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ASPPH Welcomes Class of 2016 ASPPH/CDC Allan Rosenfield Global Health Fellows

The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health is pleased to announce the selection of 31 new fellows who will engage in an intensive 11 month assignment at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), within the Center for Global Health (CGH). The ASPPH/CDC Allan Rosenfield Global Health Fellows for 2016-2017 have attended a comprehensive orientation program for 10 days in Atlanta, GA. Following the program, fellows will begin their assignments located in seven countries abroad as well as at CDC headquarters in Atlanta.

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[Photo: 2016/2017 Allan Rosenfield Fellows]

In honor of Dr. Allan Rosenfield’s legacy, the fellows will participate in CDC global projects aimed at reducing the burden of disease and disability on people who live without access to basic, life-saving health care, as they build their own capacity to be the next generation of global health leaders.

New ASPPH/CDC Allan Rosenfield Global Health Fellow Mr. Damian Weikum writes, “Having recently graduated [with a] BS/MPH, I am thrilled to fulfill my dream of working as a young professional at the CDC. In addition to strengthening my biostatistics skills in HIV surveillance, I am eager to further explore the current clinical and public health issues in HIV around the world. I will be applying to medical schools in the future and hope that my multidisciplinary experiences with the CDC will reinforce my desire to become a physician-scientist and leader in global health.”  

The 2015-2016 ASPPH/CDC Allan Rosenfield Global Health Fellows are:

The orientation included welcome sessions by ASPPH and CDC staff; sessions presented by CDC staff on the structure, priorities, and leadership of CGH; and sessions presented by ASPPH staff on program policies and procedures. Fellows also participated in skill-building trainings on conflict management, developing goals and objectives, and creating effective presentations. In addition, fellows had an opportunity to learn from current and former ASPPH/CDC Allan Rosenfield Global Health Fellows and mentors for the program, as they presented on their own experiences. Finally, the fellows participated in a three-day training provided by CDC entitled “Preparing for Work Overseas.”

As new ASPPH/CDC Allan Rosenfield Global Health Fellow Ms. Aderonke Solape Ajiboye said, “As an incoming ASPPH Global Surveillance fellow based in Ethiopia, I am looking forward to working within the Division of Global HIV & TB to eliminate the transmission of HIV through strategic information and data analysis. Throughout training this week, I have learned how CDC partners with country governments and local organizations to increase HIV monitoring, evaluation, and surveillance efforts within country. I am looking forward to learning how all of these stakeholders work together to utilize this information to create a country’s epidemiologic profile in order to improve HIV treatment and prevention programs. I am excited to be joining in with these efforts as a new ASPPH fellow.”

ASPPH would like to thank CDC for their continued support of this important workforce development program.

For more information on the ASPPH/CDC Allan Rosenfield Global Health Fellowship Program, please visit: www.aspph.org.