The NYU Global Institute of Public Health (NYU GIPH) is responding to Ebola in a number of ways. NYU is part of a continued coordination with internal and external partners on Ebola-related policies concerning student travel, city and state public health response, and national response via Consortium of Universities in Global Health. Additionally NYU has been partnering with NGOs to support efforts on the ground in West Africa. Other highlights include:
- In collaboration with UNICEF, a real-time topics course is being offered this January term, “Behavioral and Communication Strategies for Global Epidemics: Focus on Polio and Ebola”. NYU MPH students and NGO fieldworkers will be led by a team of public health “experts in the field” to develop a knowledge base and a foundation of skills to be able to design and implement strategies in disease prevention and response in outbreak situations, with a focus on the reemergence of Polio and Ebola. This course focuses on the integration of three public health disciplines for emergency action: epidemiology, behavioral health/ intervention research, and public health communication.
- NYU GIPH also joined a multidisciplinary group of 30 professionals including economists, anthropologists, mental health professionals, public health nurses, emergency medicine physicians, social psychologists, epidemiologists, population scientists, historians, and public health practitioners and physicians from Ghana and New York University to convene an agenda-setting roundtable at the NYU Accra Campus in Ghana to address the recent Ebola epidemic in West Africa. The purpose of the roundtable was to provide space for frontline health care workers and other professionals, engaged in tackling the real threat of the Ebola in Ghana, to share their experiences in dealing with the threat as well as air their views of the current epidemic and its impact on the policy debate on preparedness to tackle the epidemic in Ghana.