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2019 Marks 10 Years of Partnership through UNC-IntraHealth Summer Fellows Program

Photo courtesy of IntraHealth International.

Nursing grad student Ebahi Ikharo presents data from her fellowship work with hospital nurses in Namibia, where she traveled to learn more about the quality of obstetric and maternity services they provide. Photo by Carol Bales for IntraHealth International.

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As the UNC-IntraHealth Summer Fellows Program turned ten this year, it expanded to include, for the first time, graduate students studying not only public health, but also nursing and political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC).

Last month, the three 2019 fellows graduated from the program after ten weeks of working side-by-side with global health professionals at IntraHealth International. They analyzed data on family planning in Burkina Faso, created a tool to help health officials in Namibia quickly assess the quality of nursing care at their health facilities, and conducted a literature review of sexual harassment in the health workplace.

Thirty-seven fellows have now completed the program. Each year, they work directly with IntraHealth’s experts, data, and programs around the world. Some of their past projects have focused on:

  • digital health
  • HIV
  • gender
  • family planning
  • health systems strengthening
  • health communications
  • monitoring and evaluation
  • respectful maternity care
  • health workforce data
  • noncommunicable diseases

The 2019 fellows celebrate with IntraHealth staff. From left: Anna Williams, Rebecca Kohler (chief strategy officer), Cassie Rice, Ebahi Ikharo, and Emily Kiser (strategy and development officer). Photo by Casey Bishopp for IntraHealth International.

All graduate students enrolled at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health are eligible to apply to this highly competitive program. Applications become available each year in the fall.

Meet the 2019 UNC-IntraHealth Summer Fellows:

Ebahi Ikharo

Ebahi Ikharo

Ebahi Ikharo is a doctoral student at the UNC School of Nursing and a Hillman Scholar in Nursing Innovation. During her fellowship at IntraHealth, Ikharo worked with Pamela McQuide. She traveled to Namibia to collect data from hospitals in and around Windhoek for a baseline assessment of the quality of obstetric and maternity services nurses there are providing. As part of the assessment, Ikharo created a new tool to help health officials in Namibia quickly assess whether their facilities are up to standards for maternity care.

Cassie Rice

Cassie Rice

Cassie Rice is a master’s student studying political science in UNC’s College of Arts & Sciences. Working with Candy Newman at IntraHealth, Rice conducted a literature review of sexual harassment in the workplace. Over the course of her fellowship, she explored the shifting global response to sexual harassment and the factors that contribute to it, including inequality and sex segregation, structural vulnerabilities in the workplace, and gaslighting and retaliation.

Anna Williams

Anna Williams

Anna Williams is a master’s student at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health in the Department of Maternal and Child Health, where she focuses on sexual and reproductive health. Williams worked with Schatzi McCarthy to develop a case study using data about contraception use in Burkina Faso. Over the course of her fellowship, Williams explored the factors that predetermine or influence women and religious couples in this West African country—where modern contraceptive prevalence is generally low—to continuously use modern contraceptive methods.

Learn more about the UNC-IntraHealth Summer Fellows Program.