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Uganda Research.

Drs. Kory Smith (Architecture), Jim Jensen (Engineering), and Chris Lowry (Geology) in Uganda researching water supply resources for refugees.

The Community for Global Health Equity (CGHE) seeks to foster novel scholarship that harnesses the power of transdisciplinary collaboration to address the complex sets of barriers to achieving global health equity.

2017 Seed Funding Awardees

2016 Seed Funding Awardees

  • Dealing with Disparities in Food Acquisition Among Refugees (DDFAR)
    At the end of 2014, 19.5 million people were reported to be refugees in the world, and the number has continued to rise.  In 2014, 4,085 refugees were resettled in New York State, with Erie County receiving the highest number. Resettlement is meant to be a durable, long-term habitation solution so refugees can lead full, healthy lives. However, refugees are often resettled in neighborhoods that expose populations to a variety of health risks. 
  • The Value of Refugees and Interpreters as Standardized Patients for Interprofessional Education
    The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reports that the “number of people forcibly displaced at the end of 2014 (has) risen to…59.5 million persons” due to global conflicts and a “world at war”.  
  • Health Impacts of Air Pollution Exposure During Pregnancy
    Air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk. WHO reports that air pollution exposure caused deaths of 7 million people 2012, or one in eight of total global deaths. Deaths among pregnant women, children and adolescents account for more than one third of the global burden of premature mortality. Children in developing countries are eight times more likely to die before they reach the age of five. Air pollution exposure causes health impacts that significantly differ across different population groups, among which pregnant women and infant might be the most vulnerable population.  

Seed Funding Motivation

The Community for Global Health Equity announces open calls for seed funding every year. Seed funding is awarded to foster the work of transdisciplinary teams in advancing global health equity in a variety of topics. These funds are intended to collaborative scholarship among faculty in disciplines throughout the University.  This opportunity is separate from theme-specific efforts of CGHE to advance transdisciplinary scholarship in food equity and air pollution.