Internships in Humanitarian Settings
Hanna Peterson, MSF
Joseph Williams, GAVI/COVAX & Downs Fellowship
Joseph Williams is a second year MPH student in the Chronic Disease Epidemiology department at Yale School of Public Health (YSPH). He was selected as a Leadership in Global Health Fellow and completed his summer internship with GAVI/COVAX. The Leadership in Global Health Fellowship prepares future global health professionals via a comprehensive, multi-faceted program that includes participation in a leadership seminar, ethics training, and placement in a high-impact internships. As an Immunization Financing and Sustainability COVAX Fellow, Joesph was part of Gavi's COVID-19 response efforts. He worked to engage vaccine manufacturers globally for the procurement of suitable vaccines for Gavi supported countries, and assisted in the strategy and development of Self Financing Participants (SFP) 2.0. SFP 2.0 was an effort to equitably secure vaccines for High- and Middle-Income countries without the means or leverage to procure vaccines independently. This role gave Joe the experience of working with a dynamic team furthering global health initiatives.
Joe was also selected as a Downs Fellow, which has provided opportunities to over 500 students to live, learn, work, and do research in low-and middle-income countries. In leu of Covid-19, the criteria for Downs projects expanded to include US marginalized populations. Joseph was awarded the fellowship to study the impact Covid-19 has had on the mental health of refugee and asylum seeker children in the New Haven area. He has been working with a New Haven-based non-profit, Elena's Light, to employ a community participatory research design that will engage community leaders in best strategies to assess the burden of Covid-19 has had.
Rachel Lobe-Costonis, MSF
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