PhD Epidemiology Candidate Selected as one of Six Global Health Equity Fellows

Kelly Winter

Only six students in the U.S. received the honor in 2012 and Kelly Winter can proudly say she was one of them.  The Global Health Equity Scholars Fellowship, sponsored by the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health, is a highly prestigious fellowship that supports a one-year research training program for post-doctoral, upper level PhD, and professional school students.  Winter is a PhD candidate in epidemiology and will leverage the fellowship to conduct her dissertation research in Kenya.

Her research will use Global Positioning Systems to compare maternal and child health in urban and rural areas of Kenya.  She hopes to pilot a geographic information system (GIS) that will enable geospatial epidemiological analyses of morbidity and mortality data. Her research will be guided by her FIU dissertation chair, Associate Professor Dr. Purnima Madhivanan, and an in-country advisor, Dr. Meghna Desai, from the Kenya Medical Research Institute.

Over the next five years, NIH anticipates awarding grants to approximately 40 fellows from the U.S. and low and middle income countries to lead public health research projects in 11 countries.


Author: William-Jose Velez

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