At FHI 360, cultivating partnerships and building capacity are high priorities that lead to lasting impact globally. Capacity development in global health has many facets. In the more than 70 countries where we work, many of our global health, population and nutrition programs and research studies include the training of public health workers and scientists. We also value partnerships in the United States that foster the development of the next generation of public health leaders.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the FHI 360 and University of North Carolina (UNC) Gillings School of Global Public Health Research Fellowship Program. This relationship provides graduate students from the Gillings School with the opportunity to work side by side with leading global health researchers. For the last decade, FHI 360 and UNC have built and sustained a local partnership through which yearly at least two students from the Gillings School work at FHI 360 and are mentored by our global health research experts.
Through this program, FHI 360 has had the privilege of working with some of the brightest young minds in the growing field of global health research. Over the years, 23 fellows have worked on a wide range of topics, generated research protocols, analyzed data, written manuscripts for scientific journals and developed technical skills that are essential to global health research.
This year, one of the program’s fellows was named by the Triangle Global Health Consortium as a finalist for the Triangle Global Health Emerging Leader Award. We believe that all of our fellows are emerging leaders in global health research and are pleased that many have gone on to careers at leading institutions, including FHI 360, where they are making their own contributions to lasting global impact.
Global health research at FHI 360 improves lives through clinical, epidemiologic, and social and behavioral health research that advances our understanding of the determinants of health inequities globally. This work leads to innovative solutions to improve health and lives worldwide. To make a real difference, it is imperative that we continue to share our knowledge and resources with others, and the FHI 360-UNC Research Fellowship Program provides one avenue for doing so. As this partnership celebrates 10 years, we take pride in the fact that we are building the capacity of future global health leaders as they learn the science of improving lives — placing evidence and research at the center of human development.