2017 Winter Projects

The Center for Global Education Initiatives is pleased to announce three faculty global health interprofessional grantees and their projects for Winter 2017. Student applications for the winter projects are now closed.

Kerala, India

Interprofessional exploration of aging, health, and mental health in a global context

Faculty lead: Joan Pittman, MSW, PhD, School of Social Work and Deborah Gioia, MSSW, PhD, School of Social Work

Travel dates: January 1-15, 2017

The goal of this project is for UMB social work, nursing and public health students to better understand models of mental health and health care practices in India and the United States. The project includes participation in the Dyuti 2017 International Conference on Health Aging and Mental Health at Rajagiri College in Kerala. Through US-based coursework, qualitative methods, small group discussions, assignments, and journaling, students will have opportunities to learn how different cultures approach issues of aging, health, and mental health.

Important Dates:

Required pre-departure classes and Spring meetings:

  • Tuesday, October 11, 6-9pm, UMB SSW
  • Saturday, November 12, 9am-12pm, UMB SSW
  • Monday, December 12, 12-2pm, UMB SSW
  • Tuesday, January 31, 6-8pm for a debriefing meeting
  • Monday, February 27, 5-7pm, Group presentation at the SMC Student Center

Application process is now closed.

Jerusalem, Israel

Governance, capacity and safety for an off-grid water project

Faculty lead: William Piermattei, JD, UM Carey School of Law; Brent Goldfarb, PhD, Robert H. Smith School of Business; and Julie Weisman, JD, Carter, Ledyard, Milburn LLP

Dates: January 2-10, 2017

This project builds on the conclusions of the led by Professor Robert Percival during the spring of 2015. In that project, he took eight students from the schools of law, business, nursing, and dentistry to investigate the feasibility of small scale greywater projects in off-grid communities in the Middle East. Dr. Clive Lipchin, director of transboundary water management at the Arava Institute of Environmental Studies (AIES), served as the team’s client and director of the small scale greywater installations. The overwhelming conclusion of the students was that these projects, as structured, were not sustainable in the long term. Dr. Lipchin agreed with the students’ findings and has solicited our assistance on this current project.

This next project will involve work in one off-grid community, the village of Auja, located a few miles outside of Jericho. Auja is an agricultural village yet water is scarce for irrigation purposes. Currently, the farmers of Auja use drills to dig deep for groundwater yet the cost of pumping the water (for electricity) is expensive, and the quality of the water is not always as expected. Using external grant funding, AIES, under Dr. Lipchin’s direction, has installed a set of solar panels to help provide power to the water pumps. The solar panels provide approximately 25% of the farmers’ power needs.

Currently, the solar panels constitute a donor project. Experience has shown that unless the local community can take control of the project using a sound business model, supported by an appropriate corporate governance structure, the project cannot be sustained. More importantly, the concept cannot be scaled up so as to be useful in other communities. Because water extraction and use is heavily regulated, it is important to ensure that such a project does not run afoul of current regulatory strictures. A closely aligned issue concerns the fact that the quality of deep groundwater is sometimes brackish and can only be used with certain crops. Thus, the ability to assess water quality must be built into any sustainable business and governance model.

The trip will be based in Jerusalem, the EcoCenter at Auja and Kibbutz Ketura where AIES is located. At the end of the program, the students will be required to produce a collaborative report which provides recommendations for a business model, corporate governance structure and integration of water quality monitoring into both.

Application process is now closed.


Interprofessional care teams in Salvador, Brazil: A transferable model of care

Faculty lead: Isabel Rambob, DDS, School of Dentistry 

Dates: January 9-20, 2017

The purpose of this project is to offer UMB students an opportunity to study the Brazilian model for mitigating the HIV epidemic in an interprofessional setting and its applicability in community-based programs in Baltimore City.

The Brazilian National AIDS Program is widely recognized as the leading example of an integrated HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment program in a developing country. Programs have been established in 27 states and more than 400 municipalities. In these states and municipalities, several HIV/AIDS facilities have been implemented, including voluntary counseling and testing centers, specialized assistance services for ambulatory care, and hospital services. This project will take place in the city of Salvador in the state of Bahia more specifically at the CEDAP-State Specialized Center for Diagnosis, Treatment and Research in STD and HIV/AIDS. This Center is a public health unit of the SUS that offers free comprehensive health care to people living with HIV/AIDS. For two weeks, UMB students will be given the opportunity to observe the services provided in this center in the context of their current field of studies and the impact of interprofessional education and the collaborative practice team in improving health outcomes for people living with HIV/AIDS.

The application process is now closed.