Students to tackle health issues around the world as GHLI Fellows

Four Yale students have been selected as Global Health Leadership Institute (GHLI) Fellows and will work with country delegations around the world through the summer. Working in Brazil, the Eastern Caribbean, Ghana, and Uganda, they will focus on a range of issues — including early childhood development, mental health, and non-communicable diseases.

“Working with Yale faculty and our colleagues in Ghana, Brazil, Uganda, and Trinidad, GHLI Fellows are at the ground floor in gaining first-hand experience in supporting the development and implementation of new global health,” said Mike Skonieczny, executive director of GHLI.

The 2014 GHLI Fellows and the countries where they will work are:

Carolina Rivera (Brazil)
Rivera is a sophomore at Yale with a major in history. During her time with the Brazilian delegation, Rivera will focus on early childhood development programs in São Paolo.

Austin Jaspers (Ghana)
Jaspers is a senior at Yale College with a double major in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology, and political science. While working with the Ghanaian delegation, he will help to address mental health issues at the community level.

Ffyona Patel (Eastern Caribbean)
Patel is a M.P.H. degree candidate at the School of Public Health with a concentration in health policy and management, and a focus on strengthening health systems. During her time with the delegation from the Eastern Caribbean, Patel will focus on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) on the island of Trinidad and Tobago.

Sarah Ali (Uganda)
Ali is a M.P.H. degree candidate at the School of Public Health with concentrations in chronic disease epidemiology and global health. Ali will work with members of the Ugandan delegation to help with their efforts to expand clinical care, health worker training, and research surrounding NCDs. 

GHLI develops global health leadership at Yale and around the world through education and research programs that strengthen health systems and promote health equity and quality of care for all.

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