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Broadening the Impact of JPHCOPH

A memorandum of understanding to support JPHCOPH faculty and student research exchange and grant writing is signed between Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health and Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences, Nagpur and Wardha, India.

Opportunities to improve rural public health are expanding for JPHCOPH.  A recent visit to India is opening doors through which we will learn and contribute.  A culmination of two years of planning, this visit is the first of many initiatives that will help us broaden our impact as a COPH

This opportunity began in 2009 when, following an invited presentation at an international meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, Dr. Lynn Woodhouse had the opportunity to meet with Dr. Quazi Syed Zahiruddin of the Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences, (DMIMS, Deemed University). This meeting was the beginning of an ongoing communication that progressed to four days of meetings last month at DMIMS in Nagpur and Wardha, India.  These meetings were attended by Drs. Woodhouse and Livingood.  A ceremony marking the signing of an MOU between Jiann Ping Hsu College of Public Health (JPHCOPH) and the DMIMS was held on April 26, 2012.  Signed by the Pro Chancellor of DMIMS, Dr. Ved Prakask Mishra, this MOU creates a platform to pursue opportunities for faculty and student exchange, faculty and student research and proposal development for external funding to support additional initiatives.  “This is an incredible honor and an exciting development for our College of Public Health. While visiting their institution, DMIMS leaders, faculty, staff and students welcomed us, shared their impressive programs and research and opened their homes to us.   Our collaboration will provide opportunities for both institutions to learn from each other as we support the development of public health training in both India and the US,” Dr. Woodhouse reported.  “DMIMS is located in a rural area.  Partnering with DMIMS and learning with each other will help JPHCOPH meet our mission to improve rural public health.”  While in New Delhi, India, Drs.

Woodhouse and Livingood also met with Dr. Sanjay Zodpey of the Public Health Foundation of India.  Efforts are underway to develop an MOU between JPHCOPH and the PHFI, a national organization, to facilitate similar collaborative efforts, specifically to support the training of public health faculty and workforce development in the US and India.

Pictured from left to right: Dr. Quazi Syed Zahiruddin, Professor at DMIMS, Dr. Lynn Woodhouse, Professor JPHCOPH, Dr. Ved Prakask Mishra, Pro Chancellor of DMIMS, Dr. William Livingood, Clinical Professor JPHCOPH and Dr. A. M. Gaidhane, Professor DMIMS.

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