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Douglas Passaro Global Horizons Award

Douglas Passaro Global Horizons Scholarship

The Douglas Passaro Global Horizons Scholarship assists graduate students with travel expenses associated with an international Applied Practice Experience.  Four awards of up to $3000.00 (per award) will be given during the academic year (includes summer).

This award honors the memory of Dr. Douglas James Passaro, Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Attending Physician in Infectious Diseases at the UIC Hospital from 2001 to 2005. The award reflects his devotion to international health, from his work in Africa during his service in the Peace Corps to his continued work in Latin America while at UIC. The fund is intended to provide support to graduate students for health-related, hands-on Applied Practice Experiences to carry on Dr. Passaro's work promoting global health, a passion that was interrupted by his untimely death at age forty-three.

The most competitive applications come from students seeking an experience that substantially broadens their understanding and application of public health in the world. Preference is given to proposals for projects in Latin America and Africa.

Follow the link for the ‌Passaro Global Horizons Scholarship form.

Past projects and Douglas Passaro Scholarship awardees: 


Name: Cindy Berumen
Location: Tena, Napo, Ecuador
Project: Cindy is a first year MPH student in Community Health Sciences who will be working with Runa Foundation in Ecuador. Cindy will be working with local communities to engage in participatory community health work by assisting with a community health needs assessment while learning about the intersection of traditional medicine with Western practices. Cindy will use her knowledge to develop and evaluate culturally appropriate, evidence-based interventions to improve the health of indigenous populations.
Name: Daniel Drzewiecki
Location: Managua, Nicaragua
Project: Daniel is a first year MPH student in Epidemiology with a Global Health Concentration who will be working with Amos Health and Hope in Managua, Nicaragua. Daniel will be working to increase access to clean water by analyzing levels of E Coli in existing water sources and installing water filters to counteract aquatic parasites. He will also be working with Community Health Workers to promote youth health with a focus on access to primary care.
Name: Katharine Ozenberger
Location: Amman, Jordan
Project: Katharine is a first year MS student in Epidemiology who will be working with United Nations Relief and Works Agency in Amman, Jordan. Katharine will be working to identify barriers in access and use of essential medicines in refugee communities. She will specifically be working with primary health care and pharmacy teams to develop a data collection instrument to map out locations of primary care clinics and pharmacies while identifying specific refugee camps that lack these resources.



Name: Kendall Anderson
Location: Kisumu, Kenya
Project: Kendall is a doctoral candidate in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences who will be working with the Safe Water and AIDS Project (SWAP) in Kisumu, Kenya. Kendall will be comparing solar microplasma ozonation devices (SMOD) to chlorination packets as a method for disinfecting drinking water and improving water quality in Western Kenya.
Name: Jessica Chepp
Location: La Paz & Torewa, Bolivia
Project: Jessica is a first year MPH student in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences who will be working to improve local water and health needs in the very remote, indigenous community of Torewa, Bolivia. Jessica will be working with Engineers in Action and Engineers Without Borders on a water treatment system that is portable, easy to use and includes locally sourced materials.
Name: Alyson Klausing
Location: Phalombe, Malawi
Project: Alyson is a first year MPH student in Community Health Sciences with a Global Health Concentration who will be completing her Applied Practice Experience at the Kamuzu College of Nursing, University of Malawi. Alyson will be working on an HIV prevention study called A Community-Based Model for HIV Prevention and Testing in Malawi where a peer group intervention for adolescent women in secondary school will be evaluated.
Name: Mayuko Takamiya
Location: Hyderabad, India
Project: Mayuko is a first year MPH student in Epidemiology and will be studying food insecurity and medication adherence among female sex workers with HIV in Hyderabad, India. This project will include performing a case control study of 70 HIV-positive female sex workers to determine factors associated with poor adherence to antiretroviral therapy.


Name: Peggy Sue Batterton
Location: Kisumu, Kenya
Project: Peggy Sue Batterton is currently finishing her first year at the School of Public Health. She is pursuing an MPH in epidemiology with a concentration in Global Health. She will spend the summer in Kisumu, Kenya to work on an ongoing project through UIC that works in conjunction with a teaching hospital located in Kisumu. She will be focus on emergency medicine capacity building and will conduct research on the HIV testing and care continuum.
Name: Jenny Guadamuz
Location: Jordan
Project: Jenny Guadamuz is a MS student in the division of health policy and administration. This summer she will conduct field research focusing on the utilization of cardiovascular medications in Palestine refugee camps in Jordan. The objective of the project is to examine the prescribing patterns of antihypertensive medications at the prescriber and patient-level throughout various United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) refugee populations in Jordan. This project will inform the provision and prescribing of essential medicines in UNRWA refugee communities.
Name: Nicole Laramee
Location: Haiti
Project: Nicole Laramee is a first year MPH student in health policy and administration and a concentration in global health. This summer, Nicole will be completing her Applied Practice Experience in Haiti where she will be working on the scale-up process of a community-based disaster risk reduction training program. The disaster risk reduction program seeks to build local capacity and engage community members at the grassroots level, thereby introducing sustainability and services which can be better targeted and tailored towards local needs.
Name: Mary Otoo
Location: Ghana
Project: Mary is a second year MPH student in the division of epidemiology and biostatistics with a global health concentration. Mary will be volunteering in Ghana with Unite for Sight (UFS) this summer. While abroad, she will work with UFS partner doctors in rural communities, providing free vision care and eye restoring surgeries for the impoverished. She will also work on a research study that characterizes maternal perceptions on child vision care.
Name: Kathryn Vivirito
Location: Siaya, Kenya
Project: Kathryn Vivirito is a first year MPH student in Epidemiology and Global Health. She will be working on an ongoing One Health project in Siaya, Kenya this summer, exploring the health outcomes of families and children related to livestock ownership and socioeconomic status.
Name: Courtney Babb
Location: Ahero District, Nyanza Province, Kenya
Project: Courtney will be returning to Nyando, Kenya to lead a project to evaluate the effectiveness of a latrine intervention on childhood diarrheal health. She will be partnering with the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation where she will conduct a cross sectional survey to compare the incidence of diarrhea in children in communities with and without the latrine intervention. Risk factors for diarrheal illness will be identified. Water quality analysis techniques will measure water safety between communities; in addition, height and weight measures will serve as a child health indicator.
Name: Zabin S. Patel
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Project: Zabin will be conducting a cross-sectional study. She will investigating the Quality-of-Life (QoL) of Turkish patients receiving head and neck therapy. Zabin will also be examining if QoL is related to sociodemographic variables, including age, educational level, marital status, area of residence, monthly income, and employment status or clinical variables such as pain, type of surgical treatment, stages of disease, and time since surgery.
Name: Miguel Rodriguez
Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Project: Miguel will immerse himself in the local culture and engage with clinics, community organizations, and individuals, to better understand the barriers and strategies that HIV-infected individuals have towards a healthy lifestyle and adherence to treatment. 
Name: Paula Rusca
Location: Managua, Nicaragua
Project: Paula will be working to improve Nicaragua’s Clean Water Program, collecting and analyzing data to help AMOS to continually provide communities with safe drinking water. Paula will also be learning how household water filters create safe water and how this in turn improves the health of the people in rural Nicaraguan communities. 
Name: Krista Schaefer
Location: Kisumu, Kenya
Project: Krista will work with the Nyanza Reproductive Health Society (NRHS) on the Sexual Health and Preserving the Environment (SHAPE) project. She will be collecting data and making observations to answer questions about access to care in rural, resource-constrained areas. 
Name: Kirsten Almberg
Location: Antioquia, Colombia
Project: Kirsten’s project sought to characterize exposure to coal dust and estimated the prevalence of respiratory disease among coal miners.
Name: Sweta Basnet
Location: Bajura, Nepal
Project: Sweta’s research explored the association between STIs in women and their husband’s migration status.
Name: Darci Cabezas
Location: Ddegeya, Uganda
Project: Darci evaluated current diagnosis and antibiotic-prescribing habits for typhoid fever and treatment in order to reduce antibiotic resistance.
Name: Jiana Calixto
Location: Iganga, Uganda
Project: Jiana worked  with the Uganda Village Projects Monitoring and Evaluation team.  Jiana conducted follow-up with community members who have bought malaria nets to see how the nets are actually being used and to test malaria knowledge.
Name: Sheewin Pananookooln
Location: Dominican Republic
Project: Sheewin worked under the supervision of Dr. Max Brito on a project that surveys sexual risk behaviors of men and women to inform HIV prevention in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Name:  Adrienne Banks
Location:  Panajachel, Guatemala 
Project:  Adrienne will be pursuing an Applied Practice Experience with the Naturopathic Medicine for Global Health organization to assist with field surveillance duties, working closely with a community-based primary health clinic including gathering and analyzing population specific information to capture determinants of health, risk factors, population needs, and health delivery outcomes in an underserved indigenous Mayan population.  She will learn about traditional Mayan medicine as well as naturopathic approaches to global public health.
Name:  Alyssa Budoff
Location:  Delmas, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Project:  Alyssa will be working on a community Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) project.  She will be developing an evaluation strategy for a Training of Trainers program in community engagement.  Utilizing the CBPR approach, Alyssa will seek to understand the successes and challenges of this training in different seasonal contexts and will analyze qualitative date to inform future program development.
Name:  Unnati Patel
Location:  Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Project:  Unnati will be collaborating with an NGO called Bal Sansar Sanstha which works directly with female sex workers in a rural village to promote HIV/AIDS prevention methods approved by the National AIDS Control Organization in India.  She will conduct a cross-sectional study of the female sex worker population and on the behavioral and social determinants correlated with HIV/AIDS prevalence in female sex workers in rural settings in India.  Unnati plans to analyze data collected using descriptive statistics, logistic regression models, and other quantitative analysis methods to abstract data from her survey.
Name:  Evan Sorley
Location:  Hyderabad, India
Project:  Evan will be leading a project at SHARE India.  The project will be a case-control study designed to estimate prevalence of immunization for diphtheria among diphtheria patients, compared to prevalence of immunizations of controls; assess the degree of knowledge, awareness and attitudes about diphtheria immunization among patients; and determine factors associated with low knowledge, awareness, and negative attitudes.  Evan will observe interviews, help create a database, conduct data entry, and perform preliminary analysis.
Name:  Sally Berko
Location:  Amansie-West District, Ghana
Project:  Sally worked on a Millennium Villages Project in rural Ghana to reduce postpartum hemmorhage in women after childbirth.  Sally worked with the community liaison and the data coordinator during field visits at seven community health facilities. She also met with community health education workers and traditional birth attendants to validate and review data collected at the sites.
Name:  Kelley Brown
Location:  Suchitepequez, Guatemala
Project:  Kelley interned with Wuqu' Kawoa, a nongovernmental health service organization that works to develop nutrition and health programming initiatives in rural Guatemala.  She identified feeding practices of infants and young children, as well as the determinants of chronic malnutrition in order to facilitate new or improved practices.
Name:  Manpreet Grewal
Location:  Rajasthan, India
Project:  Manpreet worked with Marie Stopes International, an organization that delivers family planning and reproductive healthcare to millions of vulnerable women worldwide.  MSI is expanding sexual reproductive health services in thirteen of Rajasthan's districts. Manpreet assisted with services implementation by conducting program evaluation for the organization.
Name:  Maggie Kaufmann
Location:  Moscow, Russia
Project:  Maggie worked on developing a pilot HIV/AIDS prevention intervention targeted at sexually active female migrants from Central Asia who currently reside in Moscow.  These women are at increased risk of HIV infection due to increasing migration from Central Asia.
Name:  Marc Rosen
Location:  Buenos Aires, Argentina
Project:  Marc worked with Argentina's Ministry of Health National Tobacco Control Program to compile a report that identifies stakeholder needs in relation to recently passed smoke-free legislation as well as pending smoke-free lislation.  The report served to identify potential next steps for tobacco control policy in Argentina.

AY 2010-2011
Name: Rebecca Duerst
Location: Hyderabad, India
Project: Rebecca worked to address family planning issues, to provide immunization services and update vaccination data, and she conducted research related to diphtheria vaccination. 
Name: Lauren Hooberman
Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
Project: Lauren conducted research as part of a public health project to address Thai migrant workers’ exposure to pesticides.  She interviewed key stakeholders, Thai agricultural employees and agricultural employers.
Name: Sarah Kammerer
Location: Chakradharpur, India
Project: Sarah worked on a study to address infant mortality, maternal depression and barriers to family planning through a participatory community-level intervention. 
Name: Shana Salik
Location: Durban, South Africa and Lilongwe, Malawi
Project: Shana participated in the International Confederation of Midwives Triennial Congress, held in Durban, South Africa.  As part of her research in Malawi, she interviewed peer group leaders who participated in a community-based HIV prevention program.
AY 2009-2010
Name: Danielle Dorr-Niro
Location: India
Project: Danielle worked on a project with the Foundation for Sustainable Development that focused on child malnutrition prevention and identification programming.
Name: Ashley Gilbert
Location: Kisumu, Kenya
Project: Ashley conducted a study to explore the potential association between perceptions of stigmatization related to HIV testing and intention or past history of utilization of prenatal and delivery services among the study population.
Name: Ada Moadsiri
Location: Tonga, South Pacific
Project: Ada worked with the Tongan Ministry of Health to reduce the burden of nutritionally related chronic disease.
Name: Kelly Shulz
Location: Nepal, India
Project: Kelly worked on a project with Save the Children to document successes, challenges, and lessons learned in their pre-service health education initiative.
Name: Sara Test
Location: Kigali, Rwanda
Project: Sara studied HIV infected teens and their knowledge, understanding of and misconceptions about sex and safer sex practices.
Name: Christopher Zabrocki
Location: Moscow, Russia
Project: Chris participated in a pilot project to determine HIV/AIDS risks and protective factors of Central-Asian migrants in Moscow.
AY 2008-2009 
Name: Theodore Hufstader
Location: Santiago, Chile
Project: Ted analyzed existing qualitative research data relating to the stigmas, perceptions, and beliefs surrounding HIV/AIDS among Chilean men as part of a five-year, multi-faceted HIV/AIDS study funded by NIH.
Name: Albert Plenty
Location: Kisumu, Kenya
Project: Albert worked for the Kisumu Initiative for Positive Empowerment to collect demographic and behavioral data to identify risk factors and facilitators for HIV infection among men who have sex with men (MSM).
AY 2007-2008
Name: Katherine Heiman
Location: Peten, Guatemala
Project: Katherine participated in the International Health Immersion Program through Concern America, a “hands-on” learning opportunity in which participants learn about local health problems and local solutions.
Name: Lora Oswald
Location: Dominican Republic
Project: Lora assisted in the testing of the effectiveness of the Community Based Participatory Action Research (CBPAR) model to address health issues from a public health infrastructure perspective using the case of San Jose de Ocoa.
AY 2006-2007
Name: Linda Rosul
Location: Peru
Project: Linda worked on a nested case-control study of Crytposporidisis, a parasitic infection associated with childhood diarrhea and subsequent long-term growth faltering. The study examined the role of various domestic animals, such as cows, dogs, and poultry, in Cryptosporidium transmission.



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