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Chrissy Crute, a @dukeenvironment PhD student, traveled to China this summer to study the health effects of maternal electronic-waste exposure on child development. In this photo, she's with a few of her teammates: (L to R) Liping Feng (Duke faculty), Chrissy, Yan Sun (master's student), John Ji (@dukekunshan faculty). She recently shared a few of the lessons she learned this summer as a novice field researcher. Read her blog post at the link in our profile!⁠
#environmentalhealth #bluedevilsinthefield #dukeiseverywhere
Global health master's student Jacob Stocks (standing) is working with @dukeglobalrh in Kenya this summer leading a pilot usability study of mSaada, a digital platform to help facilitate #cervicalcancer prevention. Here, he fields questions from study participants as they review study documents and mSaada mobile app content. (📷 by Hannah Stocks)⁠
#BlueDevilsInTheField #DukeIsEverywhere #ReproductiveHealth
We hope your 4th is filled with fun, relaxation and fireworks! ⁠
#independenceday #fourthofjuly
Check out recent #DukeMScGH grad & #globalhealth/emergency medicine fellow Julian Hertz giving his research elevator pitch to @nihgov director Francis Collins yesterday at the Fogarty/Global Health Fellows meeting at NIH! Julian did his field research at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre in Moshi, Tanzania.⁠
DGHI professor and dermatologist Neil Prose is not your typical doctor. He has a passion for empathetic communication inspired by a simple statement a mentor made years ago: “Curiosity transforms strangers into people we can empathize with.” Click on the link in our bio to learn more about Neil's approach with patients and students--as well as his experience with a form of yoga that will make you 🤣.⁠
#laughteristhebestmedicine #healthhumanities #empathyiseverything
Reposted from @duke_sanford_goes_global:

NBD, just a global health undergrad (Niisoja Torto, right) taking a walk in Geneva with the head of the World Health Organization …

The Geneva edition of the “Walk the Talk: The Health for All Challenge” celebrates the importance of health and recognizes the vital role that the city of Geneva plays as a hub for global health. 
#globalhealth #dukeiseverywhere
Original caption: Walk the Talk! Global Health Fellow (and @dukeghi student) Niisoja Torto participated in a @whocampaign alongside WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghenreyeus!! #StarstruckByAssociation#WalktheTalk #WHO #sanfordgoesglobal
From #DGHI & @duke_sanford professor Subhrendu Pattanayak on Twitter recently, live from Nepal:
Sandra Oketch, the research director at the Kisumu Office of the Center for Global Reproductive Health (left), works with global health students Suzanna Larkin and Emma Melhop to finalize interview guides in preparation for a study to learn more about #HPV-related stigma in Kenya. 
#BlueDevilsInTheField #DukeIsEverywhere @dukeglobalrh
It's not a phase of the moon ... it's a mosquito ovary, brought to you by #DukeMScGH student Christopher Hayes, who is spending most of his summer doing #malaria research in Thailand and Myanmar! 
He performed the dissection on and took this photo of an Anopheles dirus mosquito at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand. He writes,
A few pics from a recent workshop where community leaders from Durham and @dukeuniversity faculty and staff came together to discuss new ways to share information, learn from each other and collaborate around addressing local health equity issues. Participants included (among many others) County Commissioner Heidi Carter, NCCU professor and DGHI doctoral scholar alum Chris Paul, DGHI director Chris Plowe, @dukechpir director Kate Whetten, DGHI professor Sumi Ariely, and Sabrena Mervin-Blake, director of Clinical Research Education Training and Operations at the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute. They're continuing their collaboration by offering assistance with more workshops requested by the community and tackling important health equity issues together!

Photos: (1) Tammy Jacobs, Durham Public Housing; Wanda Boone, CEO, Durham Together for Resilient Youth; Lorraine Childs, NAMI Advocate; (2) Kate Whetten; Genevieve Hunter, CHPIR; Sumi Ariely; Sabrena Mervin-Blake; (3) Chris Plowe; Tameka Brown, Executive Director, HEARTS Teen Parenting Program; Angel Romero Ruiz, Latino Roundtable; (4) Kate Whetten

#LocalIsGlobal @durhamnc @cjpaul
Our Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellows (DDICRF) take a break from their final DDICRF conference for a group photo with their mentors. From left: fellow Sruti Pisharody (a Duke medical student), Professor Jerry Bloomfield, fellow Aarti Thakkar (also a Duke medical student), Professor Peter Kussin, fellow Helen Wu Li (an Indiana University med student) and Professor Dennis Clements. Best wishes to these incredible clinician/scholars as they continue to prepare for their medical careers!

#dorisdukefoundation #dukewomen
#DGHI master's student Yadurshini Raveendran (center) poses with Fulbright student Luke Maillie and DGHI master's alum Christina Chao ’15. The three of them met while working on cancer control strategies at Bugando Medical Centre (BMC) in Mwanza Tanzania this summer alongside DGHI professor Kristin Schroeder. Yadu is currently working on two field research projects: (1) exploring the barriers to good nutrition and promoting education and interventions for pediatric oncology patients at BMC, and (2) building and implementing an mHealth app to reduce treatment abandonment for pediatric oncology patients at BMC.

Christina is working on a breast cancer implementation science project at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Luke worked on cervical cancer control strategies at BMC.

Dr. Schroeder’s many projects are focused on collaborative cancer control efforts for pediatric cancers in the Tanzanian Lake region. After witnessing extremely low chemotherapy adherence and increasingly late presentations to the hospital, Dr. Schroeder founded the NGO I-CCare to supplement patient costs so that kids can receive comprehensive treatments. Since then, she's expanded her research to include pediatric nutrition and health awareness.

#BlueDevilsInTheField #DukeIsEverywhere #DukeWomen
July 19, 2019

The WHO declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo a global health emergency. Will this increase international attention, funding and assistance?

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July 18, 2019

Join us in congratulating DGHI professor Bill Pan on his new appointment as the inaugural Elizabeth Brooks Reid and Whitelaw Reid Associate Professor of Population Studies at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke! Pan works in countries throughout Latin America and Africa on health issues influenced by human interactions with the environment.

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July 17, 2019

DGHI's new deputy director Shenglan Tang is ready to help take DGHI to the next phase of development and make a greater impact in low- and middle-income countries. Read about his background and vision here!

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July 16, 2019

ON THE BLOG: Chrissy Crute, a PhD student at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke, traveled to China this summer to study the health effects of maternal electronic-waste exposure on child development. As a novice field researcher, she found she had a few lessons to learn. She shares them here ...

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July 15, 2019

ON THE BLOG: "Understanding the preferences, habits, and needs of a community underpins the successful adoption of any new technology. After all, the best technology in the world is useless if no one wants to use it." Read professor Brian Hawkins' account of the latest on the Reclaimer, a prototype wastewater treatment system designed for use in low-resource communities. It's a collaboration between the Duke Center for WaSH-AID at Duke Engineering and MSR - Mountain Safety Research.

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July 12, 2019

Love stories about people in the medical field doing cool stuff? You'll definitely want to check out Magnify, a new online magazine with media-rich stories about the fascinating people & work of the Duke University School of Medicine! The premier feature highlights med students' very first hands-on encounter with the human brain (+ more stories!). Read/subscribe here!

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Eradicating Human Diseases: Opportunities and Risks
Breaking Down Barriers through the Arts
Reaping Big Benefits from Leadership
Tackling HIV Disclosure in Tanzanian Teens
A Novel Approach to Teen HIV Treatment
Deng Madut MS'18 Discusses His Field Research in Tanzania
Loren Barcenas MS'19 Discusses Her Field Research in Tanzania
Sahar Almarzooqi MS'19 Discusses Her Field Research in Tanzania
Happy New Year from DGHI!