Little Changes, Big Impact

Laura Murphy's research focuses on social change in rural Africa and HIV/AIDS epidemic in that region of the world.

Laura Murphy, clinical associate professor of global health systems and development, has been named to the first class of social entrepreneurship professors. The establishment of this program provides a critical mass of faculty support for university-wide, interdisciplinary endeavors in social entrepreneurship and social innovation.

Each of the five professors has been appointed to a separately endowed professorship named after their core benefactor, making Murphy the Carnegie Corporation of New York Professor in Social Entrepreneurship.

View a video conversation with Laura Murphy.

Murphy studies HIV and AIDS in rural Africa and the impact of emerging technologies on those afflicted with the disease. In a video produced for the announcement, Murphy talks about how she discovered the ways in which cell phones – and the inexpensive ways to charge them – were making a difference in the lives of the people there.

“I kind of stumbled into it, and in an entrepreneurial fashion, I ran with it,” Murphy says of the solar charging devices for which she is advocating in Kenya.

Recognizing that small changes make big impacts, Murphy has seen how technology has improved lives and made people safer and happier.

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About Tulane University SPHTM

Tulane's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine is the oldest school of public health in the country and the only American school of tropical medicine. Our mission is to advance public health knowledge, promote health and well-being, and prevent disease, disability, and premature mortality. This is accomplished through academic excellence in education of public health professionals, rigorous scientific research of public health problems, creative partnerships to advance the practice of public health, and innovative service to the local, national, and international public health community.
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