The Yale Global Health Leadership Institute (GHLI) announced this year’s recipients of the Hecht-Albert Pilot Innovation Award for Junior Faculty.
Recipients and their research focuses are:
Nicola Hawley, Ph.D., assistant professor of epidemiology (chronic diseases), evaluating the reach and impact of a health communications intervention to increase uptake of gestational diabetes screening among pregnant women in American Samoa;
Amber Hromi-Fiedler, M.P.H., Ph.D., associate research scientist in epidemiology (chronic diseases), examining the development of a culturally-appropriate early childhood responsive parenting/feeding guide for Ghanaian caregivers of children under 36 months in the central region of Ghana;
Christine Ngaruiya, M.D., M.Sc., assistant Professor in the Section of Global Health and International Emergency Medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine, assessing of the burden of non-communicable diseases and lifestyle risk factors among patients at the Kenyan Casualty Department;
Kevin Pei, M.D., assistant professor of surgery *trauma), updating and assessing operative trauma and resuscitation course with extension for ultrasound clinical immersion for surgical residents at Mulago Hospital in Uganda;
Sheela Shenoi, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of medicine (AIDS), characterizing factors that influence decision-making for HIV prevention services among young men and women who frequent alcohol venues in rural South Africa.
The Hecht-Albert Health Pilot Innovation Award is granted to junior faculty who engage students to advance new research and educational projects in global health at Yale.
"We are so pleased that our modest contribution to Yale is supporting outstanding junior faculty to pursue innovative global health research that will advance their careers and enhance Yale's reputation,” said Robert Hecht, Ph.D., lecturer at YSPH and president of Pharos Global Health Advisors.
GHLI develops leadership through education and research programs that strengthen health systems and promote health equity and quality of care with a goal to create and sustain synergies in global health research, education, and practice from departments throughout Yale. “This year’s recipients highlight the diverse range of research that benefits from this award, and how important seed funding can enable faculty to take their research to the next level and improve health outcomes,” said Mike Skonieczny, executive director, GHLI.