at the Dornsife School of Public Health, was awarded a 5-year, $3.1 million R01 grant, from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in June 2019.

She shared some of her team’s achievements and important next steps in understanding and improving health care for migrants.

Read At the Border: Q&A with Ana Martinez-Donate on the Drexel News blog.

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