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February 27, 2013

Students Earn Funding for Innovative Policy Projects

These selected graduate students will lead projects in locations from Wisconsin to Kenya.


The Bloomberg School’s Office of Public Health Practice and Training recently chose four graduate students for the 2012-2013 Lipitz Public Health Policy Fund Awards. The prestigious awards provide financial resources for projects that aim to advance public health policy around the world by engaging governments, communities and other partners.

This year’s winning projects (below) focus on several recent public health “hot topics” like community supported agriculture (CSAs), using cell phones to send vaccination reminders, vaccine access as it relates to policy and developing field guides for urban slum health programs.

Christie Balch, Part-Time MPH Candidate

Evaluation of a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Rebate Program in Wisconsin

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Dustin Gibson, PhD Candidate, Global Disease Control and Epidemiology

Randomized Controlled Trial of the Impact of Mobile Phone Delivered Reminders and Travel Subsidies to Improve Childhood Immunization Coverage Rates and Timeliness in Western Kenya

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Lucy Marcil, MPH/MD Candidate

Preparation of a Field Guide for Establishing Community Partnerships, Mapping and Census Taking in Slum Communities by the BRAC Manoshi Project in Urban Bangladesh

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Brian Wahl, MPH Candidate

Factors Affecting Policy Decisions Around the Introduction of Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine and Rotavirus Vaccine in National Immunization Programs

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To learn more about this year's winning projects, please visit the Office of Public Health Practice and Training's Lipitz Awards page.

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