The First JHU-Clinton Fellows Head Off to Change the World

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Mr. Gates isn’t the only Bill investing in the future of public health; a certain former president has gotten into the act, and he’s joining forces with Johns Hopkins to find solution-oriented approaches to expand access to care and treatment for HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis.

Former president Bill Clinton founded the Clinton Health Access Initiative back in 2002, but this year is the first that CHAI has offered fellowships to Johns Hopkins undergrads and grad students, in part because the university has a well-regarded School of Public Health and an undergraduate major in the discipline.

The inaugural fellows, Lauren Brown and Emily Chien, will set out on a semester-long placement at one of CHAI’s overseas sites. Lauren Brown, who’ll be working in Lesotho, got her bachelor’s in public health last week, while Chien (who’ll be posted in Uganda) has a few more degrees under her belt:  a master’s from Bloomberg, an MBA from Hopkins’ Carey Business School, and an undergrad degree in biology from UCLA. Both women will be working with programs that are implementing a new technology that is supposed to measure HIV patients’ CD4 counts without having to send blood samples to (distant, costly) labs. If this new technology works as expected, people in rural areas will gain access to more nuanced treatment, thus reducing mortality.



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