Edward (Jamie) Mills
Jamie assists Principal Investigators (PI) at DGHI to apply for and manage grants and contracts. Pre-award activities include: Assisting departmental faculty/PI to develop, prepare, and submit grant and contract proposals; Ensuring that applications meet agency and Duke University guidelines, timelines, and deadlines; and Ensuring that proposals are completed and routed in a timely fashion for review. Post-award activities include: Detailed reconciliation of assigned project budgets; Preparing complex budget reports; and Preparing adjustments and corrections in assigned project budgets for further review and approval in order to meet project goals and federal requirements.
Jamie's previous professional experience is in the field of U.S. domestic refugee resettlement. After serving as a Case Worker for Interfaith Refugee Ministry in New Bern, NC, he became the Office Director for the Wilmington (NC) sub-office of Interfaith Refugee Ministry in January 2010. From January 2010 to October 2012, Jamie developed the new refugee resettlement program in Wilmington, assisting over 150 refugees (individuals and families from Burma, Colombia, Cuba, and Iraq) to begin new lives of hope and promise in their new country, building capacity for the program to be supported by the local community, and growing the agency through the application for and management of grants, staff, and interns. From October 2012 to April 2014, Jamie served as Policy Consultant for the North Carolina Refugee Assistance Program, through the NC Department of Health and Human Services in Raleigh, where he helped to manage grants supporting local refugee service providers as well as state databases that collected information about services provided to refugees. Jamie received his BA in History from Clemson University, and an MA in History from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
To start a conversation with me, ask me: About my family, college football, or music.
Something interesting most people don't know about me: I was a wrestler in high school, and qualified for the Tennessee State Wrestling Tournament during my Sophomore, Junior, and Senior seasons.
Favorite activity/ hobby outside of work: I enjoy exercising, playing to and listening to music (I love collecting vinyl records), cooking food, and brewing beer at home.
Favorite country I've traveled to and why: I studied and lived in Spain during my undergraduate years. I loved my time in Spain, enjoying its food, beaches, architectural/artistic masterpieces, and people.
Favorite food: Asian cuisine - Sushi, Thai, Indian, and Stir-fry!
I'm interested in global health: I am interested in using my skills and talents to bring about positive change in the world in the form of global health outcomes. I am interested in seeing how global health can impact socioeconomic factors and vice-versa. I am passionate about improving global health, happiness, and well-being. Health care is more than putting a band-aid on cuts: it involves improving political, economic, and social situations so that people have more fruitful and fulfilling lives.