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September 12, 2005

Two Bloomberg School of Public Health Students Receive Fulbright Awards

Two doctoral students from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health received Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program awards. Award recipients are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

Anne Palaia, a PhD candidate in the Department of International Health, plans to study infant feeding decisions among mothers infected with HIV in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She will complete both qualitative and quantitative data collections, as well as administer a survey to pregnant women who are infected with HIV. She will also develop focus group discussions and interviews with women and men in the community and infant-feeding counselors working at several locations in Addis.

Joshua Paul Garoon, MPH, is also a PhD-candidate in the Department of International Health. He’ll be investigating the impact of financial status, labor type and gender on health care decision-making and health outcomes among households in the oil-field region of southern Chad. “The Chad-Cameroon Petroleum Development and Pipeline Project has been billed as a new model for public-private partnerships in development and my research will take an ethnographic approach to exploring how the anticipated avenues of such development will affect those living in or near the Project area,” he said.

The Fulbright Program is America’s flagship international educational exchange program. Sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program has enabled the exchanged of over a quarter of a million people—98,400 Americans who have studied, taught or researched abroad, and 162,600 students, scholars and teachers from other countries who have engaged in similar activities in the United States. The program operates in over 150 countries.

The 2006 application deadline is September 26, 2005. For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit Student Funding Resources, or contact Cassie Klein, campus Fulbright Program advisor, at or 410-955-3257.

Public Affairs media contacts for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: Tim Parsons or Kenna Lowe at 410-955-6878 or