A message from the BU African Studies Center:
The University has for years been accumulating Frequent Flyer miles from air travel booked through the BU travel agency. Dean of Students Kenn Elmore applied for, and was given, permission to award these millions of unused miles to both graduate and undergraduate students, for travel related to their education and research. Although the precise conditions are still not clear, Elmore’s office says that the travel must be done by December 31, 2013. That means that all the travel has to be booked and completed by that date.
***Important information to note: The BU Dean of Students office has announced that these miles cannot be used towards foreign tickets. International public health opportunities to use these miles could be to present at a global health conference in the US, to travel to a US-based internship, etc.
Steve Singer, Associate Dean of Students at email@example.com is the direct contact person for requests.
The St. Boniface Haiti Foundation has three new internship positions available. They span the below three topics:
1) Research and Project Design
3) Monitoring and Evaluation
Three separate internships are advertised, but St. Boniface would love to take one person on for the entire project. Phase 3 and a portion of Phase 2 can be done in the US. Students would have to be willing to collaborate with Dartmouth College residents.
Please note: they plan to start Phase 1 in late July/early August – so the application for Phase 1 is July 1st. Interested students should submit resume and cover letter expressing their interest in this opportunity to Rachel Bedenbaugh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clinton Health Initiative open position. Learn more here!
Agency name The New England College of Optometry
Agency Department N/A
Title of Position N/A
Address 424 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02115
Agency description/mission statement: The mission of The New England College of Optometry is to serve the optometric needs of the public by educating optometrists to the highest level of proficiency, integrity, and professionalism.
Practicum description: A cost analysis of the use of doctors of Optometry to treat glaucoma in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, doctors of optometry regularly diagnose, treat, and manage a variety of eye diseases and conditions. They are trained and licensed to utilize and prescribe a wide range of topical medications to treat the eye and surrounding areas. Doctors of optometry are allied health professionals that are often among the first health care practitioners to provide preventative care for underserved patient populations. There is a greater availability of optometrists practicing in the state, due to the quantity of practitioners and the range of locales they typically practice in.
Glaucoma is a potentially blinding eye disease that is typically treated with topical eye drops to lower the eye pressure, thereby lowering the risk of progression of the disease. Doctors of optometry in every other state except Massachusetts are permitted to treat glaucoma with topical eye drops. In Massachusetts, doctors of optometry are trained and licensed to diagnose glaucoma and often participate in the management of the disease, but the prescriptive authority for this particular eye disease is explicitly held by medical doctors or nurse practitioners. As a result, patients in areas underserved by ophthalmology may not have access to a qualified professional to treat and appropriately manage this eye disease.
Allowing doctors of optometry to participate in the care of this particular eye disease represents a potential opportunity for increased access to qualified eye care in underserved communities. This analysis will compare the costs of the existing state of prescriptive authority for glaucoma in Massachusetts to the potential costs of implementing effective use of doctors of optometry in the treatment and management of glaucoma.
Scope of work: Gather information regarding the epidemiology and natural history of glaucoma, along with current techniques in diagnosis and treatment. Evaluate the costs associated with limited vision as well as the costs associated with no treatment or delayed treatment. Analyze current treatment costs and compare with potential costs of utilizing alternative providers.
Minimum skills required: Effective English language skills, familiarity with cost analyses preferred but not required.
Estimated start/end date: Potential to start immediately
Estimated days/hours: 10-15 hours per week, 10-12 weeks
Application deadline:July 1st
Number of students requested: One
Is a car necessary? No
To apply and for more information: Contact Field Supervisor Dr. Beth Harper at email@example.com. Please include CV or resume.
Impact: 1.6 million patients have received quality care by local eye doctors, including more than 66,000 sight-restoring surgeries since 2005.
Locations of Year-Round Programs: Ghana, Honduras, India
(volunteer for 7 days, 15 days, 20 days, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, or more)
Who participates? Students and professionals interested in public health, international development, medicine, or social entrepreneurship.
What do Global Impact Fellows say? “The nearly 3 months I spent with Unite For Sight in Ghana were among the most inspirational in my life. The Ghanaian doctors, nurses, and support staff are an incredibly devoted, knowledgeable, and gifted group of healthcare providers and health educators, and the Ghanaian people welcome visitors to their happy, happy homeland with open arms and bright, wide grins. The Unite For Sight model of pre-departure training combined with on-the-ground volunteer work cannot be beat for anyone interested in ethical global public health and healthcare delivery. What’s more, as a veterinarian (DVM, MPH), I am daily surprised to find myself benefiting from lessons I learned while volunteering with UFS: from cross-cultural interactions in my clinic, to improved health education, to sitting back and appreciating when things run on “GMT” (Ghana Mean Time). I cannot recommend this program more highly.” –Bonnie Price, Global Impact Fellow. See more volunteer accounts at http://www.uniteforsight.org/volunteer-abroad/volunteer-accounts
What do Global Impact Fellows do? Global Impact Fellows support and learn from the partner clinics’ talented medical professionals. Through hands-on, structured training, Global Impact Fellows gain a comprehensive understanding about best practices in global health and social entrepreneurship, and they receive a Certificate in Global Health & Program Delivery.
Global Impact Fellows come from very diverse backgrounds, including those interested in public health, medicine, international development, social entrepreneurship, and the social sciences. Global Impact Fellows work with local doctors to eliminate patient barriers to care for patients living in extreme poverty. They assist with patient education, visual acuity screening, patient intake, distributing the glasses and medication prescribed by the local eye doctors, and other important support tasks. They also have the opportunity to observe the surgeries provided by the local doctors. Additionally, Global Impact Fellows may participate in the Global Impact Lab, an optional program for those interested in pursuing global health research. For example, current Global Impact Fellows are pursuing research studies about medication management, the use of visual resources for patient education, traditional medicine practices, and patient barriers to care.
See the complete details and the online application at http://www.uniteforsight.org/volunteer-abroad
Learn about the organization here!
Learn about open positions here: Grassroot Soccer Summer Internship Positions
EngenderHealth works to improve the health and well-being of people in the poorest communities of the world, by sharing our expertise in sexual and reproductive health, and transforming the quality of health care.
Check out available positions here!
VE Global, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing free volunteer and internship abroad opportunities in Santiago, Chile. VE Global is a volunteer program that helps foster the growth of children at social risk in Santiago, Chile by implementing literacy, arts, health, and English programs. Two BUSPH alumni have already participated with this group.
Please see the attached flyer: VE Global – NO FEE Volunteering in Chile
Please see the attached flyer for more information: Internship info- Swasti
Job Title: Health Systems Intern
Job Location: US-NC-Chapel Hill
Description: The Ipas Health Systems unit in Chapel Hill, NC is seeking an Intern to work on developing guidance for Ipas country programs to assist them in holding governments accountable for meeting the health needs of their populations with an emphasis on maternal health. The World Health Organization’s Strengthening Health Systems – Framework for Action will serve as a basis for structuring this guidance. The intern will identify mechanisms used at the global, national and local levels to give the public greater say in how health systems are run, including how health authorities are held accountable for their work. For example, the first report of the independent Expert Review Group (iERG) was made in 2012 to the UN Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health as a means of reporting progress on the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health. The intern will identify elements of accountability and distill best practices into pragmatic guidance for in-country staff to use/adapt, at the national, sub-regional or local levels.
Work with the Ipas Health Systems team to complete the following activities:
Review existing literature on effective strategies for holding governments accountable for meeting the health needs of their populations with an emphasis on maternal and child health. The review should include identification of existing monitoring tools, mechanisms or indicators.
Conduct a limited review of strategies used by Ipas to date that have proved to be effective in achieving the above.
Summarize results, findings and recommendations in the form of draft guidance for internal use by Ipas staff and a draft dissemination plan for sharing the guidance internally with Ipas staff.
A draft guidance document that summarizes effective practices for holding governments accountable for health needs of populations and internal dissemination plan.
Current enrollment in a graduate or professional program and eligible to receive academic credit for the internship
Experience in public health policy or program design
Interest in and demonstrated understanding of public health policy and practice
Strong oral and written communication
Strong analytical skills
Ability to work well independently
Experience in public health policy or programming, with international background desirable.
Spanish language skills are a plus.
Hours/Timeframe: The internship is estimated to require 225 hours, completed over a 6-8 week period between May and July
ICIMS Link http://jobs-ipas.icims.com/jobs/1356/job