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Global Health Education Expands
Tulane University is expanding its global health education offerings thanks to a $400,000 grant from the Fogarty International Center. The university was awarded the grant so it could initiate a new, multidisciplinary curriculum called the Tulane Framework for Global Health Program.

Students in the program will explore global health issues across several academic disciplines including liberal arts, medicine, public health, science, engineering and social work. Participants also will complete an overseas internship with a global health focus.

The grant will allow Tulane to create a global health office based in New Orleans. The office will manage the activities of the program, the most notable of which is a three-day immersion workshop in Lima, Peru.

Tulane officials expect to begin the program next fall, and the funds will be provided over three years. Pierre Buekens, dean of the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, has been named the program's director.

More Help for the Traumatized
LSU Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) has been awarded a four-year, $1.6 million grant to expand the offerings of its Louisiana Rural Trauma Services Center to victims affected by Hurricane Katrina in St. Bernard, Paquemines and Orleans parishes.

The Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued the grant, and the money will enable LSUHSC to continue screening local school children for trauma and provide counseling for youngsters ages 3 to 18 who still suffer affects of the levee failures in 2005.

The trauma services center has screened approximately 11,000 students in fourth through 12th grades in Orleans, St. Bernard and Plaquemines parish schools since November 2005. In 2006 and 2007, 46 percent of students in these areas met criteria for mental health services

Under the grant, LSUHSC will prepare local schools for future storms and traumatic events by providing hurricane preparedness training to personnel and parents. The grant also provides for families of military personnel to receive additional counseling.

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