Global Health Spring/Summer 2016


Zika: Surveillance and Response
Researchers have been aware of Zika virus since 1947, but it’s only within the past 10 years that the virus has spread rapidly and caused more than minor illness. Faculty at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine want to know why and how to respond to it.

Dr. Jane T. Bertrand

Tulane receives $7.2 million to continue family planning work in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine has received $7.2 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation for family planning research and programming in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The ACQUAL II Project (which stands for “access” and “quality”) will build on previous grants to Tulane from these two foundations.

Dr. Lizheng Shi

Tulane University Approved for $2.25 Million to Participate in New Diabetes Research Initiative
Tulane University will lead a $2.25 million effort to improve care coordination in diabetes management, which remains a major public health concern in the United States. The issue is especially of concern in Louisiana, which reports higher rates of illness and death from diabetes and cardiovascular disease than other regions of the U.S.

South African Health Videos 1South African Health Videos Improve Health Data Collection
Dr. Valerie Yeager, assistant professor of Global Health Management and Policy at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, has completed three “edutainment” videos that are being used in eLearning in the South African healthcare environment.

Sue Griffey worked with GCHB doctoral student Mengxi Zhang while she was visiting New Orleans on Alumni Association business.

Career Coach: A new mentoring program helps students and alumni connect on career planning
Dr. Sue Griffey  (IHD MPH ’83, DrPH ’93) has been mentoring SPHTM students informally for years. She would field calls from faculty members like former Assistant Professor Penny Jessop (MCH MPH ’78) who would ask her to talk to individual students about career paths and searching for a job. She longed to make it a more formal arrangement.

pierre_thumbMessage from The Dean
In this issue, we explore how Tulane SPHTM is responding to Zika, a virus at the nexus of several of our research areas. We also highlight a mentoring program that our Alumni Association has launched, an excellent opportunity for both student mentees and their alumni mentors. Through two very personal articles, we celebrate two colleagues who have left indelible marks on our school.