The Public Health Leadership and Implementation Academy for NCDs (PH-LEADER) is a collaboration between Emory University, the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico (INSP), and the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI). This consortium was established through a grant (D43 TW009135) from the Fogarty International Center of the United States National Institutes of Health to provide career development opportunities in the areas of implementation science and health systems strengthening.
Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia (www.sph.emory.edu). Atlanta is often referred to as the “Public Health Capital of the World” and additionally is home to the headquarters of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as numerous international, state and regional health agencies and non-governmental organizations. The Emory University Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH) comprises six academic departments: behavioral sciences and health education, biostatistics, environmental and occupational health, epidemiology, health policy and management, global health, and hosts over 20 interdisciplinary centers. The RSPH is situated adjacent to the CDC headquarters, which contributes a significant number of the school’s adjunct faculty and provides tremendous opportunities for the exchange of expertise and ideas. Additionally, local academic institutions such as Georgia State University and Georgia Institute of Technology collaborate with Emory University and draw on each other’s’ faculty and research initiatives to develop innovative and multidisciplinary health interventions at the local, national and international levels.
Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública (INSP), Cuernavaca, (ww.insp.mx), is the leading research and public health education institution in Mexico, and is the only public health school in Mexico that is accredited by the Association of Schools of Public Health to award academic degrees. In 20 years, INSP has trained the largest critical mass of public health researchers in Latin America and the Caribbean and is currently one of the largest in the developing world. INSP offers more than 20 postgraduate academic programs, in keeping with its mission to generate and transmit knowledge in the interdisciplinary fields of public health to improve health conditions in diverse groups in Mexico.
Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), New Delhi, (www.phfi.org) is an independent foundation established in 2006, charged with establishing interlinked state-level institutions of public health learning and expertise, the Indian Institutes of Public Health (IIPH), designed to contribute towards the creation of a public health workforce. Together, the PHFI and the IIPH will work to address the shortfall of public health professionals. To date, PHFI has attracted over 250 faculty members and researchers to engage in active academics, research, training, program and policy initiatives, many of whom serve as adjunct faculty for the four IIPH it has launched: IIPH-Hyderabad and IIPH-Gandhinagar in 2007, IIPH-Delhi (2008) and IIPH-Bhubaneswar (2010). The IIPH are hubs of teaching, research, and public health practice, each according to the particular health priorities of its region, and work closely with the state government to provide technical support, generate evidence for planning and participate in programs to augment public health capacity.