Past Fellows

2013 Downs Fellows

For more than a century and a half, Yale faculty and students have been in the forefront of health education and health promotion in foreign countries. Since 1966, the CIH has provided opportunities for almost 400 students to live, learn, work and do research in overseas settings. Many projects undertaken by Downs Fellows have led to prizes for outstanding theses, oral presentations and posters at national and international learned society meetings, and research articles published in peer-reviewed journals.

Fellows have contributed to an increased understanding of epidemiological, genetic, molecular biological, clinical and sociologic patterns in health and medicine. While some Past Fellows have established careers in global health, surveys show that almost all Fellows were influenced profoundly by their experiences abroad regardless of their career choice. Hard copies of recently successful applications may also be read at The Public Health School’s Office of Student Affairs, Career Services Library, Room 114, 47 College Street.

Slideshows - Downs Fellows

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

A weekday street market outside the city of Okay bustles with vendors and customers. Agricultural products, clothes and other goods are an important component of Haiti’s economy.

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti

The current condition of the National Palace illustrates the lingering devastation of the January 2010 earthquake.

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti

The most common mode of public transportation in Port-au-Prince is a small truck with a covered bed called a tap-tap.

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Jasmine and one of her interviewers, Mikelyn, have fun speaking to each other in Spanish. Although Jasmine’s Creole improved throughout the internship, she would occasionally have to translate through their common language of Spanish.

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Teenage participants happily wait for their interviews at the GHESKIO research center.

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti

In the waiting time before and after interviews, participants were given paper and art supplies to use.

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Interviewers Frena and Ralph pose with Jasmine to mark their second long Saturday of data collection.

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Two of Jasmine’s male interviewers, Giovanni (right) and Ralph, are in high spirits even after a long workday.

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Cassidy Rush, a friend working for the Haitian microfinance institution Fonkoze, had just bought a motorcycle, a quick and practical way to navigate the city.

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Women performed a choreographed dance to music at the 2012 Carnaval de Fleurs. Photo by Tate Watkins.

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti

One day before she leaves Haiti, Ralph and Jasmine display part of their stack of 200 completed interviews.

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Four women head to market outside Jasmine’s apartment on the morning she left Port-au-Prince.

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Kumasi, Ghana

The medical charts office at Suntreso Government Hospital’s HIV ward is short on space, but the charts stay well organized.

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Kumasi, Ghana

During downtime, Adam volunteers at an HIV clinic; his tasks include helping patients find identification cards and counting drugs.

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Kumasi, Ghana

Children in the city are happy to help with data entry.

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Kumasi, Ghana

Adam presents his findings to clinical data managers from the Ashanti region.

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Kumasi, Ghana

A large portion of Adam’s internship is spent reviewing medical charts (as many as 50 a day) of HIV-positive women.

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Kumasi, Ghana

Prior to his internship starting, Adam volunteered for one month with a nonprofit organization called Unite For Sight in Ghana. He spent this time screening patients’ visual acuity, interviewing patients to assess poverty levels and shadowing cataract surgeries.

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Kumasi, Ghana

With his internship preceptor, Dr. Thomas Agyarko-Poku, a physician who specializes in HIV, serves at the regional coordinator for the National AIDS Control Programme and is a lecturer at a university in Kumasi.

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Kumasi, Ghana

Not all data comes from medical charts. To obtain some figures, Adam travels to the regional office of the Ghana Health Service.

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Kumasi, Ghana

Funerals are a very important facet of Ghanaian life; they last several days and everyone from the community attends. Here, women carry gifts to present to the family of the deceased.

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Kumasi, Ghana

Cape Coast is a beautiful town with a devastating past; the town was one of the major shipping points for the slave trade.

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Kumasi, Ghana

During an outing with other volunteers, Adam gathers the courage to touch a crocodile! Its skin is much softer than expected.

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Kumasi, Ghana

A sign reads “Goodbye, Stay Healthy” as one exits the Komfo-Anyoke Teaching Hospital, the largest hospital in Kumasi.

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Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Gerusa, a Brazilian research assistant, displays the typical fashion in which many household interviews are administered, on the front steps of the home.

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Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Krysta takes the waist circumference of a participant to assess abdominal obesity in the Pau da Lima community.

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Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

A participant laughs as we spend time after the interview talking about her family and adorable grandson.

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Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

A wide range of infrastructure can be seen in the community from more formal brick structures in the background to informal scrap wood and metal houses in the foreground.

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Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

At the bottom of the valley, open sewage intertwines between households creating not only an obstacle for daily living but also an extreme health hazard for residents.

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Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Many homes are open to the elements, their walls built with spare wood scraps.

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Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Gerusa uses the wall for support as she climbs through trash and sewage to find the next household to interview.

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Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Salvador Food Insecurity Dream Team, from left to right, Igor Paploski, Krysta Peterson and YSPH Professor Rafael Pérez-Escamilla giving the traditional Brazilian thumbs up!

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Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Krysta takes a break from interviewing to enjoy a homemade geladinho graciously gifted from a participant.

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Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Make a wish, or three. The church of Senor do Bonfim in Salvador is a frequent stop for locals and visitors who make three wishes, one for each knot used to secure these ribbons to the church front gates.

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Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Krysta enjoys the picturesque view of Copacabana beach from atop Sugarloaf Mountain during a visit to Rio de Janeiro.

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Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Brazilian pride is everywhere you look, painted on walls and hanging from windows throughout the community.

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