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MISSION To improve global health by educating future and current global health leaders, carrying out trans-disciplinary research, and assuring that the evidence collected informs policy and practice to make a difference.

ABOUT The Institute for Global Health began in 2009 to bring faculty and students together to enhance the university’s contributions to global health.




In its third year, the USC Institute for Global Health continued to grow and change. We began the 20112012 school year with new offices, a new website and several new team members. We launched right into our third global health lecture series, which tackled a number of pertinent global health issues. In addition, our new Program on Global Health & Human Rights, led by health and human rights expert Sofia Gruskin, hosted its first events at USC with talks by leading scholars in the field. As we continue to embrace digital and social technologies to further global health education, we were pleased to have our 1,000 Days Facebook game announced by ABC News at the Mashable Social Good Summit in the Fall and we will soon launch our next game project, the Global Health Response Engine. This year, we held a number of successful oncampus events in collaboration with 10 USC schools and initiatives. In anticipation of the London 2012 Olympic Games, World Health Day LA partnered with the United States Olympians Association to bring health screening and sports activities to the community. We were also proud to host the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) global health workshop at USC this summer. With the many changes we experienced this year, we continue to reflect on the consistent achievements of our students. This year, we supported global health projects for more than 50 students from 10 USC schools. From holding their own at the 65th World Health Assembly to winning honorable mention at an international case competition to pursuing higher degrees at a number of great universities, they continue to impress us with their passion for global health. We look forward to the continued growth and change of the the Institute and are thankful for your ongoing interest and support. Fight on for global health! Jonathan Samet, Director Heather Wipfli, Associate Director





USC INSTITUTE FOR GLOBAL HEALTH OVERVIEW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 OUR TEAM. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-4 GAMING & GLOBAL HEALTH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-6 GLOBAL OUTREACH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-8 EVENTS 2011-2012 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-10 GLOBAL HEALTH LECTURE SERIES 2012-2013 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-12 GLOBAL COLLABORATIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 CENTER FOR STORYTELLING, ACTIVISM & HEALTH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 PROGRAM ON GLOBAL HEALTH & HUMAN RIGHTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15-18 PUBLICATIONS & AWARDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19-20 RESEARCH IMMERSION GRANT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21-22 STUDENT PLACEMENT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23-24 STUDENT ACTIVITIES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25-28 GLOBAL HEALTH COURSES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29-30 WHERE ARE THEY NOW? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 2




Jonathan Samet, M.D., M.S. – Director, USC Institute for Global Health Heather Wipfli, Ph.D. – Associate Director, USC Institute for Global Health Sofia Gruskin, J.D., M.I.A. – Director, Program on Global Health & Human Rights Neal Baer, M.D. – Director, Center for Storytelling, Activism & Health (not pictured) Laura Ferguson, Ph.D., MSc, M.A. – Assistant Professor, Program on Global Health & Human Rights Teddy Curran - Research Assistant, USC Institute for Global Health Athena Foong, M.S. - Research Associate, USC Institute for Global Health Nuvjote Hundal, M.P.H. – Program Manager, USC Institute for Global Health Luz Moncayo – Executive Assistant to Jonathan Samet, USC Institute for Global Health Chelsea Moore – Project Specialist, Program on Global Health & Human Rights Sonny Patel, M.P.H. – Research Assistant, USC Institute for Global Health (not pictured) Larissa Puro – Web & Media Coordinator, USC Institute for Global Health Kevin Vavasseur – Administrator, USC Institute for Global Health


STUDENT FELLOWS The Institute selectively hires student fellows—both graduate and undergraduate—in many disciplines to assist in project management, faculty research and administration. From planning World Health Day LA to helping manage lecture events, our student interns are exposed to diverse leadership, academic and networking experiences.

Rachel Adams – Master of Public Health candidate Jake DeGrazia – Master of Arts in Specialized Journalism candidate Sarah Francis – Health Promotion & Disease Prevention major Nina Gertsvolf – Global Health major Nuvjote Hundal – Master of Public Health candidate Brooke Lejeune – Master of Public Health candidate Katherine Panich – Global Health major Vikram Paranjpe – Global Health major


“I feel fortunate to have been a student fellow. I’ve worked with great professors who are now my mentors and have developed lifelong friendships. IGH has developed and enhanced my leadership skills, interpersonal communication, and continuous drive for personal excellence.” – Brooke Lejeune

Bonnie Chen – Neuroscience and Global Health double major Teddy Curran – Global Health and East Asian Studies double major Molly Levine – Global Health major Emily Nelson – Global Health major Solanda Lee – Global Health major Nkolika Uzoukwu – Global Health major Kelsey O’Donnell – Global Health major and Master of Science in Global Medicine candidate

“Once I learned about all that IGH is involved in, I knew the internship would be a great opportunity for me to continue my research on tobacco control, build relationships with professors and be a part of a dynamic team.” – Sarah Francis


1,000 DAYS FACEBOOK GAME The Institute and USC School for Cinematic Arts partnered with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition and the Million Moms Challenge to create a Facebook game. Players interact with NGOs, government, industry and the community to implement solutions that improve the nutrition and livelihood of a family. ABC News correspondents Dr. Richard Besser and Juju Chang formally launched the game at the 2011 Mashable Social Good Summit in New York.

Mashable Social Good Summit 2011: “Gaming For Change: A New Game That Informs And Entertains” Scan or visit to watch the video

ABC Interview: “USC Develops Life-Saving Game” Scan or visit to watch the video




Keeping in tradition with USC’s prowess in the fields of gaming, innovation and new media, the Institute for Global Health embraces the creative use of new tools in global health education.

GLOBAL HEALTH RESPONSE ENGINE The Institute, in partnership with the USC Games Institute and the Institute for Multimedia Literacy, received support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation through ABC News to create a game engine that teaches leaders and the public to solve emerging global health problems. Facilitating player interaction with a carefully simulated world, this innovative program can be used as an immersive skill-building and training platform for students. The first phase of the Global Health Response Engine focuses on maternal health and will be expanded to address other health topics in the future. Learn more about the game at





TWEZIMBE DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION Jonathan Samet traveled to Uganda in January to tour health facilities and discuss partnerships with area organizations. There, he was named Board of Trustees chairman for the Twezimbe Development Foundation, a nonprofit based in Uganda’s Mawokota North, in the Mpigi district.

UGANDA TOBACCO CONTROL In the Fall, Heather Wipfli visited Uganda to facilitate training for tobacco control policy at the Center for Tobacco Control in Africa, a program supported by the World Health Organization and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and hosted by the School of Public Health at Makerere University in Uganda. Jonathan Samet, during his January trip, also visited the Center for Tobacco Control in Africa to discuss collaborative research opportunities in Kampala, Uganda, where the organization is based.

POLICY The Institute is continuing work with the gym program, which it implemented in 2009 to promote healthy, active lifestyles for Ugandan members of Parliament. This year, the Institute also developed health brochures and Ministry of Health messages to be distributed to members of Parliament. In addition, the Institute worked closely with Makerere University to develop grant proposals for collaborative projects. In September, the Institute hosted a side event, “Preventing Rising Chronic Diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa,” at the Uganda Permanent Mission during the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases.


ZAMBIA AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY & ZAMBIAN CANCER SOCIETY Heather Wipfli and staff member Larissa Puro were invited by representatives of the American Cancer Society and Zambian Cancer Society to visit Zambia in July 2012 to establish partnerships and aid cancer awareness through storytelling. Their visit coincided with the 6th Stop Cervical Cancer in Africa Conference, a forum for African first ladies and health stakeholders that addressed the burden and prevention of cervical cancer in Africa.

UKRAINE GREEN CROSS INTERNATIONAL Jonathan Samet and research associate Sonny Patel joined international leaders in Ukraine in April to visit sites affected by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster and the related healthcare programs sponsored by global nonprofit Green Cross International. In Summer 2012, they returned to hold focus groups in the city of Bila Tserkva. The trips were a follow-up to their 2011 Green Cross Switzerland-supported report, “The Psychological and Welfare Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster,” which revealed that people who were displaced or exposed to radiation during the Chernobyl disaster continue to suffer from significant neuropsychological consequences 25 years later. Patel spoke about the team’s work at both the 2011 American Public Health Association Conference in Washington, D.C., and XVIII International Conference in Moscow, which discussed environmental education for sustainable development.



Jonathan Samet traveled to Hong Kong to participate in the 2011 USC Global Conference and meet with USC partners in the region. At the conference, Samet gave a talk about nuclear disasters and their potential impact on public health.

GLOBAL HEALTH LECTURE SERIES 2011-2012 The Institute welcomes world-renowned global health leaders monthly to USC to share their experiences and engage in discussion and debate with faculty and students. Speakers are selected in collaboration with, and co-hosted by, different schools throughout the university. Each distinguished guest delivers a keynote lecture open to the public. Lecture videos, photos and speaker information are available at

Empowering Women: A Fundamental Tool for Primary Health Amelia Kyambadde, Uganda Minister of Trade & Industry; President, Twezimbe Foundation Co-hosted by the Center for International Studies

Pharmaceuticals for Humanity Victoria Hale, Founder & CEO, Medicines360 Co-hosted by the USC Marshall School of Business, the Society and Business Lab, and the USC School of Pharmacy

It’s a Very Big Deal: How the Tobacco Treaty is Transforming Public Health Patricia Lambert, Director, International Legal Consortium, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

Design Thinking and Health Care Tim Brown, President & CEO, IDEO Co-hosted by the USC Dana & David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences; and USC Viterbi School of Engineering

Diseases We Can Stop But Don’t Peter Hotez, President, Sabin Vaccine Institute; Founding Dean, Baylor College of Medicine, National School of Tropical Medicine Co-hosted by the Keck School of Medicine of USC and USC Dana & David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences

A Struggle for Relevance: The Future of WHO Kelley Lee, Associate Dean of Research, Director of Global Health, London School of Tropical Medicine Co-hosted by the USC Dana & David Dornsife School of Letters, Arts and Sciences; and the


Institute for Prevention Research

ASSOCIATION OF PACIFIC RIM UNIVERSITIES GLOBAL HEALTH WORKSHOP 2012 This year, USC hosted global health leaders from schools across the Pacific Rim for the 2012 Association of Pacific Rim Universities global health workshop. During the event, more than 20 schools and organizations participated in discussions regarding innovative global health education, public policy and university involvement in community health. The association was established by USC in 2006 as a platform used by universities throughout the Pacific Rim to transcend national borders to address issues of regional and global concern. The USC Institute for Global Health coordinates the group.

CO-HOSTED EVENTS In addition to the annual global health lecture series, the Institute partners with schools and initiatives across campus to bring more global health events to USC. This year, the Institute co-hosted the following events:

Golden Holocaust: Origins of the Cigarette Catastrophe and the Case for Abolition Robert Proctor, Author, Golden Holocaust: Origins of the Cigarette Catastrophe and the Case for Abolition – Book signing and presentation. Co-hosted with the USC Dornsife Research Cluster in Science, Technology and Society

Climate Change and Health: New Thinking on Risks and Opportunities Alistair Woodward, Head of School, School of Population and Health, University of Auckland, New Zealand Co-hosted with the Division of Environmental Health

Accelerating Progress in Tobacco Control in the Pacific Rim Judith McCool, Lecturer, School of Population Health, University of Auckland, New Zealand; Chris Bullen, Director, Clinical Trials Research Unit, School of Population Health, University of Auckland, New Zealand Co-hosted with the USC Institute for Prevention Research

Making Mexico Healthier: Reflections on Five Years of Challenge and Change Mauricio Hernandez, Director, Mexico’s National Institute for Public Health Co-hosted with the Department of Preventive Medicine

Lunch & Learn: Access to Global Health Care – Can Business Models Change the World? Melodie Holden, President & CEO, Venture Strategies Innovations Co-Hosted with the Society and Business Lab


FALL 2012 9/4 - The World on a Plate: A Global Photographic Feast Peter Menzel & Faith D’Aluisio – Co-Producers, Hungry Planet: What the World Eats 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. @ Ronald Tutor Campus Center - The Forum Join photographer Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio in examining the implications of the modern diet for our personal health and for our planet. This fast-paced presentation will include hundreds of images and stories from scores of countries covered in the duo’s awardwinning books.

11/5 - Turning Oppression into Opportunity – An Evening with Nicholas Kristof Nicholas Kristof – New York Times Columnist; Co-Author, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. @ Ronald Tutor Campus Center - Ballroom The USC Institute for Global Health, USC Program Board Speakers Committee and USC Spectrum have teamed up to invite New York Times columnist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas Kristof to speak on campus. Visit for more details. Follow Kristof at and

11/28 - The State of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Today: Research, Policies and Programs from Around the World Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Network Panel 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. @ Ronald Tutor Campus Center - The Forum

It is not only in the United States that sexual and reproductive health and rights are in jeopardy. In this panel discussion, leading academics and activists from around the globe working in this area will present the state of sexual and reproductive health and rights today, focusing on opportunities and challenges in each region of the world, and discuss global developments and proposed approaches going forward.


SPRING 2013 2/21 - Entrepreneurial Approaches to Global Health Challenges Jacqueline Novogratz – Founder, Acumen Fund

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. @ Ronald Tutor Campus Center - The Forum Despite headway on a few fronts such as polio and AIDS treatment, global health challenges continue to take a toll, from the billions without access to clean water and adequate sanitation to the millions of women who give birth without skilled attendants. Yet too often we think governments and aid organizations alone are responsible for addressing these challenges. How can entrepreneurs use the market to have an impact on global health? And how can they work with government, corporations and civil society to create more effective systemic solutions? Jacqueline Novogratz, founder of Acumen Fund, a social investment fund operating in India, Pakistan, and across Africa that has reached over 90 million people through its 70 portfolio companies, will address these questions with examples from Acumen’s experiences working in low-income markets. Her presentation will challenge the audience to think about the role they can each play in building a more inclusive, healthy future for us all.

3/26 - From Policy to Implementation – Challenges in the Field Joel Lamstein – Founder & President, John Snow, Inc.

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. @ Ronald Tutor Campus Center - The Forum In international development and global health there is a wide gap between what academic research and policy makers support and what the field realities dictate. This lecture by Joel Lamstein will outline those differences and explore how to this gap might be bridged in order to develop more effective evidenced-based interventions.

4/30 - Story of a Smile: The Journey of Operation Smile William Magee, Jr. – Co-founder & Executive Chairman, Operation Smile 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. @ Ronald Tutor Campus Center - The Forum

Children are a universal language—and this language has the power to unite people and nations. Join Dr. Bill Magee, a leading plastic and craniofacial surgeon, as he shares his journey through his organization, Operation Smile, a worldwide medical charity that delivers safe, effective surgical care to children suffering from cleft lip, cleft palate or other facial deformities. Magee will discuss the organization’s history and his inspiration to build a global medical charity committed to helping children around the world.



COLLABORATIONS PARTNERS This year, the Institute, which is always expanding its network, partnered with the following groups on projects. To see a complete list of partnerships, visit

ABC News American Cancer Society Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia Association of Pacific Rim Universities Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition International Medical Corps International Union for Cancer Control Makarere University, Uganda Million Moms Challenge NCD Action Network NCD Alliance Operation Smile Twezimbe Development Foundation ReSurge International Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network Zambian Cancer Society

CONNECTING STUDENTS Each year, the Public Health Leadership and Management course (PM 564) holds an internal case competition in which students are organized into teams and serve as hypothetical consultants to tackle global health issues based on real events. In Fall 2011, the student teams were tasked with creating strategic plans for facilitating the partnership between International Medical Corps (IMC) and ReSurge International on a global burn project. The winning team, Global Unite Consulting, comprised students Lily Fu, Nuvjote Hundal, Pat Nugent and Pitcha Ratanawong. For their award, the students sat down for dinner with IMC Fragile States Manager Steve Commins and ReSurge Chief Communications and Advocacy Officer Sara Anderson.




Dr. Neal Baer, award-winning writer, producer and pediatrician heads the Center for Storytelling, Activism and Health at USC’s Institute for Global Health. The Center examines how traditional and new media can be used to promote global health. Today, new media technologies such as mobile phones, Facebook, Twitter and social networking are not only changing the ways individuals communicate with each other — they’re fundamentally changing the way health promotion and health care are delivered. The Center seeks to understand how traditional media like film, television and music can be used with new media technologies to tell vibrant stories that can change the lives of people who traditionally haven’t had access to health care. The Center will survey the modes of new and traditional media that are working to improve health care access and delivery; design, implement and evaluate research projects using media to teach health promotion and disease prevention; and bring together experts across health and media fields to understand the power of storytelling to promote social change. Recently, the Center, in partnership with Hollywood, Health & Society—a division of USC Annenberg’s Norman Lear Center—received a grant from the CDC to assess how television users respond to health messages on television shows. The Center will investigate how viewers use new media and Internet tools to learn more about health issues they see on television and how these new media tools can be used to promote positive, measurable changes in health behavior. Dr. Baer graduated from Harvard Medical School where he received the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial Scholarship from the American Medical Association as the most outstanding medical student who has contributed to promoting a better understanding of medicine in the media. Baer wrote for and produced the most-watched medical drama in the history of television, NBC’s “ER” and the popular crime drama that often focused on medical issues, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” This year, he was the executive producer for the CBS medical drama, “A Gifted Man,” and his medical thriller, Kill Switch (cowritten with Jonathan Greene), was published by Kensington Press. His second medical thriller, Kill Again, will be published in 2013.

The Fall 2012 edition of Written By, the magazine of the Writers Guild of America, West, featured Baer and his work on health and storytelling. Scan or visit to read the story.



OVERVIEW An integral part of the Institute for Global Health, the Program on Global Health & Human Rights (GHHR) is at the forefront of expanding research in the field of health and human rights and developing of relevant tools for analysis, programmatic intervention, monitoring and evaluation. With increasing attention to the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of health interventions, the need has never been more urgent to provide evidence of the added value of using human rights to address public health challenges. GHHR emphasizes the conceptual, methodological, policy and practice implications of linking human rights to health, with particular attention to women, children and key populations. Its work includes documenting the positive impacts of human rights-based approaches to health on the lives of individuals and populations, and working with others to strengthen rights-based responses to health. This work engages a variety of areas, including HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, child and adolescent health and health systems strengthening. In 1997 Professor Gruskin developed the Program on International Health and Human Rights (PIHHR) at the Harvard School of Public Health. Over the years PIHHR grew in dynamic ways. This work moved to USC in 2011 and the team continues to strengthen the practical application of human rights to public health programming in a variety of ways— from designing and implementing specific analytic and programmatic tools to conducting trainings on various health and human rights topics.


FEATURED PROJECTS & GHHR works closely with international agencies, governments and non-governmental organizations to operationalize rights-based


approaches to health across the globe. GHHR’s work is concentrated in the following three areas: sexual and reproductive health, HIV, and child and adolescent health.

SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS GHHR is committed to putting gender equality and human rights at the center of promoting sexual and reproductive health.

The Reproductive Health and Human Rights Legal and Policy Tool

HIV AND HUMAN RIGHTS GHHR has long been at the forefront of research, capacity building, technical assistance, teaching and training in HIV and human rights.

Evaluating the Impact of Integrating Legal Support and Health Services for People Living with HIV

GHHR has worked with The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR)

GHHR is collaborating with the Open Society Institute (OSI) to use human rights concepts and methods to evaluate the

since 2001. Through this collaboration, GHHR has developed a tool that uses human rights norms and standards to

impacts of the work of four Kenyan NGOs that integrate legal aid and health services. This work has developed novel

address legal, policy and regulatory barriers to the fulfillment of sexual and reproductive health and to the provision of

evaluation methods and documented the benefits to affected communities of providing integrated services.

quality services. Field-tested in Brazil, Mozambique, Sri Lanka and Tajikistan, this year marked the finalization of the Tool and preparation for release as a standard instrument of WHO’s RHR department.

The Evidence of Impact of a Human Rights-Based Approach on Women’s Health and Children’s Health This project is intended to provide compelling evidence of the benefits of a human rights-based approach to women’s health and children’s health. In collaboration with the WHO and the University of Lancaster, this includes a systematic literature review and a series of case studies to document such evidence, as well as development of a research agenda. The end result of the review will be a multi-authored WHO monograph on the topic.

Sexual Health, Human Rights and the Law

The Institute of Medicine’s Committee for the Outcome and Evaluation of Global HIV/ AIDS Programs Implemented Under the Lantos-Hyde Act of 2008 This Committee is congressionally mandated to complete an assessment of the performance of United States assisted global HIV/AIDS programs and provide an evaluation of HIV prevention, treatment and care efforts that are funded by the U.S. government. Professor Gruskin serves as an appointed committee member.

The Global Commission on HIV and the Law Supported by the United Nations Development Programme, this Commission’s mandate is to analyze existing evidence and generate new evidence on the impact of the legal and human rights climate on HIV prevention, care and support around the world. Professor Gruskin serves as a member of the Technical Advisory Group to the Commission.

been working with the WHO and other partners to conduct comprehensive legal and jurisprudential research and analysis


across the globe. Outputs include a WHO report covering topics ranging from gender identity and expression to the

Building on a long history of work in this area, GHHR is expanding it efforts through new collaborations.

criminalization of sex and sexuality.

Interpreting the Child’s Right to Health

In order to foster the respect, protection and fulfillment of human rights related to sexuality and sexual health, GHHR has

The Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Research Network

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child has determined the need to better define the obligations of

Launched in Spring 2012, this network aims to improve health outcomes and rights realization by building capacity

states and other actors in realizing the child’s right to health. Following an expert consultation, Professor Ferguson was

for rigorous sexual and reproductive health research informed by a rights agenda. The steering committee comprises

asked to lead the process of drafting a research document to support the Committee’s work.

individuals representing institutions from eight countries around the world.

Short Course on Adolescent Health in Low- and Middle-Income Countries Highlighting GHHR’s teaching and training activities, Professor Ferguson taught at this annual course at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Her session, entitled “Adolescents’ Rights, Vulnerability and Diversity”, underscored the value of the Convention on the Rights of the Child to adolescent health programming. Possibilities for additional collaborations are emerging from this work building on the synergies of participants’ implementation activities and GHHR’s research focus.




This year GHHR launched its speaker series featuring experts working at the intersection of health and human rights from around the world. A wide range of topics were explored from the health and rights implications of the first-ever United Nations report on sexual orientation and gender identity to the rights-based framework at the heart of public health models in Brazil.

Sexuality and Sexual Health: Human Rights and the Effects of Laws and Policies Jane Cottingham, former team coordinator for gender, reproductive rights, sexual health and adolescence, Department of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization

Measuring Primary Health Care: What it means for Hospital Admission Rates in Brazil Maria Inês Costa Dourado, faculty, Institute for Public and Collective Health, Universidade Federal da Bahia

Working the System: Sexuality, Gender, Health and Human Rights at the United Nations Cynthia Rothschild, gender, sexual rights, HIV & AIDS and women’s human rights consultant

Collective Health: Brazil’s Expansion of the Public Health Model Maria Amélia de Sousa Mascenas Veras, faculty, Social Medicine Department, Santa Casa School of Medical Sciences Stay tuned for next year’s speaker series!

SNEAKPEAK Here’s a preview of just a few of the projects and events on the horizon:

The Pregnancy Decisions of Women Living with HIV GHHR is developing a supplement for Reproductive Health Matters on this topic. It comprises peer-reviewed academic articles from a range of countries which identify key gaps in current knowledge and highlight the value of multi-disciplinary efforts to support women living with HIV to stay healthy and fulfill their reproductive and sexual rights.

Family Planning and Human Rights Implementation Tool GHHR is working with the WHO to provide family planning and sexual and reproductive health service providers with a method for assuring the delivery of, and identification of barriers to, quality family planning and related preventative health information and services in accordance with human rights principles, norms and standards.

Realizing the Child’s Right to Health Building on previous collaborations, GHHR is strengthening linkages with the WHO, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Save the Children International and World Vision International in the area of child and adolescent health and rights. Planned activities include regional training workshops on child rights in relation to health, the creation of tools to facilitate the realization of the child’s right to health and preparations for the Human Rights Council’s 2013 Day of General Discussion on child health.

Roles and Responsibilities in Realizing Health and Human Rights: The Pharmaceutical Industry and Its Interactions with Other Actors In 2013, GHHR, in collaboration with the Merck Company Foundation, will host a conference at USC for academics, activists and individuals working in the private sector to discuss the health-related human rights responsibilities of the pharmaceutical industry and other non-state actors. Informed by this event, GHHR will create a USC distance-learning course on the topic.



In July 2012, Program on Global Health & Human Rights staff attended the International AIDS Conference (IAC), which was held in Washington, D.C. Located in a different country every two years, the IAC is the worlds largest and most comprehensive HIV conference. Amongst their activities: Sofia Gruskin served as a discussant in the opening plenary of the Social and Political Sciences Preconference and presented her poster, “The intersections of gender-based violence and HIV: Does evolving understanding of gender matter for who and what is studied?” Laura Ferguson presented her poster, “’I felt like she ambushed me…’: Experience of Rapid HIV Testing in Antenatal Care in a District Hospital in Kenya.” Project Specialist Chelsea Moore helped staff the Women’s Networking Zone, where a GHHR’ panel on the pregnancy decisions of HIV-positive women took place.




FAMRI Bar Study Investigators: Secondhand tobacco smoke: an occupational hazard for smoking and non-smoking bar and nightclub employees Jones, M.R., Wipfli, H., Shahrir, S., Avila-Tang, E., Samet. J.M., Breysse, P.N., & Navas-Acien, A. (2012). Secondhand tobacco smoke: an occupational hazard for smoking and non-smoking bar and nightclub employees. Tobacco Control. doi:10.1136/ tobaccocontrol-2011-050203.


Gruskin, S., & Ahmed, S. (2012). HIV and AIDS. In G. Backman (Ed), Right to Health: Theory and Practice (pp. 191-224). Lund, Sweden: Studentlitteratur.

Human rights in health systems frameworks: What is there, what is missing and why does it matter?

Gruskin, S., Ahmed, S., Bogecho, D., Hanefeld, J., Ferguson, L., MacCarthy, S., Raad, Z., & Steiner, R. (2012). Human rights in health systems frameworks: What is there, what is missing and why does it matter? Global Public Health, 7(4), 337-351.

Linking women who test HIV-positive in pregnancy-related services to long-term HIV care and treatment services: A Systematic Review Ferguson, L., Grant, A.D., Watson-Jones, D., Kahawita, T.M., Ong’ech, J.O., & Ross, D.A. (2012). Linking women who test HIVpositive in pregnancy-related services to long-term HIV care and treatment services: A Systematic Review. Tropical Medicine and International Health, 17(5), 564-580.

Patient Attrition between Diagnosis with HIV in Pregnancy-Related Services and LongTerm HIV Care and Treatment Services in Kenya: A Retrospective Study Ferguson, L., Lewis, J., Grant, A.D., Watson-Jones, D., Vusha, S., Ong’ech, J.O., & Ross, D.A. (2012). Patient Attrition between Diagnosis with HIV in Pregnancy-Related Services and Long-Term HIV Care and Treatment Services in Kenya: A Retrospective Study. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 60(3), 90-97.

Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV –assessing the accuracy of routinely collected data on maternal antiretroviral prophylaxis coverage in Kenya

Ferguson, L., Grant, A.D., Ong’ech, J.O., Vusha, S., Watson-Jones, D., & Ross, D.A. (2012). Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV –assessing the accuracy of routinely collected data on maternal antiretroviral prophylaxis coverage in Kenya. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 88, 120-124.

Tobacco use in 3 billion individuals from 16 countries: an analysis of nationally representative cross-sectional household surveys

Giovino G.A., Mirza S.A., Samet J.M., Gupta P.C., Jarvis M.J., Bhala N., Peto R, Zatonski W., Hsia J., Morton J., Palipudi K.M., Asma S. GATS Collaborative Group. (2012). Tobacco use in 3 billion individuals from 16 countries: an analysis of nationally representative cross-sectional household surveys. ). The Lancet, 380(9842), 668-79.

Avoiding Plagiarism: The Assurance of Original Publication

Dickens B., Gruskin S., & Tarantola D. (2011). Avoiding Plagiarism: The Assurance of Original Publication. American Journal of Public Health, 101(6), 969.

Equity, Human Rights, and Health: Here, There and Back Again

Gruskin, S. (2011). Equity, Human Rights, and Health: Here, There and Back Again. Retrieved from: research-watch/Health-and-Equity/commentary.html

International Health, Global Health and Human Rights

Tarantola, D., Ferguson, L. & Gruskin, S. (2011). International Health, Global Health and Human Rights. In R. Parker & M. Sommer (Eds), Handbook of Global Public Health. New York, NY: Routledge.


ONS&AWARDS Linking women who test HIV-positive in antenatal and maternity services to long-term HIV care and treatment services in Kenya: Missed Opportunities Ferguson, L. (2011). Linking women who test HIV-positive in antenatal and maternity services to long-term HIV care and treatment services in Kenya: Missed Opportunities. Evidence for Action on HIV Treatment and Care Systems Case Study, 11 (1-2).

Missed opportunities to enroll women testing HIV-positive in antenatal and delivery services into long-term HIV care and treatment: A briefing paper

South, A., Ferguson, L., Balira, A., Watson-Jones, D., & Ross, D.A. (2011). Missed opportunities to enroll women testing HIV-positive in antenatal and delivery services into long-term HIV care and treatment. Evidence for Action on HIV Treatment and Care Systems, 9 (1-4).

Moving beyond global tobacco control to global disease control

Wipfli, H., & Samet, J. (2011). Moving beyond global tobacco control to global disease control. Tobacco Control. doi:10.1136/ tobaccocontrol-2011-050322.

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Public Health Education

Allotey, P., Delvaux, T., Diniz, S., DeJong, J., Fonn, S., & Gruskin, S. (2011). Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Public Health Education. Reproductive Health Matters, 19(38), 56-68.

Tackling Violence and HIV/AIDS: Global Health Imperatives

Gruskin, S. (2011). Tackling Violence and HIV/AIDS: Global Health Imperatives. American Journal of Public Health, 101(6), 968.

The Threat of Menthol Cigarettes to US Public Health

Samet, J. & Benowitz, N. (2011). The Threat of Menthol Cigarettes to US Public Health. The New England Journal of Medicine, 364(23), 2179-2181.

Tobacco Sales and Promotion in Bars, Cafes and Nightclubs from 22 Countries Around the World Shahrir, S., Wipfli, H., Avila-Tang, E., Breysse, P., Samet, J.M., & Navas-Acien, A. (2011). Tobacco Sales and Promotion in Bars, Cafes and Nightclubs from 22 Countries Around the World. Tobacco Control. doi:10.1136/tc.2010.040220

Where are the sexual and reproductive health and rights of HIV-positive women on the global agenda?

Gruskin, S., & MacCarthy, S. (2011). Where are the sexual and reproductive health and rights of HIV-positive women on the global agenda? Retrieved from:

AWARDS Robert M. Zweig, M.D., Memorial Award Jonathan Samet was honored by the The South Coast Air Quality Management District at the 23rd Annual Clean Air Awards in October for his work related to health effects of air pollutants.


RESEARCH IMMERSION GRANT The Global Health Research Immersion Grant supports hands-on experiences in low- or middle-income countries or within international institutions engaged in global health research and practice. Each semester, the Institute awards a handful of applicants—in groups or individually—anywhere from $3,000 to $10,000 to pursue their projects abroad. During their trips, the students post on our travel blog at .

FEATURED GRANT RECIPIENT: Teddy Curran Undergraduate grant recipient Teddy Curran was awarded a global health immersion grant for his project, “Investigation of Tobacco-Sponsored Schools in China.” During the 2012 commencement, he was recognized as a USC Global Scholar, an honor given to undergraduates with GPAs of 3.5 or better who spent at least 10 weeks studying outside the U.S. Of the 33 Global Scholars, Curran and nine others were each awarded $10,000 to be applied toward graduate study. “I’m very grateful to IGH for supporting my public health research in China. For four months, I immersed myself within a dedicated team of tobacco control experts in Beijing. With the team’s invaluable assistance, I had the opportunity to act as Principle Investigator on the investigation of multiple tobacco company-sponsored schools. I was able to learn through trial and error—lessons that can only be learned by practice in fieldwork. To me, the global scholar prize is not a celebration, but encouragement as I continue a career path in medicine and global health.” – Teddy Curran, B.S. Global health and B.A. East Asian Languages, 2012


GRANT PLACEMENTS James Aluri, Biological Sciences and Music double major — South Africa A Survey of Public Private Collaborations

Abigail Armstrong, Master of Science in Global Medicine candidate — Indonesia Effects of Sustainable Farming Techniques in Relation to Malnutrition Rates

Christian Basa & Cristian Liu, Part-time Master of Business Administration candidate & Master of Business Administration candidate — Cambodia Evaluating Hospital Laboratory Operations

Perlita Carrillo & Vena Sobhawongse, Master of Public Health candidates — Chile Impact of Warning Label Use in Chile: A Baseline Study for the Implementation of the Nutritional Composition & Advertising Law Theodore Curran, Global Health, East Asian Languages & Cultures double major — China Investigation of Tobacco-Sponsored Schools in China

James Eames, Master of Science in Global Medicine candidate — Chile

Medical Analysis of the Chilean National Forensic Database from an Emergency Medicine Perspective

Lily Fu, Master of Public Health candidate — China Socioeconomic Status and Belief of Air Pollution Effects on Adverse Birth Outcomes Mehrban Goshtaseb Pour Parsi & Yazeed Ibrahim, Master of Science in Global Medicine candidates — Uganda Pre-and Post-Assessment of Incorporating an Educational Component to TB Treatment

Kristine Jegalian, Master of Urban Planning and Master of Public Administration candidate —Armenia Assessing the Role of Family Planning Units in the Delivery of Contraception

Monica Jain, Biomedical Engineering major — Chile Medical Analysis of the Chilean National Forensic Database from an Emergency Medicine Perspective Grace Lam, Medical Student — Tanzania Burkitt’s Lymphoma in Tanzania Brooke Lejeune, Master of Public Health candidate — Kiribati Diabetes on Christmas Island

Molly Levine, Global Health major — South Africa Compliance with Anti-Tobacco Legislation in Cape Town. Erica Patel, Narrative Studies and Biological Sciences double major — Kenya Wema Children’s Orphanage: Creative Writing/Art and HIV/AIDS

Pitcha Ratanawong, Master of Public Health candidate — Thailand The Evaluation of Disease Knowledge and Prevention of Tourists in Ko Chang, Thailand Lillian Ware, Civil Engineering major— Honduras Water Containment System


STUDENT PLACEMENT PRACTICUM As a culminating experience, students in the global health leadership track of USC’s Master of Public Health program have the opportunity to integrate their acquired knowledge through practical training, known as the public health practicum. The Institute offers opportunities for students who wish to complete their practicum requirements either at USC or abroad. Both options are research-intensive and involve close faculty mentorship.

Featured Practicum: 65th World Health Assembly A team of 14 MPH students attended the 65th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, for their practicum in May. The students, led by Heather Wipfli, served as delegates for the Union for International Cancer Control and liaisons for the NCD Alliance, a network of organizations that combats non-communicable diseases. In addition to interviewing delegates, the students utilized blogs and social media to discuss the assembly’s topics and share their experiences. In the second week of their trip, the students visited international institutions, including the World Economic Forum; GAVI Alliance; The Global Fund for HIV, TB and Malaria; Doctors Without Borders; the International Committee of the Red Cross; the World Health Organization; World Trade Organizaton and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to explore global health topics including financing, aid and diplomacy. Watch the students’ interviews with United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius on non-communicable diseases:

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Read the students’ World Health Assembly blog posts:

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INTERNATIONAL PRACTICUM PLACEMENTS Institute faculty helped link the following students to individual practicum opportunities:

Ellie Afshar, Master of Public Health candidate Public Health Foundation of India — India

Alexandra Anderson, Master of Public Health candidate Kiribati Pacific Islands Medical Aid — Kirabati

Amanda Calvert, Master of Public Health candidate Twezimbe Development Foundation — Uganda

Bonnie Chen, Global Health and Neuroscience major Twezimbe Development Foundation — Uganda Nivvy Hundal, Master of Public Health candidate GAVI Alliance — Switzerland Jennifer Kotlewski, Master of Public Health candidate Union for International Cancer Control — Switzerland

Hannah Smith, Master of Public Health candidate Tobacco Free Initiative, World Health Organization — Switzerland Natalia Sejbuk, Master of Public Health candidate

Chronic Disease Prevention and Management, World Health Organization — Switzerland


STUDENTACTIVITIES Our fourth annual USC Global Health Awareness Week was held March 30-April 7, 2012. The week focused on nutrition around the world and included the following events: t

World Day of Social Justice


Networking luncheon




Film screenings


Global lunches


Lunch and photo exhibition with International Medical Corps Facebook photo & film contest



Hundreds of community members, volunteers and athletes turned up to promote health and fitness in anticipation of the London 2012 Olympics at World Health Day LA on Saturday, April 7. The event, organized by students from USC; University of California, Los Angeles; and Western University of Health Sciences, offered free health screenings, entertainment and sports activities for the community. Through partnership with the SoCal Olympians organization, a dozen Olympians, including United States Olympians Association President Willie Banks and four-time gold medal diver Greg Louganis, participated in the day’s activities and kicked off the national “Walk to London 2012” campaign with a community march around the LA Memorial Coliseum. For more information, visit


CASE COMPETITIONS Educational case competitions present students with complex real world case studies to test their skills and knowledge acquired in the classroom. Working in teams, the students are given limited time to organize solutions and ideas before presenting to a panel of judges.

2012 USC Global Health Case Competition At the first USC Global Health Case Competition, 15 teams of more than 90 undergraduate and graduate students from 11 schools were tasked with developing a strategic plan for the International Medical Corps. Acting as consultants, the students had four days to prepare before presenting to a handful of judges, who then chose four teams to move on to the final round before a panel of experts which included Claude Alexandre, Haitian microfinance expert; Mauricio Hernández-Ávila, Mexico’s National Institute of Public Health director; Sofia Charvel, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México professor; Stephen Tomlin, IMC Program Policy and Planning vice president; Jaya Vadlamudi, IMC senior communications officer; Henri Ford, USC medical education dean; and Jonathan Samet, USC Institute for Global Health director. Undergraduates Hao-Hua Wu, Rebecca Gao, Peter Eskander, Divya Bhamidipati, Sarah Bridge and Jasmine Thum won the final round. The students represented diverse backgrounds of study, including biological sciences, East Asian studies, global health, theater, psychology, Spanish and biomedical engineering.

2012 International Emory University Global Health Case Competition The global health case competition winning team went on to represent USC at the Emory University International Global Case Competition in March for a chance to win $6,000. The students, who were the only undergraduates at the competition, received an honorable mention, beating out 20 other teams.

“This was definitely the best experience I’ve had in college thus far. Working with such a talented and diverse group of students made me realize what it means to use teamwork to accomplish anything.” - Peter Eskander, Theatre and biological sciences double major


“They were superb! Personable, organized, thoughtful and convincing…. They wowed the judges…. I am now a big fan of USC and greatly appreciate you sending a team for the Emory case competition.” - Jeffrey Koplan, Emory Global Health Institute director and former director of the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention

STUDENTACTIVITIES GLOBAL HEALTH STUDENT CLUB The global health student club engages students in global health conversations, holds events, attends presentations and organizes fundraisers for relevant causes. In addition to travel opportunities, club members have priority access to guest speakers during our global health lecture series events. This is a multidisciplinary group and all students are welcome to join. This year, in addition to hosting fundraisers and film screenings, the club organized a medical book drive for Mekelle Univeristy in Ethiopia. For more information about the club’s activities, visit or

GLOBEMED Founded in 2007, GlobeMed at USC is one of 46 GlobeMed chapters working to improve the health of people living with limited resources around the world. The group partners with Care Net Ghana, a grassroots organization in Hohoe, Ghana, to fund and support projects on women’s health and children’s health. GlobeMed members organize service and team-building events each year and are actively involved in the USC Global Health Awareness Week. For more information, visit

GLOBAL HEALTH PARKSIDE INITIATIVE The Institute is partnering with the USC International Residential College at Parkside (IRC) to deliver global health information and events to its residents. Activities include lectures, fundraisers and onsite office hours with Institute faculty.


GLOBAL HEALTH COURSES THE NEW YORK TIMES KNOWLEDGE NETWORK In September, Heather Wipfli and Jonathan Samet co-taught The New York Times Knowledge Network course, Tackling the Global Rise of Non-Communicable Diseases – The UN General Assembly Summit, which took place during the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases..

SUMMER@USC Following the success of last year’s popular course, Global Health: Disease Detectives led by the Institute, USC Summer Programs once again offered high school students an immersive two-week global health college experience this summer. The Global Health: Disease Detectives course is geared towards high school students interested in health and global issues who want to make a positive impact in the world. It focuses on detecting, controlling and preventing disease outbreaks and teaching students the scope and activities of global health.

MICRO-SEMINARS As part of USC Welcome Week for incoming students, faculty from across campus teach introductory two-class micro-seminars. Heather Wipfli taught the 2012 seminar, Outbreak! How to Save to World from Disease Epidemics.


INSTITUTE FACULTY-LED COURSES UNDERGRADUATE PM 270 – Introduction to Global Health An introduction to the concepts of global health and disease control as well as issues of globalization, global governance, emerging diseases, infectious disease treatment and outbreak challenges.

HP 470 – Global Health Case Studies A case study examination of programs and organizational structure underlying current international efforts addressing problems related to infection disease, chronic disease, global environmental change, emergencies and emerging disease epidemics.

GRADUATE PM 564 – Public Health Leadership and Management An examination of future-focused leadership principles with applications to public health systems. Students study the formulation and implementation of strategy, organizational management and change, and development of public health organizations.

PM 565 – Emerging Trends in Global Health – A Public Health Seminar A discussion of current public health issues and research topics relating to 21st century challenges and threats, focusing on lessons learned and best practices to strengthen public health systems and enhance public health readiness and preparedness.

TRANS-DISCIPLINARY COURSES COMING IN 2013: PM 569/ LAW 707 – Global Health, Law and Human Rights An exploration of the complex interactions between health, law and human rights, emphasizing the use of human rights in public health thinking and practice.

Writing 340: Advanced Writing Communication for Engineers Students in WRIT 340, a required engineering course offered through the USC Viterbi Engineering Writing Program, worked with the Institute on community service projects focusing on sub-Saharan Africa. Over the course of three semesters, students completed approximately 10 research projects that concentrated on global health and sustainability.

IML 420: New Media for Social Change + HP 470: Global Health Case Studies This year, the Institute and USC Institute for Multimedia Literacy combined classes to bring together honors multimedia students and global health students to study and utilize digital media to examine global health issues. A grant to develop the course was secured from the USC Fund for Innovative Undergraduate Teaching. The following are examples of two student video projects:

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WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Since graduating from USC, many students who were associated with, or placed abroad by, the Institute have accepted full-time global health positions or are pursuing higher degrees. Check out what a few former students are up to now:

Joanne Cho, MPH – Awarded 2012-2013 U.S. Student Fulbright award. Placed in South Korea, 2012.

Yasmin Alia Khan, MPH – Working at GAVI Alliance. Placed at WHO in Switzerland, 2009.

Juleon Rabbani, MPH – Pursuing Ph.D. in public health at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Placed in South Korea, 2009.

Kelly Leech, MPH – Working at Operation Smile in India. Placed in India, 2010.

James Aluri, BS, BA – Pursuing medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Placed in South Africa, 2011.

Sonya Soni, MPH – Pursued medical anthropology at Harvard Medical School and is currently health policy advisor for Newark Mayor Cory Booker and a fellow for Global Health Corps. In 2011, Soni was one of five students featured in the documentary “Keep a Child Alive with Alicia Keys” who traveled with the pop star to orphanages in South Africa to address the health and social needs of HIV-affected orphans Placed in India, 2009.


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