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Dr. Nadia Hoekstra, MD, Aspiration Risk in Children with Pneumonia in Low- and Middle-Income Countries, Monday, April 22, 2024, Roper Hall 4302

April 8, 2024

Dr. Nadia Hoekstra is a pediatric pulmonary fellow. Nadia grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina but spent much of her childhood in Trinidad and Tobago where her mother’s family lives. Nadia attended Boston College where she graduated with a Master of Arts in Sociology and a minor in Hispanic Studies. Following her undergraduate studies Nadia … Read more

Dr. Heather Frank, MD, Explorations of Reproductive Health and Palliative Care in Bolivia – Monday, March 25, 2024, Roper Hall 4302

March 14, 2024

Dr. Heather Frank is a PGY-4 resident in the combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics program. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Cellular Neuroscience from Colgate University and spent two years as a Post-Baccalaureate Intramural Research Fellow at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Frank went on to earn her MD from Duke University School of … Read more

February Global Health Forum Highlights Graduates of Scholarly Concentration Program, Monday, Feb 26, 12-1 pm, Roper 4302 and on Zoom

February 22, 2024

The February 2024 OGHE Global Health Forum will be highlighting all the 2024 graduating MD students enrolled in the Scholarly Concentration Program in Global Health. Come hear from the presenters what global health topics they explored during their medical school education on Monday, February 26 from 12-1 pm in Roper Hall (Room 4302) and online … Read more

Dr. Jessica Lin, MD, MCSR Studying Malaria Transmission & Elimination in Sub-Saharan Africa – Monday, January 22, 2024, Roper Hall 4302

January 16, 2024

Dr. Jessica Lin is an NIH-funded physician-scientist and principal investigator in the Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Ecology Lab (IDEEL) at UNC. Her research lies at the interface of clinical and molecular studies on malaria. Earlier in her career, she studied multi-drug resistant malaria and relapses due to vivax malaria in Southeast Asia. Her current projects … Read more

Dr. Lusajo Kajula “Using Implementation Science Research to Link Stakeholders and Vulnerable AGYW in Tanzania with HIV Prevention and Livelihood Training” November 27, 2023, Bondurant 2025, 12-1 PM

November 20, 2023

This fall, Lusajo Kajula, PhD, Tanzanian international scholar in health behavior and psychology for adolescents and families, has joined the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health as the school’s first Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence. In her role, Kajula will use her experiences in global health to educate students on an “ecological model,” which helps public health … Read more

Amy Mackay, MD, – “Establishing a Newborn Resuscitation Registry in the Democratic Republic of the Congo” October 23, 2023, Bondurant 2020, 12-1 PM

October 2, 2023

Dr. Amy Mackay, a fellow in neonatology at UNC, is interested in newborn resuscitation practices in low- and middle-income countries. She graduated from University of Alabama School of Medicine in 2017 and completed pediatric residency and chief resident year at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters (Eastern Virginia Medical School) in Norfolk, Virginia. Additionally, Mackay … Read more

Christina Cruz, MD, EdM – “Task-Shifting Child Mental Health Care to Teachers Globally” September 25, 2023, Bondurant 2020, 12-1 PM

September 20, 2023

Christina M. Cruz, MD, EdM is a child global mental health and school mental health researcher, a practicing inpatient child and adolescent psychiatrist, and a mental health systems consultant. Her research program centers on increasing access to child mental health care through alternative systems. Currently, she is focused on task-shifting indicated mental health care to … Read more

John Barber, MD, “A Quality Improvement Project on Reducing Stockouts in a Rural Ugandan Community Health Worker Program” May 22, 2023, Bondurant 2020, 12-1 PM

May 15, 2023

John Barber, MD is a 4th-year resident in Internal Medicine & Pediatrics. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2019. Prior to medical school, John spent five years working on diagnostics for resource-limited settings, initially focusing on HIV diagnostics in East and Southern Africa, then Ebola rapid diagnostic tests in Sierra Leone … Read more

Seth Morrison, MD, “Histo-Blood Group Antigens, Environmental Enteric Dysfunction, and Linear Growth in a Nicaraguan Birth Cohort” April 24, 2023, Bondurant 2020, 12-1 PM

April 18, 2023

Seth Morrison, MD is a Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition clinical fellow in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and North Carolina Children’s Hospital. He is completing Master of Public Health coursework at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. He is interested in enteropathies (small bowel … Read more

Alessandra Angelino, MD, “A Mixed-Methods Study of the Relationship between Cultural Identity and Mental Health Outcomes for American Indian and Alaska Native Adolescents” Mar. 27, 2023, Bondurant 2020, 12-1 PM

March 15, 2023

  Alessandra Angelino (she/her) is a 3rd-year pediatrics resident at UNC Children’s Hospital who earned her medical degree at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and her MPH in Global Health at the University of Washington. She is passionate about Two-Spirit and LGBTQ health and advocacy and has authored multiple publications and the “Celebrating Our … Read more

April Evans, MD, “A Longitudinal Cohort Study of Pediatric and Adolescent Patients with Lymphoma in Malawi” Feb. 27, 2023, Bondurant 2020, 12-1 PM

February 19, 2023

  Dr. Evans is a UJMT Fogarty Global Health Fellowship Alumni and a third-year Pediatric Hematology-Oncology fellow at the University of North Carolina. Her UJMT Fogarty project resulted in the implementation of cutting-edge Patient Reported Outcome (PRO) measures in Malawi; ultimately harnessing the voice of vulnerable, and often silenced, patients across the globe. Dr. Evans has … Read more