The CGHSR Faculty Mentor Award encourages UMN researchers to involve students in their global health research projects at international sites. Created as a way to give students a guided global health research experience, this mentorship program provides up to $5,000 for faculty to defray costs associated with incorporating a student researcher into their team. In 2019, CGHSR awarded 3 inaugural Faculty Mentor Awards to support student involvement in faculty-led global health research initiatives in Malaysia, China, and Kenya.
CGHSR welcomes Dr. Lindy Fenlason MD MPH, Senior Nutrition and Capacity Building Advisor at USAID to the University of Minnesota. In the first position of its kind, Dr. Fenlason is serving as a liaison between USAID and the University of Minnesota with the goal of strengthening partnerships between USAID and academia, exploring and expanding mutually beneficial connections and promoting the expertise housed in both institutions.
On May 17 to 19th, 50 learners and nearly 150 instructors, facilitators, and volunteers came together in Hudson, Wisconsin for the 6th UMN Humanitarian Crisis Simulation. Participants from a range of academic and professional disciplines were formed into teams representing NGO responders, that set out to assess an unraveling crisis depicted by role players and props scattered through the sprawling wooded site. The crisis involved thousands of refugees, health issues, security concerns, and insufficient resources.