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UM SPH Formalizes Collaboration with Public Health Foundation of India.

November 19, 2012, U-M SPH release

On October 18, University of Michigan School of Public Health Dean Martin Philbert and Dr. K. Srinath Reddy, president of the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), signed a memorandum of understanding that serves as a basis for research collaboration, joint publication, and training exchanges between the two institutions. In one of their first collaborative projects, associate professor Dr. Matthew Boulton is leading a project funded by the Trehan Foundation in partnership with PHFI to evaluate WHO's Reaching Every District (RED) strategy to improve vaccination coverage in children, particularly those hard to reach children living in urban slums or in rural areas. 

"With this signed memorandum of understanding, we now have a framework for research collaborations and a training exchange," explains Dean Philbert. 

A Michigan faculty delegation led by Dean Philbert and Dr. Boulton, discussed development of joint educational offerings, increased research collaborations, and opportunities for an active scholar exchange. 

Plans are already underway for the first India exchange scholars.  The scholars are expected to arrive in Ann Arbor in 2013 for training rotations that will last for several months.  It's anticipated the first cohort of School of Public Health students will be sent to PHFI for summer internships next year.  

A follow up trip to India is being planned for later in 2013, when a faculty delegation led by Dean Philbert and Dr. Boulton will explore additional collaborations.

"India is facing tremendous public health challenges and our school has an opportunity to contribute  significantly to improvements in the health of India, working through our collaboration with the Foundation" notes Boulton.  I'm confident that our mutual interests will quickly result in meaningful research, training, and educational collaborations."

The University of Michigan School of Public Health has been promoting health and preventing disease since 1941, and is ranked among the top five public health schools in the nation. Whether making new discoveries in the lab or researching and educating in the field, our faculty, students, and alumni are deployed around the globe to promote and protect our health.

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