Applied Global Public Health Initiative

Applied Global Public Health Initiative

Applied Global Public Health Initiative

Collaborating to develop innovative, systems-based competencies to apply needs-driven, equitable solutions for sustainable global public health development.

About the Lab

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.

Ongoing Projects:

  • Universal Health Coverage in Sudan (WHO): The team is working on an investment analysis proposal to WHO Sudan of the programs that have been implemented to achieve UHC.
  • Spot Monitoring Data Analysis (UNICEF): This project is taking spot-monitoring data collected by UNICEF in Rohingya refugee camps in Cox's Bazar, cleaning and analyzing it, producing a Tableau dashboard, and writing a brief with recommendations for priority areas within the camps.
  • Kinding Sindaw: This partnership has produced growing research including most recently the question of how  cultural therapy and oral tradition can be used as an intervention on displaced communities.
  • Early Childhood Development in Myanmar (UNICEF): The team has worked on a comprehensive desk review looking at behaviors, attitudes, and norms that lead to parental behavior in the first 1,000 days of life. 

Our Team

Dr. Chris Dickey, Faculty Facilitator

Jenna Mote, Lab Coordinator

Natsinet Ghebrendrias, Lab Coordinator

Sakshi Ranjan, Project Manager

Farid Bagheri, Project Manager

Get Involved

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