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Current Projects

IOM – Data Responsibility

Yale School of Public Health has been contracted by the UN - Organization of Migration (IOM) to a) Establish and publicize a series of white papers on Data Responsibility in humanitarian settings, b) Foster research to address identified needs in this field and c) Enable new curricular options for students at YSPH and beyond through online, short course, and massive open online course options.

Team members:

  • Kaveh Khoshnood
  • Nathaniel Raymond
  • Olivia Mooney

Conflict Observatory

The Yale Humanitarian Research Lab (HRL) will document alleged gross violations of international law including war crimes by Russia-aligned forces in Ukraine as part of a new Conflict Observatory program. Yale HRL will use commercial satellite imagery combined with open source information partnership with Esri, the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative, Planetscape Ai, and other partners.

Online Perceptions of Refugees: A Computational Approach

Agency: The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, Program on Refugees, Forced Displacement and Humanitarian Responses

P.I.: Kaveh Khoshnood

Project Period: June 2021- May 2022

Workshop on “HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment among Refugees and Forcibly Displaced Populations”

Agency: The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, The Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund Award

Co-P.I.s: Kaveh Khoshnood and Luke Davis

Project Period: July 2020- June 2022

Strengthening Graduate Public Health Education in Sudan

Yale Institute of Global Health Hecht Global Health Faculty Network Award (May 2020-22)
Co-P.I.s. Drs. Saria Hassan, Mayur Desai, Ibrahim Bani

By the end of this award period, we will have:

  1. engaged partners in Sudan and regionally to co-create a curriculum in Applied Public Health that can be integrated across institutions
  2. implemented and evaluated a novel integrated Applied Public Health curriculum in Sudan.

Past Projects


Yale School of Public Health was contracted by the Joint Intersectoral Analysis Framework (JIAF) Steering Committee within the UN system (International Organization of Migration (IOM) to conduct an independent review of JIAF. JIAF is a methodologically new approach to analyzing the multiple needs of populations in crisis. It was introduced by the international humanitarian community into the Humanitarian Programme Cycle in 2020. The review is intended to ascertain whether the JIAF is conceptually sound, whether it currently meets intended objectives for needs analysis, and how the framework and methodology can be improved moving forward.

Time Period: May – Sep 2021

Team members:

  • Catherine Panter-Brick
  • Dani Poole
  • Devin Osborne
  • Chloe Jensen
  • Rachel Farell
  • Jenna Davis

Rapid Assessment and Response to Substance Use and Risk of HIV and other Blood-Borne Infections among Lebanese and Displaced Populations in Beirut, Lebanon

Agency: Yale Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS, Pilot Project Grant

P.I.: Kaveh Khoshnood

Project Period: May 2019 – May 2020

Partner institutions:

  • SIDC (Lebanon)
  • SKOUN (Lebanon)

Team members:

  • Robert Heimer
  • Fouad Fouad
  • Danielle Khoury
  • Francesca Maviglia
  • Janine Kara

Addressing Disparities in HIV Testing and Care among Displaced MSM

P.I.: Robert Heimer

Role: Investigator

Project Period: 6/22/2017 – 03/31/2019