Drs. Christine Stauber and Erin Vinoski-Thomas, professors in Georgia State University School of Public Health, have been named individual recipients of an international Virtual Exchange Program grant. The grant program provides awards to 12 Georgia State faculty who will use technology to connect students from across the globe to gain skills in cross-cultural communication, collaboration and problem solving.
Dr. Stauber is associate professor of environmental health in the department of Population Health Sciences. She is partnering with the Institute of Collective Health at the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil to implement her project entitled Virtual Exchange in Environmental Health: Think Global, Act. The award will help students utilize various technologies, such as WhatsApp, YouTube, Skype, Webex, Zoom, and the App +Lugar, to gain a greater understanding of environmental determinants of health from a global perspective.
Dr. Vinoski-Thomas is a research assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy & Behavioral Sciences and director of Health and Wellness in the Center for Leadership in Disability. She is partnering with North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa and the University of Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil to implement Enhancing Public Health Students’ Intercultural Connectedness Around Issues of Disability and Health Through a Virtual Exchange Experience. Her project will utilize two innovative online platforms, Flipgrid and VoiceThread, to allow students to reflect upon how their personal characteristics (e.g. race, ethnicity, religious identity, rural vs. urban identity) inform their beliefs about people with disabilities.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on March 20