2017 Fellows

  1. Lee Lemus Hufstedler: Lee Lemus Hufstedler is a Chicano future family physician in the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program who is passionate about ending health disparities. Lee want to create change for marginalized populations – including LGBTQ communities, Latinos, and immigrants – through community organizing, advocacy, and research on social and structural determinants of health.
    1. Research proposal: While clear health disparities exist among both transgender populations and homeless youth, and transgender individuals are over-represented within homeless youth populations, little research has explored the health of transgender homeless youth. A better understanding of the specific concerns of this population, and of the social and structural factors that lead to their health outcomes, could identify modifiable targets for health and wellbeing interventions. This qualitative, grounded theory study will model how the lived experience of being young, transgender, and homeless in the San Francisco Bay Area translates into poor health outcomes, in addition to cultivating mechanisms for survival and resilience.
  2. Anoop Jain: Anoop is the founding director of Sanitation and Health Rights in India (SHRI), a non-profit that combats open defecation in rural India. He is also a doctoral student at UC Berkeley, where he is researching the social determinants of open defecation.
    1. Research proposal: The proposed research will examine what, if any, benefit adolescent girls who live in rural India, and who are married before the age of 18, gain from interacting with a community health worker using a new mobile health application. These adolescent girls are susceptible to a variety of health complications, particularly if they are nursing infants. It is important to understand which interventions help improve their health outcomes, as well as the outcomes of their children to prevent morbidity and mortality. Thus it is critically important to understand whether or not this mobile app can serve this purpose.

  3. Kelly Johnson: Kelly Johnson is a third-year DrPH student. She has 15 years of experience working with public health programs that serve marginalized populations, both internationally and domestically. She currently works with Project AFFRIM, a mixed-methods transgender identity development study. Her research interests include adolescent health, HIV prevention, qualitative methods, transgender health, stigma, and resilience.
    1. Research proposal: This study will explore minority stressors and psychosocial resources among trans*, genderqueer and non-binary adolescents between the ages 16-20 who live in the Bay Area. The study will employ innovative qualitative visual methods, including “lifeline” narratives and photo elicitation, to explore participant experiences of stigma and discrimination, as well as the factors that they identify as protective against stigma and discrimination, such as social support, community resources and safe spaces. A better understanding of the lived experiences of trans*, genderqueer and non-binary adolescents and the processes that promote resilience will facilitate the development of urgently needed mental health interventions for this population.

2017 Call for Proposals

As a part of Innovations for Youth’s and Center for Global Public Health’s missions to support experiential learning for UC Berkeley graduate students interested in adolescent health and wellbeing, a graduate student fellowship opportunity has been established. Fellowships in the amount of $2,500-$5,000 will be awarded to two to three qualified students selected via a competitive evaluation to support study-related travel and activities for 2-3 months in the summer of 2017 (exceptions considered for projects with longer timelines or timelines outside of the summer).

The fellowship project must be focused on adolescent (ages: 10-24 years) health and wellbeing in a low-resource domestic or international setting. Sites may include long-term field study sites of UC Berkeley faculty members or community based organizations unaffiliated with UC Berkeley. The student’s primary supervisor can be a field supervisor or community based organization member, but each student must also have a faculty referral form filled out by a UC Berkeley faculty member. I4Y and CGPH welcomes student proposals with a focus on adolescent health and wellbeing from any discipline. Proposals for 2017 fellowships are due February 1, 2017. Decisions will be made by March 1, 2017.

Eligibility

  • Students should be graduate-level master’s or doctoral students at UC Berkeley in any school. MPH students may use this opportunity to fulfill their MPH field study requirement. PhD and DrPH students may use this fellowship for their dissertation.
  • Post-master or post-doctoral level applicants are also eligible.

Application Requirements

Applicants will be required to develop a fellowship plan with the guidance of a primary supervisor from the proposed site. To apply, please email application materials with the subject heading “CGPH/I4Y Fellowship Application” to cgph@berkeley.edu by February 1, 2017 at 5pm. Applications should include the following materials:

  • 2-page Proposal which includes:

    • Significance of problem to adolescent health and wellbeing with relevant background information
    • Specific aims and/or hypothesis
    • Methods
      • On-site collaborators
      • Study design, including sample size and how this was calculated (if applicable)
      • Methods, including description of proposed data collection and analysis
      • Strengths and limitations of proposed methods
      • Potential problems and solutions/alternative strategies
    • Anticipated Results/Conclusions
  • Personal motivation
    • How you are prepared for this experience
    • How this fellowship will help you advance your long-term public health goals
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Proposed budget (airfare, living expenses, immunizations, incidentals, etc. — please include information regarding other funding which may cover your costs).
  • Completed Faculty Referral Form from a UC Berkeley faculty member. If the student will be primarily supervised by an external field advisor or a member of a community-based organization, we will need a letter of support from that supervisor as well. Faculty referral form can be accessed here.

Additional Notes

Student commitments required for the award:

  • Attend at pre-departure workshop (TBD – March/April 2017)
  • Risk Assessment Plan finalized and signed by both student and faculty mentor before departure
  • For students traveling abroad: Registration with UC Travel and documentation of all needed immunizations
  • Copy of CITI training and IRB for human subjects research (or letter if exempt)
  • A 2-3 page final report on the experience in the form of a short report/brief
  • Summary of research that can be displayed on CGPH and I4Y websites, including photos, due October 15, 2017
  • Research presentation at CGPH Fellowship Symposium in Fall 2017 (TBD – September/October)

Evaluation

Students will be judged by a committee of UC Berkeley I4Y faculty and staff based on:

  • Scientific merit
  • Adolescent public health relevance and significance
  • Feasibility of the project according to timeline (two to three months for summer project)

Past Fellows

  1. Carolyn Kraus: Carolyn is a mixed heritage Anishinaabekwe (Sault Ste. Marie Ojibwe) who moved to California in 2003 to attend Mills College, where she studied Ethnic Studies. Carolyn is a student in the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program. She plans to work as a primary care physician and clinical researcher with Native American communities.
    1. Research summary: Her research project focused on adolescent participant data from the Gathering of Native Americans (GONA) intervention. The GONA is used to build self-efficacy, prevent suicide as well as substance abuse, and raise cultural awareness in indigenous communities. This study utilized data from the Oakland Native American Health Center and Fresno American Indian Health Project GONAs. This study engaged a mixed-method approach to analyzing the 2012, 2013, and 2014 data in order to answer the primary research question: Among adolescent American Indians, what is the relationship between participation in the Northern California Gathering of Native Americans and resilience? See this article for more about her research.
  2. Juliana Friend (MPhil, University of Cambridge): Juliana is a PhD student in anthropology at UC Berkeley. She has conducted fieldwork in Senegal since 2013, applying her research on media, health, and sexuality to sex-education curriculum development and HIV/AIDS prevention in collaboration with Senegalese state and NGO actors.
    1. Research summary: Her study examined communication barriers between adolescents and elders on matters of sexual health in Kolda, Senegal, a region officially marked by and popularly stigmatized for elevated rates of HIV/AIDS, underage marriage, and teen pregnancy. As international sex-education initiatives advocate changes in parent-child communication around sexual health, this study probed the implications of existing kinship relations and intrafamilial communication norms for the successful adaptation of international sex-education curricula to local contexts. This project had broader import for adolescent health on the continent given the elevated prevalence of HIV/AIDS among Africans under 25.