March 2018
Foreword from the Executive Director: Expand the Global One System and Make the Planet a Better Place for Everyone!
Our interconnected world is facing numerous dynamic and important changes including urbanization, migration, threats of peace and security, deforestation, climate change, food insecurity, water crises, spread of diseases, social and economic issues (Global Risk Forum, 2016). 

These risks provide opportunities for universities to make a global impact and to position themselves as a reputable global "implementing partners." Unive rsities face critical challenges of building students' capacity while enabling them with global competency to help them understand complex dynamics of global issues, be prepared for a successful career and remain engaged to become citizens of the world.  The planet needs a large cadre o f future professionals in wide varieties of disciplines, both in the developed a nd developing regions, to address such issues effectively. 

Using its Global One Health model, Ohio State is forging ahead to contribute its share. To that goal, it inaugurated its African regional office last November. With the great need in the region, the office now staffs more than 20 talented and multi-disciplinary professionals. Together with the Ohio State faculty, students, staff and strategic international partner institutes in Latin America, Africa and Asia, the team is making critical grass-root contributions, some of which are reported in this edition. GOHi also realizes the greater need of expanding this system to other priority disciplines beyond health, such as climate, engineering, business, agriculture and others in respective strategic partner regions of the world such as Brazil, China, India and beyond.

Together, let's make the planet a better place for generations to come. GOHi invites you all to be partners, collaborators, donors and leaders. Please visit us at

Wondwossen A. Gebreyes, DVM, PhD, DACVPM
Executive Director and Professor
O-HEART PhD Fellowship Opportunity Application Deadline is March 8
GOHi's One Health East Africa Research and Training (O-HEART) Program aims to strengthen and sustain the international research training program shared between Ohio State and institutes of higher learning in eastern Africa. The specific mission of the program is to train the future researchers and trainers using an integrated multidisciplinary "One Health" approach.
The targets of the program are four eastern African academic institutes (University of Gondar and Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, University of Nairobi, Kenya and Sokoine University, Tanzania). There is the potential also for students to be affiliated with the research institutes: 
Kenya Medical Research Institute or Ethiopian Public Health Institute. 

The deadline to apply for this opportunity is March 8 and the fellowship will begin on April 15, 2018 and end in 2022. For more information visit our website. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by March 23 for an interview.
Landers' Fulbright Work Continues in Eastern Africa
As a recent Fulbright Award recipient from The Ohio State University's College of Nursing, Associate Professor Timothy Landers, PhD (second from right), has been living in Ethiopia with his family since September 2017. Landers' work focuses on supporting capacity building initiatives surrounding infection prevention control and enhancing evidence-based practice outcomes in several regions throughout Ethiopia including Gondar and Haramaya. 

The primary focus of Landers' initial work has been to support the newly established nursing PhD program and continue to develop GOHi's links with Ethiopia addressing antimicrobial resistance and infection prevention. He has been working with a cohort of six students in one of Ethiopia's first doctoral programs in nursing. In addition to teaching, he has been working with clinicians and in the laboratory in support of the infection prevention program. Landers is also working with a group of hospitals in Nairobi, Kenya developing a three-week evidence-based infection prevention and control course to be delivered in April.
Stevenson with Ohio State Pharmacy Students in Gondar
Kurt Stevenson, MD, from The Ohio State University's Colleges of Medicine and Public Health (pictured on far right) was in Ethiopia for several weeks in January with two Ohio State College of Pharmacy students, Lynn Wardlow and Megan Shah. Dr. Stevenson's work in Ethiopia spans several years and includes significant collaboration with colleagues at the University of Gondar in Northern Ethiopia. 

During their trip, they worked closely with the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at the University of Gondar to provide technical assistance with their operations and interventions. They presented lectures on infectious diseases and were also able to share how they treat infections here at Ohio State during patient rounds, while also learning about University of Gondar's treatments.
WHIP3 TB Clinical Trial Continues to Successfully Build Momentum
As part of the capacity building mission of GOHi, a two-day workshop was held in Hawassa, Ethiopia that focused on Good Clinical Practice and clinical trial procedures for 15 members of the WHIP3 TB (Tuberculosis prevention study) team. 

WHIP3 TB team members, Dr. Getnet Yimer, Dr. Achenf Kidane, Dr. Hagos Biluts and Mr. Haileleul Bisrat visited the Aurum South Africa TB Clinical Trial site and attended a workshop on participant retention and data management updates.
GOHi's Program and Outreach Manager Marks Progress on Projects in Addis Ababa
Ashley Bersani, GOHi's program and outreach manager, met with key partners in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), USAID, and the Center for Innovative Drug Development and Therapeutic Trials for Africa (CDT-Africa) from February 13-22. Bersani discussed major strategic priorities for the upcoming funding cycles and also addressed best practices for financial management with regional partners in Gondar, Ethiopia.
As ongoing regional activities such as the CDC Global Health Security (GHS) project approach their midpoints, Bersani and the GOHi team look forward to highlighting tangible outcomes in the areas of zoonotic disease detection/prevention and addressing antimicrobial resistance. The overarching goal is to enhance sustainability of these initiatives beyond the project's completion date.
"That's what we're really aiming for within the CDC GHS framework," said Bersani. "To help to develop the capacity within Ethiopian institutions to protect and enhance public health and promote global health security as an international priority." Year three of the five year CDC GHS cooperative agreement with Ohio State begins April 1.
Bersani's trip also included promotion and planning for the upcoming seventh annual One Health Summer Institute in Addis Ababa and Gondar, Ethiopia and Nairobi, Kenya.
Get to Know GOHi: Tigist Endashaw
Tigist's focus area since 2010 has been program and project management as well as capacity development. Before joining GOHi in 2016, she worked with the International Livestock Research Institute in the capacity development unit, and then in the director general representative's office where she provided research assistance, strategic planning and capacity development. Although her current position with GOHi in 2016, Tigist first started working with Ohio State in 2012 when she supported the inaugural One Health Summer Institute in Addis Ababa.
"It has always been my passion to work in initiatives that endeavor to make a difference in peoples' lives," she said, "All of our projects aim to do this, so it's been an inspiration to work at GOHi."
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New Opportunities for Methodology Professional Development
The Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology's Research Methodology Center is offering two two-day workshops this spring on SEM and HLM. Registration is now open. Please visit their  website  for more information and to register!
  • Intro to Latent Variable Modeling with Confirmatory Factor Analysis (CFA) and General Structural Models
    • Find out how Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) can improve the quality and publish-ability of your research! This workshop will explain two common types of structural equation modeling: CFA and general structural models (hypothesis-testing models with latent variables). Conceptual and statistical understanding will be emphasized in a non-technical presentation and then a guided application using Mplus. The workshop is targeted towards students, faculty and researchers with at least intermediate statistical knowledge and skills, such as multiple regression. This workshop will take place at Ohio State on March 23 and 24, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. in 145 and 110 PAES. Please register online.
  • Analysis Methods for Clustered and Hierarchical Data: SPSS, HLM and R
    • This two-day workshop will introduce fundamental concepts and practical applications of modeling methods for clustered or hierarchically-structured data, including cluster-robust inference and methods for hierarchical linear or multilevel models. Emphasis will be on working with continuous outcomes, and examples will be demonstrated through a variety of software including SPSS, HLM and R. Familiarity with ordinary least-squares regression and/or analysis of variance models is sufficient background for this introductory workshop. Examples will be drawn from diverse fields including education and health. This workshop will take place at Ohio State on April 20 and 21, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. in 143 and 110 PAES. Registration is required.
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