TIPH Global projects promote awareness of public health issues, education, and career opportunities worldwide, with a specific emphasis on local communities. The second cohort of TIPH Global awards grants to 12 academic public health institutions from 10 countries. The proposed projects are diverse, timely, and will use a range of innovative and engaging techniques to educate, train, and empower their communities. We look forward to the year ahead and following their progress.
Andalusian School of Public Health (EASP), University of Granada (UGR)
Bridging a gap for action on antimicrobial resistance: Raising awareness and educating on antimicrobial resistance in a local health care setting
Student Ambassador: José Antonio Marín Rodríguez
Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública, Escuela de Salud Pública de México, Dirección de Investigación en Enfermedades Cardiovasculares Diabetes Mellitus y Cáncer
Shortening diagnosis and treatment intervals for breast cancer patients: Strategy, put yourself in my shoes.
Student Ambassador: Marisol Cabrera López
Women in low-resource settings continue to face significant obstacles to receiving timely, effective, and high-quality breast cancer care. Patient navigation is a strategy that has been widely used to shorten care times successfully in the United States since 1990. The aim of this study is to map the steps from when a woman arrives at the Siglo XXI Oncology Hospital with a possible breast cancer diagnosis until she receives the histopathological diagnosis and starts treatment according to the clinical stage and to propose and implement a patient navigation strategy to facilitate patient flow within optimally defined timelines.
Medical University of Gdansk, Poland – Faculty of Health Sciences – Department of Public Health and Social Medicine
Everyday life in the face of war – as a current public health hazard
Student Ambassador: Paulina Dera
Our main goal is to raise the awareness about widely understood migration problem in the context of public health and enhance the visibility and understanding of this issue in Poland and other countries. The expected outcomes will be as follows: (1) Increased awareness about migration problems and hardships of everyday life of immigrants among society. (2) Better understanding of immigrants and their points of view. (3) Expanding cooperation in its Polish, European and global dimension, in the area of raising still-important public health migration issue, also spreading the message about it and sharing stories and good practices.
Makerere University School of Public Health
Raising awareness and building resilience to floods and landslides in the Elgon region in Uganda
Student Ambassador: Filimin Niyongabo
The project seeks to raise awareness among student communities on the public health issues related to climate change and how to respond during flash floods and landslides in Mbale district. We will conduct a stakeholder engagement workshop and health education events targeting learners and students in five primary and five secondary schools in Mbale city. We will also engage students in innovation competitions, tree planting in schools and communities, social media campaigns, and the development and distribution of Information, Education, and Communication materials. Among university students, we will hold training workshops on climate change. All activities will be appropriately evaluated.
Monash University, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine
Public health careers
Student Ambassador: Shivangi Shah
Many public health students experience career uncertainty. This seems to be driven, in part, by a lack of awareness about the career options available to them. The public health careers project aims to address this through the development of a set of evidence-based public health career personas – designed to represent the most common career pathways. These will be brought to life by a public health careers podcast, where we take a deep dive into public health careers through a series of interviews with public health professionals.
SD Gupta School of Public Health, IIHMR University
Student Ambassador: Dr. Yeshwanth Sonnathi
The ongoing pandemic has demonstrated that there is a dire need to strengthen capacity, competencies, and knowledge in some of the areas of public health such as politics of public health, community engagement in building trust, Science and arts of implementing public health program and promoting implementation research. IIHMR are proposing to produce Podcast by the name of EN-SURE HEALTH to discuss thought provoking health topics, innovative and inspiring research that contributes toward achieving universal health coverage from LMIC. The goal is to bring the latest evidence, research and experience in public health through experts’ call. Evidence and experts can help general people and public health Professionals and students understand the latest research, podcast will be available on the IIHMR website.
The University of Western Australia (UWA), School of Population and Global Health (SPGH)
Increasing awareness of public health issues in low- and middle-income countries
Student Ambassador: Neave Isabella Garland
This project will complement existing public health fieldtrips to Nepal and Fiji at UWA’s SPGH. The TIPH components of the fieldtrips will involve students working with our local collaborators to identify public health issues, consider their determinants and develop potential intervention strategies. Specifically, students will undertake a comprehensive literature search, observational audits and interviews to identify public health issues in villages in Nepal and Fiji, beyond those already addressed by our collaborators. They will then create TIPH videos and photo-essays to describe these health issues and their determinants and develop health promotion intervention materials to address these health issues.
University of Belgrade, Faculty of Medicine, Center – School of Public Health and Health Management
Public Health Cinema – PHC
Student Ambassador: Aleksandar Stevanović
The Belgrade School of Public Health and Health Management leads the Public Health Cinema project (PHC). The project organizes open-air movie screenings followed by expert panel discussions to address youth health concerns. These events also serve as an avenue for sharing health promotion materials and connecting young people with public health institutions and their resources. Our goal is to provide high-quality health information on common youth health topics using a less formal approach that engages with the community. Thoughtfully selected movies focus on mental health, sexual and reproductive health, and healthy lifestyles.
University College Dublin, School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science
Towards harmonising education in Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology in master-level public health programmes in Ireland: Value of an ECDC Self-Assessment Tool
Student Ambassador: Karl F. Conyard
This project addresses education in applied infectious disease epidemiology (AIDE) in masters-level public health programmes in Ireland. The aim of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in updating core competencies in AIDE (2022) was to harmonise expertise across centres to create more effective preventive and control measures for future outbreaks, epidemics and pandemics of infectious diseases. A self-assessment tool developed by ECDC based on the updated competency framework will be utilised to establish current competencies of master-level public health graduates, establish what could be improved upon and how programmes might share specific expertise for the benefit of all.
University of Kabianga, School of Health Sciences, Department of Public Health
Promoting the uptake of public health course through integration with implementation of the school health program towards disease prevention in Secondary schools in Kenya
Student Ambassador: Indiana Mibei
School health projects are implemented in Kenya under the strict adherence to the school health policy as schools provide an organized structure that is conducive for the provision of health &nutrition services. Gaps on implementation of the school health program will be identified and design any strategies to improve its implementation as we raise awareness on public health course through the teachers,parents and learners. We will establish sustainability measures and further advocacy of public health education through the basic education institutions. Increased recruitment to the public health course should be realized at undergraduate and master’s level as the end goal.
University of Wollongong, School of Health and Society
Say No to E-cigarettes-Vape free Campus
Student Ambassador: Emma Lavilles
In 2016, the University of Wollongong, Australia, ran a successful intervention – ‘Smoke Free Campus’, that saw a reduction in smoking on campus. As e-cigarette use is now increasing in Australia it is more relevant to focusing on reducing the incidence of vaping on campus. The primary activities of this program focus on the use of social media messaging, peer advocacy and policy enforcement to deter people from using e-cigarettes on campus. We will measure the reach and effectiveness of program elements via interviews, surveys, network analysis and social media metrics. This program has potential to be adapted by other universities.
Vanderbilt University/Institute for Global Health/Institute for Medicine and Public Health/Master of Public Health
Building Local Capacity in Rural Guatemala and Kenya to Engage Communities, Identify Barriers, and Increase Awareness of Public Health Issues
Student Ambassador: Tevin Mathew
This project aims to build local capacity in and expand awareness of public health in rural Guatemala and Kenya. We will train local community members to conduct focus groups to strengthen public health education regarding malnutrition and cervical cancer. We will collaborate with two Vanderbilt NGO partners (Primeros Pasos and Lwala Community Alliance) to explore a new strategy of engaging men in public health interventions. Barriers surrounding male involvement in these settings are under-researched. We’ll investigate how gender dynamics and socioeconomic factors influence men’s public health decisions, which may affect dietary practices and cervical cancer screening uptake in these countries.