The FHS Young Researcher programme brought together three grantees for a workshop in Baltimore during January: Tianyang Liu from the China National Health Development Research Center, Francis Nzakimuena from the University of Kinshasa School of Public Health in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Md. Shahnawaz from Institute of Health Management Research in India. All three are working on projects that incorporate aspects of mHealth. The fourth grantee is Jackline Sitienei from Moi University in Kenya.
The workshop was an opportunity for grantees to receive support from JHSPH faculty members to refine their proposal questions, prepare workplans and protocols, and plan for ethics review. Grantees were pushed to think through the details and needs of their projects, and consider what would be needed to produce substantive and meaningful work that could contribute to their field, their context, and the broader efforts of FHS.
At the workshop’s conclusion, grantees established a plan for action for taking their projects forward, including a timeline and list of deliverables. Grantees reported feeling challenged in their thinking and broadened their perspectives around research, especially around mHealth.
Grantees were supported by JHSPH faculty in the Health System Program of International Health, including Sara Bennett, Dustin Gibson, Amnesty Lefevre and Daniela Rodriguez. JHSPH faculty will continue to provide support as the projects are implemented and dissemination activities are planned, both in-country and within the FHS consortium.