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Public health students are finalists in global health challenge

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How far will you go … to make a difference?

An inter-professional team of USF Health students have their eyes on the prize—“to work alongside Timmy Global Health (TGH) in Ecuador, Guatemala or the Dominican Republic to help provide high quality health services to underserved populations.”

 

The enterprising group of includes students and alumni from USF’s College of Public Health and Morsani College of Medicine: (l,r) Gent Bitincka, global communicable diseases graduate student and fourth year MCOM student; Shawn Alderman, epidemiology graduate student; Anousha Hakim, global communicable diseases graduate student; and, Rosanna E. Ianiro, MD, MPH, CPH, DTM&H, global communicable diseases alumna.

The enterprising group of includes students and alumni from USF’s College of Public Health and Morsani College of Medicine: (l,r) Shawn Alderman, epidemiology graduate student; Rosanna E. Ianiro, MD, MPH, CPH, DTM&H, global communicable diseases alumna; Anousha Hakim, global communicable diseases graduate student; and, Gent Bitincka, global communicable diseases graduate student and fourth year MCOM student.

The only team representing USF and Florida, Stampede of Health entered the “Med Plus Advantage Global Health Challenge.” The first hurdle was a 500 word essay contest which they easily cleared. The second hurdle is producing a video on what the greatest global health challenge is in today’s society.

As one of ten finalists, Team Stampede of Health has three weeks to earn as many votes as possible. Unlike most elections in Florida, supporters can vote early, late, and as often as once a day. Public voting is now open so don’t delay.

 

“By winning this contest, we hope to bring honor and recognition to USF Health and also expand upon our current training and experience in the field,” said Anousha Hakim, founder of USF’s Timmy Global Health chapter.

The nationwide contest is sponsored by AMA Insurance Agency, Inc. According to contest promoters, the “winning team will collaborate directly with Timmy Global Health as they serve those too often underserved. They’ll learn about the problems Timmy patients face. They’ll analyze and think through strategies to solve those challenges. And alongside Timmy, they will act.”

Act is what these Bulls do best.

“All four team members have experience working with the underprivileged of Tampa and also around the world,” Rosanna E. Ianiro said.

“We acknowledge the importance of poverty and how it can impact the health and well-being of families. Often times, there is a lack of information about the particular needs of communities in remote regions of the developing world. In working alongside Timmy Global Health and Med Plus Advantage, we expect to gain perspective into the health concerns these communities face, as well as implementing a strategy to reduce disease burden and improve quality of life.”

Visit http://www.medplusadvantageghc.com/stampede-of-health-video/, to read the team essay, personal bios, and more.

Most importantly, VOTE NOW for Team Stampede of Health and Go Bulls!

-General Statement-

 Established in 1984 as the first school of public health in the State of Florida, the USF College of Public Health is a recognized leader in community health, online education, maternal and child health, social marketing, and global infectious disease research. Fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health, the college offers 25 concentrations that lead to MHA, MPH, MSPH, DrPH, and PhD degrees, as well as a BSPH, several dual degrees, graduate certificates, and online programs. To learn more about the college committed to passionately solve problems and create conditions that allow every person the universal right to health and well-being, visit www.publichealth.usf.edu.

Story and photo by Natalie D. Preston, USF College of Public Health

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