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New Grant Opportunities from the Gates Foundation and its Partners - Deadline May 13, 2015

The Gates foundation and its Grand Challenges partners are now accepting applications for the following grant programs, for more information please visit the grant opportunities page at

Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative to encourage innovative and unconventional global health and development solutions, is now accepting grant proposals for its latest application round.  Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for profit companies.

  • Proposals are being accepted online until May 13, 2015 on the following topics:
  • Addressing Newborn and Infant Gut Health Through Bacteriophage-Mediated Microbiome Engineering
  • Explore New Ways to Measure Delivery and Use of Digital Financial Services Data
  • Surveillance Tools, Diagnostics and an Artificial Diet to Support New Approaches to Vector Control
  • New Approaches for Addressing Outdoor/Residual Malaria Transmission
  • Reducing Pneumonia Fatalities Through Innovations that Improve Pneumonia Diagnosis & Referral of Malnourished Children
  • Enable Merchant Acceptance of Mobile Money Payments

Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million. Full descriptions of the new topics and application instructions are available at


Call for Article Submissions: Family & Community Health, Issue on Immigrant Health ** deadline for submissions one month away, April 1, 2015**

The movement of persons between national boundaries has profound consequences for the health of the migrants, as well as others in the communities of origin, transit, and destination. We are seeking manuscripts on the health status, health care, and determinants of health for immigrants to the U.S. and other countries. Empirical analyses are preferred, although insightful theoretical and systematic literature reviews will be accepted. Submissions should be made before April 1, 2015. Please see the instructions for authors at (direct the submission to Volume 39, Issue 1).

Family & Community Health (FCH) is an inter-professional journal that provides a forum to discuss family and community health care, health promotion, and maintenance, innovations, and evidence based approaches in health care. A particular emphasis is given to how individuals, groups, and populations can effectively promote and maintain health. Some of the quarterly issues of FCH focus on a specific topic while others are open to a more general discussion of creative, innovative approaches. Issues contain articles from health care educators, researchers, and practitioners. Each issue is suitable for use as a text or supplement in educational programs such as nursing, social work, health education, medicine, nutrition, and public health.

Family & Community Health is indexed in the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL); Current contents/social and behavioral sciences; research alert; social scisearch; Family Studies Database; Health Promotion and Education Database; Cancer Prevention and Control Database; Nursing Abstracts; Psychological Abstracts; PsychINFO; PsysLIT; Journals@ovid; Sociological Abstracts; Social Planning/Policy and Development Abstracts; MEDLINE; MEDLARS; and Index Medicus.

Issue editors for the immigrant health topic are Michael Rodriguez, MD, MPH, Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Family Medicine, UCLA Geffen School of Medicine, and Steven P. Wallace, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Community Health Sciences & UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health



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About Global Health Programs

Global Health Programs coordinates global activities of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and supports the international aspects of our research, educational, and service programs. Our activities include: (i) placement of Penn medical students in global health experiences and hosting of international medical students at Penn; (ii) recruitment of postdoctoral fellows who come from international institutions; (iii) facilitation of international research initiatives and sponsored programs undertaken by faculty of the Perelman School of Medicine; (iv) coordination of global activities with other schools of the University, and the Office of the Provost; (v) provision of information for faculty, students, and administration; and (vi) representation of the School of Medicine in interactions with international institutions.