By Emily Morin

Summer 2015 Exchange-Student Opportunities in Guatemala with CeSSIAM

February 23rd, 2015 in Practicums/Internships

Are you looking for a summer opportunity to be involved in research in Guatemala?

The Center for Studies of Sensory Impairment, Aging and Metabolism (CeSSIAM) was founded in 1985 in Guatemala for the original purpose of investigating the association between vitamin A deficiency and blindness.

CeSSIAM is currently investigating the effects of diet and specific micronutrients on outcomes such as health and function. It also mentors pre-doctoral and doctoral students as they lead several research projects.  CeSSIAM works in partnership with INF to conduct cutting-edge nutritional research in Latin America and is staffed by six core research professionals working in three thematic investigative areas, which are described below. There are several opportunities for this summer detailed below. Interested students should send a professionally written letter of interest and resume to Dr. Noel Solomons via, with a cc to Joe Anzalone via

Summer 2014 projects:

Lactation Biology: We have on-going projects involving the collection and analysis of human milk (using standardized unilateral full-breast evacuation) in relation to subclinical mastitis prevalence and nutrient quality across different social strata and stages of lactation. The Center has an iCHECK rapid vitamina A analyzer.

Dietary Assessment: For students with a dietetics/nutrition background, we can offer a non-field – but in-country – experience generating some contextual analyses for manuscripts based on complete population diet-intake data-sets to be combined with specialized food-composition data-bases.

Stunting Biology: Guatemala has the highest prevalence of under-five stunting in the Americas, and sequelae in its adult population. One of our student-driven areas is using photographic images of individuals to assess length of different body segments (leg-length in adults) and total-length in newborn. This will allow for rapid, friendly survey approaches to assessing the anatomical aspects of the experience of linear growth failure.

Nutritional Environment Measurement Survey (NEMS): We are pioneering innovative departures surrounding the NEMS, which seeks to assess the availability and accessibility of food (and healthful food) in the different food-supply systems of Guatemala. We shall be refining and expanding experience in Supermarkets, and moving to the Tienda setting. We shall expand street-level mapping of dispensing establishments, and relate them to purchasing patterns of neighborhood residents. We shall look to the cafeteria and restaurant domain of the NEMS, as well.

Expected 2015 research titles:

  • Mutual Interactions among Anti-oxidative Nutrients, Antioxidant Enzymes and Urinary Biomarkers of Oxidative Stress in Guatemalan Preschoolers in the Western Highlands
  • Milk Osmolality and Body Hydration Status in Lactating Mothers from the Western Highlands of Guatemala
  • Osmolality values of previously frozen human milk from Guatemalan mothers: Effects of temperature range for thawing and of storage duration.
  • Risk factors associated with low 25(OH)D concentrations in Kekchi-Mayan and Garifuna adolescents from Guatemala
  • Milk Mineral and Cytokine Concentrations Differ in Guatemalan Mothers with Subclinical Mastitis (SCM) by Stage of Lactation
  • Factors Associated with Subclinical Mastitis (SCM) Among Indigenous Mothers in the Western Highlands of Guatemala
  • An Intervention to Co-package Zinc and Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) Improves Health Provider Prescription and Maternal Adherence to WHO-recommended Diarrhea Treatment in Western Guatemala
  •  Maternal Perceptions and Experiences with an Intervention to Increase Adherence to WHO Recommended Zinc (Zn) + Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) for Diarrhea Treatment in Western Guatemala
  • The Validity of Digital-Camera Photography for Estimating Birth-Length in Guatemalan Newborns
  • Development of a formal protocol to map the community food environment using direct observation: a case study in urban Guatemala



Executive Director with Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM),

May 12th, 2014 in Jobs

Learn more about the job description and how to apply here: UAEM Executive Director Job Announcement

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May 12th, 2014 in Jobs

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Field Operations Fellow with The Lwala Community Alliance based in Kenya

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Part-time live-in family helper position

May 12th, 2014 in Jobs, Outside Announcements

Looking for an energetic, organized, responsible individual to join our family as a part-time live-in family helper for our 2 lively and sweet children (ages 1 and 3).  We are offering a 1 bedroom apartment and parking in a great Brookline location convenient to the T in exchange for approximately 20 hours of work each week (primarily in the late afternoon/early evenings). 

Work includes evening babysitting (averaging 4 evenings a month), daily afternoon dog walking (an enthusiastic lab), dinner prep/some cooking, lunch prep, after dinner clean up, food shopping, laundry and miscellaneous household tasks and errands.

We are looking for someone who can commit to at least 1 year of work.  This position would be ideal for a graduate student who does not have early evening commitments, a daycare/preschool or elementary teacher or a recent college graduate with late afternoons free. 

Please note that the position will not be a paid one, in exchange for approximately 20 hours of work a week, you will get a great 1 bedroom apartment and parking space in a wonderful Brookline location.

If you are interested, please email Jane at

CANCELLED: “Women’s Self-Help Groups in India: Empowerment, not Charity” presentation May 15th

May 11th, 2014 in Fellowships

Women’s Self-Help Groups in India: Empowerment, not Charity scheduled for May 15th is cancelled.

Academic Program Coordinator position open in the Department of Global Health

May 9th, 2014 in Jobs

Learn more about the job description and how to apply here!

Ibis Reproductive Health Development and Communications Manager

May 8th, 2014 in Jobs

Development and Communications Manager

Ibis Reproductive Health, Cambridge, MA

Ibis Reproductive Health is seeking an experienced fund development and communications professional to coordinate and help manage a broad array of Ibis’s fund development and communications activities. This is a new position designed to help Ibis expand its fund development and communications efforts. Ibis has an ambitious five-year fund development plan focused on expanding strategic partnerships and developing a major donor program. We also plan to grow our online and social media activities and to complete a major overhaul our website. We are looking for someone with strong writing and organizational skills who is enthusiastic about our mission to improve women’s reproductive autonomy, choices, and health worldwide.

The Development and Communications Manager will provide support and leadership to all of the activities described above. (S)he will write grant proposals/reports and manage grant proposal processes; set up and maintain various systems to monitor and track fundraising progress and donor communications; help build Ibis’s major donor program; write and produce communications materials; and oversee website changes and updates, among other activities. (S)he will work closely with the Director of Development and Communications to implement development and communications work plans and meet annual development and communications goals.


·         3-7 years of experience in fund development (preferred) and/or communications

·         Excellent, proven writing skills

·         Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines

·         Reproductive/women’s health or public health knowledge and experience preferred

·         Commitment to furthering Ibis’s mission and women’s reproductive rights

·         Master’s degree or equivalent experience

·         Sense of humor

This position reports to the Director of Development and Communications. Salary is competitive and based on experience with a generous benefits package. Please send a CV and cover letter to with the subject “Development & Communications Manager.”  Position will remain open until filled.

For more information about Ibis Reproductive Health, please visit

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MGH Global Health Conversations: A Future for Libya

May 6th, 2014 in Outside Announcements

 Global Health Conversations


A Future for Libya

Please join the Division of Global Health and Human Rights and 

the Center for Global Health for an evening conversation 

with physicians from Benghazi, Libya 


 Moderated by

Dr. Thomas Burke

Chief, Division of Global Health and Human Rights

Department of Emergency Medicine

Massachusetts General Hospital



Tuesday, May 13, 2014

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

O’Keeffe Auditorium

Blake Building – 1st Floor

Massachusetts General Hospital




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Join us as we welcome a 2010 BUSPH graduate to get the inside scoop on a global health career after graduation

May 6th, 2014 in Fellowships



Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 1:45-2:45pm in Crosstown Room CT460A

Take this opportunity to learn the inside scoop of the fast track global public career from one of our recent star graduates, Cristin Marona.  Cristin is the Global Technical Advisor at Futures Group International based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Cristin manages a global portfolio covering areas of behavior change communication, business development, and advocacy & capacity building on various health, economic and education focused programs. Her behavior change communication work ranges in technical areas, including maternal and child health, gender based violence, orphans and vulnerable children, and poverty reduction.

Cristin will be in Boston in May where she also serves as Co-Instructor with Professor James Wolff in IH744 Program Design for Global Health.  Don’t miss the opportunity to hear her describe her truly remarkable post-MPH career. She will also share first hand real time career tips, her views on the most important skills to secure while at BUSPH, and fascinating, behind the scenes stories from the field.

For those of you determined to work in global health programs, Cristin’s advice and insights will prove invaluable.

To be sure there will be enough room and FOOD and DRINK for all, be sure and RSVP in SPH CareerLink!