Announcing recipients of Global Engagement Grants

January 14, 2022
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In 2021, due to the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility (CGHSR) announced an innovative Global Engagement Grants program to support work that blends research, education, and capacity building. 

Especially in a time where global travel is not possible, supporting collaborations across our local and global community is crucial to continuing global health work to meet community needs, combat newly emerging crises, and address long-standing systemic inequities. 

"Traditional research in global health has been curtailed with COVID-19. This can add to the sense of further isolationism,” said Shailey Prasad, MD, MPH, executive director for CGHSR. “As a center, we feel that ongoing engagement is key in global health and we wanted to encourage our faculty to look at newer forms of engagement in global health. While these are not exclusively in global health research, the goal is to continue to build bridges with our colleagues in other countries."


Each year, this program will offer two calls for funding. Open Call Global Engagement Grants will be standard every year to support work including pilot projects or capacity building activities such as educational programs, curriculum development, or technical training. In addition, Global Engagement Grants in one particular topic area will be selected each year, to encourage proposals in priority areas for the center. 

“This year, we dedicated our Global Engagement Grants to support health equity projects in women's health,” said Rahel Nardos, MD, MCR, director of global women’s health at CGHSR. “In many low resource settings around the world, deep gender inequities, such as the lack of control over reproductive rights or economic disempowerment disproportionately affect the health outcomes for women and girls.”

We were grateful to receive a number of robust proposals this year, and were impressed by the quality and strength of the partnerships and projects proposed. We thank all of the investigators who took the time to submit thoughtful proposals to our new Global Engagement Grant program in 2021, and we acknowledge that there were far more worthy proposals than funds to support them. 

"This is an invaluable opportunity for our team to bring together human rights and environmental justice and create greater awareness about socio-ecological precarity in waste management practices," said Nida Sajid, a Global Engagement Grant recipient.

We hope you’ll consider preparing a proposal for our next funding cycle with the call for proposals to be announced in fall 2022. CGHSR also offers funding through our signature Global Health Seed Grants and Faculty Mentor Awards programs, which will begin accepting applications this spring.

Learn more about our Global Engagement Grant Program

Open Call Global Engagement Grant Recipients

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Nida Sajid

Social and Ecological Impact of Waste Management

PI: Nida Sajid, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, College of Liberal Arts
Co-PI: Rishikesh Narayan, PhD, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Goa
Project Team: Sudhir Krishna, PhD, MBBS, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Goa, Sabiha Hashami, PhD, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Goa, Sarah Binte Ali, PhD, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Goa

Portrait of Beth Virnig
Beth Virnig, PhD, MPH

Maximizing collaborative roles for allopathic, traditional and faith healers for treating women with breast cancer

PI: Beth Virnig, PhD, MPH, UMN School of Public Health
Project Team: Shalini Kulasingam, PhD, UMN School of Public Health; Adwoa Bemah Boamah Mensah, Ph.D., MPhil, FGCNM, FWACON, RN, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology; John Amuasi, MBChB. MS. MPH. PhD., Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

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Dara Koozekanani, MD, PhD

Capacity building - Vitreoretinal surgery in Uganda

PI: Dara Koozekanani, MD, PhD, UMN Medical School
Co-PI: Erik van Kuijk, MD, PhD, UMN Medical School

Global Women’s Health Engagement Grant Recipients

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Cynthia Sherraden Bradley, PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE

Determining Efficacy of a Maternal and Neonatal Simulation and Debriefing Intervention to Improve Clinical  Competence of Diverse Students at the University of Nairobi

PI: Cynthia Sherraden Bradley, PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE, UMN School of Nursing.
Project Team: Miriam C. A. Wagoro, RN, PhD, University of Nairobi; Blasio Omuga, MBCHB, MMED, University of Nairobi; Joyce Jebet, RCHN, BScN, MSc, PhD, University of Nairobi; Lilian Omondi, BScN, MScN, PhD, University of Nairobi

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Rebecca Petersen, MD

Use of simulation for global medical education in obstetrics and cesarean delivery in a resource-limited rural setting: a partnership between University of Global Health Equity School of Medicine, Rwanda and University of Minnesota

PI: Rebecca Petersen, MD, UMN Medical School 
Project Team: Rahel Ghebre, MD, MPH, UMN Medical School; Abebe Bekele, MD, University of Global Health Equity, Rwanda