Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program
The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program was initiated in 1978 by President Jimmy Carter to honor the late senator and vice president, a long-time advocate of international cooperation and understanding.
President Carter saw the program as a means to support the development of both public- and private-sector professionals who were committed to public service in their countries. The program brings accomplished mid-career professionals from designated developing countries of Africa, East Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, the Near East, South and Central Asia, and the Western Hemisphere to the United States for one year of non-degree graduate study and practical professional experience.
Applicants apply through the U.S. Embassy in their country, where first-level screenings are conducted. Selection is highly competitive. Fellows are nominated by the United States Embassy or Fulbright Commission based on their potential for leadership and commitment to public service. Final selection is made in the United States by expert panels of review. Awards are made by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
Each year, approximately 200 Fellows funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State engage in non-degree study and related professional experiences at selected American universities. Started in 1978, the program now has a network of over 5,200 alumni in 159 countries around the world working to improve their communities and the lives of those in need. This year, 167 Fellows from 90 countries are assigned based on their professional fields to 15 U.S. host universities.
Fellows at Emory University focus on epidemiology, health education, and public health policy and administration. Fellows at other campuses are professionals in fields that include economics and finance, public policy, agricultural and rural development, technology policy and management, journalism, communications, urban and regional planning, substance abuse, law and human rights, education, natural resources, environmental policy, and climate change.
The Humphrey Program at the Rollins School of Public Health began with a class of 11 Fellows in the fall of 1993. To date, the School and the Hubert Department of Global Health have hosted 222 Fellows from 96 different countries. Emory continues the special HIV/AIDS concentration program that was initiated in 2004. Fellows participate in special programs, seminars, and site visits on HIV/AIDS. This fall, 13 new Fellows arrived at Emory in August to pursue individualized curricula in all aspects of public health to learn more about American society and culture as well as to educate Americans about their societies and cultures.
Read more about the Humphrey Program in this 2018 program infographic.
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2019-2020 Humphrey Fellows
Paphawin Anusaksathien is a Thai-Board Certified Endodontist from Bangkok. She completed her residency-training program in Endodontics and a Bachelor’s degree in doctor of dental surgery from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.
In 2004, Paphawin started working in a community hospital in a rural area, because it was lacking dental services. She experienced many problems in the community, especially dental care in childhood. She also volunteered to treat those who have disabilities and prison inmates who do not have an opportunity to access proper dental care. After a long period of working in community hospitals, in 2013, she was ready to move on to a new challenge. She reached a decision to work under the Metropolitan Electricity Authority hospital. It is a state enterprise hospital under the Ministry of Interior. She determined to focus on formulating policy of oral health in Thailand.
During the Humphrey program, Paphawin hopes to gain knowledge on public health policy formulation and implementation. Paphawin hopes to expand her work to lead in preventative, early detection screening and palliative care. She also plans to enhance the preventive dental treatment to strengthen policy advocacy on initiatives on creating an enabling environment for a healthy lifestyle to control dental disease.
Imdad Baloch works in the field of primary healthcare – malnutrition, in Balochistan, Pakistan. He received his Master’s in Social Work from the University of Balochistan. He has been working on different programs on primary healthcare, nutrition services provision programs, human development programs and life-saving interventions from drought, floods and earthquakes, with WHO, UN-WFP, John Snow Inc. (USAID Projects), and other prominent local humanitarian organizations. Mr. Baloch is one of the founding members of a non-profit organization called Health & Nutrition Society Balochistan and also the Civil Society Balochistan, which engages with civil rights and social justice in the Balochistan region of Pakistan. Mr. Baloch was an active member of Baloch Student Organization (BSO) during his student life. He bears sound knowledge on local issues and has vision for possible solutions for them. Recently, he was working with the government’s program which is financially and technically supported by the World Bank naming, “Balochistan Nutrition Program” as District Nutrition Officer. The major components of the program are addressing general malnutrition, micronutrient deficiency, and behavior change communication focusing health education. Mr. Baloch intends to contribute to Pakistan’s public health and malnutrition-related services and policies.
Dr. Rabia Baloch is a medical doctor and holds a MBBS degree from the University of Balochistan, Pakistan. In 2012, she began her career as Medical Doctor in Me`decins Sans Frontie`res (MSF), a Netherlands' humanitarian-aid non-governmental organization in Quetta, Pakistan.
In 2015, Dr. Baloch started working as the Lady Medical Officer in the Gastroenterology Section of Bolan Medical Complex Hospital, Health Department Government of Balochistan – Quetta. She also works as a facilitator with the Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH) Program. This program, government run and supported by UNICEF, provides essential care to women during pregnancy and birth, and to both mother and child in the first post-partum weeks.
In 2007, Dr. Baloch participated in several training programs on Pregnancy Childbirth Post-Partum and Newborn Care (PCPNC) organized by Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Program (MNCH) Balochistan at Public Health School Quetta.
Rabia has a great passion for healthcare and also knows that “serious measures need to be taken to control HIV/AIDS” in her home province. She shares that, “in Balochistan, the male and female ratio of HIV is almost same, but due to the social stigma and tribal system, female HIV patients do not come forward for proper treatment or with any questions.” A second critical issue that Rabia shares is “when HIV positive patients become pregnant, they do not have any knowledge about breastfeeding, immunization to newborn, or self-prevention.” She hopes to develop more professional skills and academic knowledge to better address these challenges in her country.
During her Humphrey year, Dr. Baloch wishes to exchange professional knowledge and experiences within the Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH) and beyond.
Nehemias Calel is from Guatemala. He completed his Bachelors of Arts in Medicine in 2000, being the first doctor in his community; then he concluded his residency in Pediatrics in 2006. Nehemias earned a Master’s in Sciences with a specialty in Health Systems in Mexico in 2012, sponsored by The Ford Foundation.
Prior to the Humphrey Fellowship Program, for almost one year and a half Nehemias worked as an Assistant Director at the Guatemalan Social Security Institute, where he was in charge of the analysis of the health information which is generated throughout the country, specifically from 123 health care units. He also had the responsibility of communicating with directors, doctors, and workers in order to improve the quality of information, but more importantly, for making evidence-based decisions which would help the population to recover and strengthen their health conditions. He also actively participated in the Social Security Council of Central America and the Dominican Republic, analyzing the progress of the region and contributing possible strategies that might be applied to improve the attention of citizens of several countries, taking into account the social phenomena of migration, violence, and poverty, among others. He also worked as a pediatrician for ten years, in the Guatemalan Social Security Institute as well as in Health State Units.
As a Humphrey fellow at Emory University, Nehemias will be strengthening his knowledge in Health Policy and Management, mainly because his country has to deal with so many public health issues that still need to be solved. He would like to become a professional who has the ability to identify, prioritize, and address health problems with a global and strategic vision, using mostly the precautionary approach.
Dr. William Okyere-Frempong is a Ghanaian medic, media host, motivational coach, and minister of the gospel. He is the founding Medical Superintendent of the Nungua LEKMA Polyclinic; a public health facility in a populous suburb of the capital city. Here, he combines his clinical practice with managerial responsibilities as he leads a 215-member team of clinical, preventive, and supportive services staff to provide quality and accessible healthcare.
Yet above and beyond being a leading doctor, he is also the Country CEO of The HuD Group – an international leadership and mentoring organization. As lead coach, he frequently offers training to emerging leaders and established professionals in schools, social groups, churches, and companies. Dr. William also hosts a weekly health and lifestyle show on a local radio station.
He has been honored several times, including being named among the top ten most influential emerging leaders by the Kharis magazine in 2012; a 2014 recipient of Nobles International Award from the West Africa Nobles Forum; ranked as 19th most influential young Ghanaian under 40 years by Avance Media in 2016; judged the Spirited Advocate Clinician at HELEH Africa Awards in 2018; and profiled among top 100 speakers in Ghana by The Speakers Bureau Africa in 2019.
As a Humphrey fellow, Dr. William desires to hone his competencies in health economics, policy development, program monitoring and evaluation, partnership development, leadership, and health systems strengthening. In the short term, he hopes to translate the experience into a viable intervention to dent the rising scourge of morbidity and mortality from non-communicable diseases in Ghana.
William holds an MBChB in Medicine & Surgery, is currently pursuing a masters in organizational leadership & governance, and aspires to be a global leadership expert and public health consultant.
Dr. Admore Jokwiro is a medical doctor from Zimbabwe. He completed his MD in 2010 and has also recently completed a Master’s in eHealth Management with the Rome Business School. He has nearly 10 years experience working in the public health sector. His experience cuts across HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, non-communicable disease (NCDs), Malaria, and newborn and maternal health. Currently, Dr. Jokwiro is the District Medical Officer for Nyanga in Manicaland Province, a position in which he administers health services (preventive and curative) for the district. He is an advocate for Universal Health Coverage. In 2015, he piloted the first synchronous telemedicine consultation service in Zimbabwe at Nyatate Clinic. This service has now been expanded to five other clinics in the district. He then formed the Zimbabwe Telemedicine Network, an organisation which is actively pursuing the development of eHealth solutions to solve challenges within the health sector in Zimbabwe. The solutions make use of telemedicine and artificial intelligence. Some of the solutions developed by the network include mobile applications such as District Pharmacy Manager (an app to report medicine stock status); Malaria Commcare (for classification of malaria by community health workers); and the recently launched MyCpdZw platform, a mobile application which provides continuing medical education and clinical decision support tools to all health workers in Zimbabwe.
As a Humphrey fellow, Dr. Jokwiro is looking forward to strengthening his knowledge in health informatics. Specifically, the design, deployment, and management of technology solutions in public health care settings. For his professional development and affiliations, he will focus on Applied Public Health Informatics as well as case studies on use of emerging technologies such as AI, machine learning and virtual reality in healthcare as well as policy implications. In the future, Dr. Jokwiro would want to work to implement technology systems in the healthcare systems in Africa, to improve efficiencies and access.
Yong-Jun Lee is a senior policy advisor for the Ministry of Health and Welfare, South Korea. He led the enactment of a new amendment for the Basic Welfare Act and participated in the multinational negotiation to materialize the core articles of the Nagoya Protocol.
Yong-Jun has worked for Procter and Gamble, Canada as a financial analyst. He led a bulk sales negotiation with a new domestic distributor, initiated the project to semi-automate the monthly book alignments, and initiated an intervention plan to strategically adjusting prices of personal cleansing products.
Yong-Jun worked for Lighthaus Logic, Vancouver, Canada, as a research analyst. He built the model to forecast the customer traffic in the Footlocker flagship store in New York City. He also contributed to enhancing the accuracy of the AI algorithm of the face recognition software.
Yong-Jun has worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, South Korea, for ten years. He successfully funded the tri-national art project by the name of Art Canal; coordinated the Prime Ministers’ Meeting between Norway and South Korea; secured an observer status for South Korea in the Arctic Council; and organized the international rescue mission for lost crews of South Korean research base in Antarctica.
Yong-Jun received his Bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Engineering, and his Master’s degrees in English Literature, International Relations, and Business Administration. He is also a Certified Financial Analyst.
Masego Gilbert-Lephodisa is a Global Health specialist from Botswana. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery in 2008 from the University of West Indies, and went on to obtain a Postgraduate Diploma in HIV/AIDS Management in 2013, and a Master’s of Science in Global Health in 2017 from University of Manchester.
Masego has more than 10 years working in HIV/AIDS on PEPFAR funded projects to increase access to treatment and care for marginalized groups who are faced with stigma and discrimination. From 2011 to 2015, she worked with Botswana Red Cross Society as Project Director for Anti-Retroviral Treatment (ART) services and established an antiretroviral clinic in the Dukwi refugee camp in Botswana that provided ARVs to refugees and asylum seekers and prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV. From 2016 to date, she has been working for FHI360 as Senior Technical Advisor to ensure that services are available for HIV prevention, care, and treatment for key populations in Botswana. Through the LINKAGES project, Masego established clinical centers that provided key population friendly clinics in six districts in Botswana, and set up drop in centers for providing HIV care services to men who have sex with other men and female sex workers with their civil society organizations. For her work with key populations, she was a finalist for two FHI360 IMPACT awards in 2017 on Technical and Leadership Excellence and Outstanding performance.
As a Humphrey fellow on Health Policy and Management at Emory University, Masego hopes to acquire knowledge and skills to sensitize communities, government and international development partners on health inequalities suffered by marginalized communities and barriers to access to healthcare. To also advocate for evidence-based policies that are inclusive and equitable to end AIDS and realize the dream of an HIV free generation.
Dr. Mapouka Mexan is a medical doctor from Central African Republic. When he finished his secondary school, Dr. Mexan decided to become a medical doctor to help other people due to the lack of health professionals in his country. He also decided to become a medical doctor in the memory of his mother, who died due to the lack of a doctor where she went to give birth.
Dr. Mexan began completed his education to become medical doctor at the University of Bangui in 2017. Three years before he graduated, Dr. Mexan began working as a physician in the Community Hospital of Bangui in the Department of Internal Medicine where he observed an increased case of patients infected by HIV/AIDS due to the lack of education, human resources, infrastructures and material resources to help these patients. Dr. Mexan then decided to focus on both the clinical and public health aspects to resolve the problem by working with Belgium’s Doctors Without Borders in 2016. His new job was focused on prevention, education, and giving the free treatment including nutritional and psychological support to people living with HIV/AIDS.
Beginning in 2017, Dr. Mexan worked for two years with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the department of Orthopedic and Traumatology surgery in the same hospital. His country is still facing many challenges including armed conflict, so he worked with other colleagues to treat, protect and assist people affected by armed conflict especially victims wounded by weapons.
Dr. Mexan is seeking resources to help the next generation of his country by promoting health, building infrastructure, and facilitating access to health care.
Sana Saleem is a Public Health Program Manager in the public health department in Ministry of Health, Maldives. She was awarded a WHO Fellowship for her Master of Science in Public Health Entomology in Pondicherry University, India.
Sana developed skills working in different fields of public health department in Maldives. She joined the department in 2008 and worked in surveillance of communicable diseases until her first degree in Genetics, Biochemistry and Biotechnology. Working in laboratories was a dream until getting to work with communities and realizing the impact of public health interventions.
She values her work as a Program Manager for Emergency Humanitarian Action in implementing the activities by performing a full range of administrative, coordination, monitoring, and supervisory tasks. The work included emergency preparedness and response plans, emergency drills in hospitals and other health related areas in collaboration with government institutions, WHO, Maldivian Red Crescent, and other UN agencies. Furthermore, localizing pre and post risk assessment tools for emergencies and coordinating workshops and trainings like first responder trainings with assistance of the US embassy and WHO.
Sana has been leading the work of public health entomology and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) since 2017, focusing more on Aedes borne/arboviral diseases like Dengue and Chikungunya. The program involves control efforts, trainings, developing national policies, strategies and guidelines mainly targeted at Aedes borne diseases and other neglected tropical diseases like leprosy. She has facilitated in conferences and workshops relevant to her area of work and is one of the co-authors of Economic analysis of dengue prevention and case management in the Maldives.
During her program year, Sana hopes to learn and develop skills to improve public health efforts in Maldives.
Lisa Saleh’s most recent title was an Information, Education, Communication (IE) and Health Promotion Officer with Doctors Without Borders. Previous titles vary from teacher, project coordinator, UN-online volunteer, all the way to a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Administration. All of those titles have molded her interest in finding more ways to merge more than one field in her future work and studies.
“It is all about you, yet it is not all about you”, was a phrase by a professor from Lisa’s pervious exchange program, “Student Leader,” in the U.S in 2013. That phrase indicates the importance of people and interest integration even in achieving individual goals. Additionally, it shows how crucial civic engagement, recourse allocation, and human resource mobilization is in achieving any personal, national, or international goal. From that moment on, the need for sector merging was showcased as a pressing need.
Working in the HIV/AIDS field in a medical organization has made it clear that medical care for patient is not enough to provide sufficient care or to eliminate a medical issue, as there are many contributive factors if a medical program should work. One of those ways is normalizing medical related education. This is the main reason why Lisa is in the Humphrey fellowship. Each aspect of the Humphrey fellowship, either the academic or the professional affiliation, will aid in crystalizing the integration approach between health and the business administration sectors mainly in developing countries such as her own.
The goal is to create a project that the community sees as their own, so it can be sustained, maintained, and developed. Lisa’s main goal is building a project that integrates both the business and health fields – specifically HIV prevention and education – a project that is maintained by those who are the beneficiaries rather than the creators.
Dr. Subhashini Subramaniam is a medical doctor and a health researcher who leads the Unit for Collaboration and Innovation, Division for Policy and Research Management at the National Institutes of Health in Malaysia. Subhashini graduated with a medical degree from Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Belgaum, India and a Master’s degree in Health Research from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Previously, she served at the National Clinical Research Centre, where she worked on clinical trials and conducted research on public health impact. Working on the ground as a clinician gave Subhashini “a picture of the struggles and challenges at ground level” and inspired her to bridge the gap between health policy decisions and the clinical evaluation of implementing health policies in daily clinical practice. When her interest shifted to evidence-informed health policy, Subhashini was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship at McMaster University, Canada, allowing her to study “Strengthening Health Systems through evidence-informed policies.”
During the Humphrey Fellowship, Subhashini plans to strengthen her knowledge and enhance her skills in policy briefs where it can contribute towards the evidence synthesis of effective health policy-making in Malaysia. Subhashini envisages the transformation of the health system in Malaysia to be empowered by evidence-informed policies through knowledge translation and training of more young minds in this field.
Emma (Mao) Yan is a registered nurse from China. She received her Master’s degree of Nursing (MSN) from Sichuan University. She now works as a clinical nurse at the Affiliated Hospital of Southwest Medical University.
Emma was born and raised in a small village which is located in the rural area of southwest China. The medical resources of this area are very limited. Her mother died due to severe diabetes complications, which could not be detected and treated properly from the beginning. These memories and experiences greatly affected Emma, so she determined to help people seeking medical support and maintaining their health especially, people from undeveloped areas. Emma chose nursing as her lifetime career.
Emma works at the Infectious Diseases department of the hospital, which is one of the most important AIDS prevention, treatment, and control centers in the Southwest Region of China. Her daily responsibilities include nursing management, clinical work, nursing researches, and nursing teaching. Because the number of people living with HIV (PLWH) has witnessed a significant climb in the region, Emma and her colleagues make efforts on improving HIV/AIDS patients' compliance and self-management abilities; decreasing mortality rates and incidences of complications; and preventing further transmission of HIV among the population.
Emma actively work with communities. She volunteers in HIV/AIDS education activities every year, visiting university campuses and communities to share knowledge booklets and condoms. As a member of Sichuan Infectious Diseases Nurses Union, she participates in the annual academic conference held by the Union to learn more about the “HIV/AIDS epidemic and the advancement in nursing.”
As a Humphrey fellow at Emory University, Emma wants to enhance her skills in leadership and health services.