Applied Global Public Health Initiative
Collaborating to develop innovative, systems-based competencies to apply needs-driven, equitable solutions for sustainable global public health development.
The Applied Global Public Health Initiative (AGPHI) is a student run, service-based initiative working to create better health circumstances in New York City and beyond through collaborating with outside organizations to find innovative solutions to public health problems. Comprised of undergraduate and graduate students, this lab is overseen by Dr. Chris Dickey and focuses on project-based global public health research in partnership with industry sponsors and frequently hosts renowned guest speakers to discuss creative solutions to public health issues around the world. In working with small, up-and-coming NGOs to ministries of health to larger UN agencies, the lab seeks to develop and nurture applicable, thoughtful and practical skills for our future careers. In doing so, we work to expand our understanding of what it means to be public health practitioners. Overarching research initiatives focus on global public health challenges that require an applied approach to problem solving. During our weekly meetings, we function like a “think tank” as we work together to troubleshoot roadblocks, exchange ideas, and discuss opportunities for growth on our various projects.
- Inter-Agency Collaboration (WFP and UNICEF): The aims of this project include researching incentives to increase collaboration between WFP and UNICEF to better manage severe and acute malnutrition. This project’s team will design a monitoring and evaluation tool that will allow WFP and UNICEF to measure progress in communication between the two organizations.
- Institutional Mapping (UNICEF): This project seeks to build a network of academic institutions offering Health Communication Courses in South Asian countries by evaluating the current capacity of public and private universities via available data online and through web-based questionnaires.
- Resource-Stacking (The Lunchbox Fund): For this project, the team conducts research on partnerships with other organizations to provide children with meals as well as other important services such as water, deworming, education, or health services and more. We are also assessing the sustainability of nutrition programs for those at the early learning level.
- Needs Assessment for Women’s Education Center (Grace Leadership Foundation, Inc.): This project, focused in Mali, is working with Grace Leadership Foundation, Inc. to build a center in the village of Samaya. The center will be used as a clinic and educational facility to train members of the village, specifically women, about medical practices. The team is working on a needs assessment to find out what services would be most beneficial within the center.
- Services for Survivors of Mycetoma in Sudan: This project seeks to find solutions to making healthcare easier to access for those who had mycetoma, a neglected tropical disease (NTD).
Dr. Chris Dickey, Faculty Facilitator
Emily Holzman, Lab Coordinator
Greg Poorman, Lab Coordinator
Gina Gonzales, Project Manager
Ashley Newcomb, Communications Director
Becca Newbold, Lab Secretary