Dear All: I need to ask a favor. You’ve been great about sending us your news but I’m afraid we haven’t been good about sending you ours. And now we need your help. Basically, we need help getting the word out to potential sponsors, USAID missions, parents, and potential students. They all need to hear that IHD is up and running. From to time we still hear rumors from students and others that New Orleans is still underwater or somehow not livable. We don’t know where they are getting these ideas. We’ve been in the building and fully operational since 3 months after the storm. Our students have been on campus now for 15 months. We haven’t skipped a beat in our research and teaching. The areas of town where students study, work, live and play are up and running – even lively than ever. But somehow we haven’t been able to get that message out. Please pass the word to anyone you can that Tulane is open for business. I don’t mean this to sound like we’re hurting for students; we’re doing ok in that department BUT we’re having difficulty attracting some of the sponsored students. And you all know how enriching they are to our program. Some of you were part of that mix when you were here. So, talk to your friends and colleagues in the USAID missions, talk to prospective students, and tell them we are eager and ready to give them the best MPH program imaginable. Tell them too, that there is a strategic advantage to being at Tulane SPHTM at this time. The city and state are rebuilding the PH structure and it’s a great time to be a part of that rebuilding. We can use all the intellectual capital and ideas we can get. Just a reminder that if you who have never registered with the Tulane on line alumni registration system to go to http://www.sph.tulane.edu/alumni/alumni_info.htm and enter your info. Keep sending your updates and stories to me at email@example.com. Best wishes to all, Penny Now here are the updates for March 15, 2007. Talal Bakfalouni, 1999-2000 HHH fellow firstname.lastname@example.org Talal was married in 2003. After that he received a master degree in International Healthcare Management, Economics and Policy from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. As of 2005, he was appointed as deputy chairman of State Planning Commission for international cooperation affairs (this is equivalent to a deputy minister position) in Syria. Eric Bullington, MPH email@example.com Eric is combining his two lovers, public health and languages. He’s currently working as a freelance translator, specializing in medical, pharmaceutical, and public health translations. To find out more go to: www.clinicaltranslations.com Abdul Jabbar A. I. Hasan, 1991-92 HHH fellow JHassan1@health.gov.bh Abdul sent us news that as of two years ago he was named Deputy Chief of Nursing Services at the Psychiatric Hospital of Bahrain. He is working on the restructure of the nursing organization of the 210 bed hospital and 26 bed alcohol and drug rehab unit. Bahrain celebrated Mental Health Day 2006 in October. It was an excellent day to highlight the needs of psychiatric patients with all levels of health care provider. He will continue to work on the improvement of health services through training and preparing the efficient manpower and developing effective programs keeping in mind the community participation. Penny Jessop, MPH firstname.lastname@example.org Penny was promoted to Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of International Health and Development. She continues to teach the opening PH course in the undergraduate PH program. She is also the lead faculty and PI on the Global Health Fellows Program. If you’d like more information on that program, check out the website: www.sph.tulane.edu/IHD/research- centers/global%20health%20fellows%20index.htm Adnan Kisa, PhD email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Over the holidays we heard from that Adnan is now the Associate Dean and Professor at Baskent University, School of Health Sciences, Department of Healthcare Administration, in Turkey. Congratulations! Meskele Lera, MPH email@example.com News from Ethiopia: Meskele is taking on the role of Deputy Director General, Federal HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Office, Addis Ababa. Congratulations. Great to see how our alumni are making their contributions to this fight. Michael Manske, MPH 2005 firstname.lastname@example.org Michael is carrying out a Mickey Leland fellowship, sponsored by the congressional Hunger Center. To find out more go to www.hungercenter.org Wayne M. Mikula, DVM, MPH, ScD email@example.com Last year Wayne founded, and is executive director of, The RainTree Initiative (RTI), a corporate non-profit that identifies promising young scholars in developing countries interested in studying environmental health, engineering, policy and law at the graduate level to become tomorrow's global environmental leaders. They are in the fund raising and development phase of the program. The first contingent of students is expected to be enrolled in January 2008. Wayne said, “My MPH track within INHL was "International Environmental Health Management and Policy." It was that experience that motivated me to create The RainTree Initiative. The time I spent relating to and studying alongside people from Africa, Asia and the Americas inspired me to undertake my doctoral research in Nicaragua, providing the basis for my recent decisions and the formation of RTI. I still keep in contact with several people I met while a member of INHL. I consider that time in my life experience formative for what the rest of my life is to be about.” Sujata Ishwar Naik, MPH firstname.lastname@example.org Sujata worked in Haiti as Monitoring and Evaluation administrator for a USAID maternal health grant. She was also a research associate for maternal health research in Haiti through the OB/GYN department of the University of Michigan. Ngone Abes Niang, MPH email@example.com Ngone sends greetings to all. She worked in Botswana as a United Nations Volunteer (2001-2002), and as a Consultant in Senegal. She is now the mother of a 2 year old baby boy. Since 2005, she has been a Technical adviser at the General Secretary of the Office of the President in Dakar (Senegal). She’d love to hear from old friends. Stephen Rahaim, MPH firstname.lastname@example.org Stephen is working for PATH in the DC office helping them build some internal structure and systems, to catch up with the massive program growth they have experienced, as well as managing most of their major program bids. Chandra Rudyanto, MPH email@example.com In January 2007, Chanda has had a hectic life as he and his country are dealing with the agenda on Avian Influenza control. Jakarta is suffering from AI outbreaks. The victims and casualties are growing. In order to cope with the AI outbreak, his office, the Center for Health Promotion has formed a Rapid Response Team with a focus on the Health Promotion efforts. Megan Wysong-Harris, MPH firstname.lastname@example.org Megan recently returned from Kenya where she had been serving as a University of Michigan Population Fellow at the PATH/Kenya country office. She is now working on a Viceral Leishmaniasis Access Program in India as part of a Phase IV clinical trial. Faculty news Jack Ling, MA, professor emeritus email@example.com Professor Ling is still very active in international public health. He has almost completed a book on social mobilization in Chinese and continues a rigorous travel schedule for IDD and the UN. Professor Ling sent us news on Tulanians now working in UNICEF: Maurice Apted, Chief of Communication Cluster in Ethiopia; Haritiana Rakotomamonjy, Health Officer in Cambodia; Mobido Kassoghe, Chief of Health and Nutrition in Togo; Robert Carr who was in Emergency in HQ and now in the field. He also sent us news of Dr. Guo Yan of Peking University, MPH Tulane, one of the Hewlett Scholars, and a 1994 SOCMOB graduate. Dr. Yan is now a member of WHO's high-level Commission for Social Determinants for Health. Dr. Ma Xiao, another SOCMOB participant, is Dean of School of Public Health, Sichuan University, Chengdu. The current WHO Regional Director for Southeast Asia, Dr. Samlee Plianbangchang of Thailand, is also a Tulane graduate. He is among the most senior Tulane graduates in international health today.