The Global Health Equity Scholars (GHES) program is designed to create a new community of researchers, educators, and professionals prepared to address new and emerging global health challenges. We build on the last 5 years of this training program to create a cadre of new researchers who can dedicate their research career to address the health problems that arise out of inequity of human conditions prevalent in informal human settlements that the United Nations has defined as slums. Rather than addressing one disease at a time, we propose to provide a comprehensive, multidisciplinary and integrated approach to deal with slum health issues, developed over many years by various participating faculty members of this program.
The GHES supports fellowships in the areas of chronic, non-communicable, as well as infectious diseases, especially STI/HIV, environmental health hazards, risks specific to women and children, intentional and unintentional injuries, and mental health. Additionally, this training program supports research on the challenges of providing accessible and high quality health care services at all levels in resource-limited settings. Interventions that seek to address the management of scarce resources and identify innovative solutions to improve health services, and the evaluation of these interventions are also supported.
Training is provided to US postdoctoral fellows and doctoral students, as well as low and middle-income country (LMIC) postdoctoral fellows. Each year, 10 to 16 fellows are selected through a competitive process and they subsequently complete 12 months of mentored training while conducting a research project under the supervision of the GHES and the collaborating LMIC mentors. The fellowship provides both research and career mentorship throughout the course of their training. Among other requirements, fellows are expected to attend a week-long orientation with the NIH Fogarty International Center in the summer, secure human subjects approvals (if applicable), and publish peer-reviewed manuscripts stemming from the fellowship.