The University of Virginia Center for Global Health Equity (CGHE) announced awards for two UVA professors working on mental health in Cambodia and disability rights in Kenya. Both projects address key challenges to the health and well-being of individuals around the world and are recipients of the CGHE’s 2022 Richard and Nancy Guerrant Global Health Equity Professors. The award enables expanded opportunities for UVA faculty members of all levels and disciplines to actively engage in global health equity initiatives.
“We were awe-struck by the exceptional quality and diversity of faculty members’ applications who represent engagement across a broad range of disciplines and target global health disparities through incredibly novel approaches,” said Rebecca Dillingham, CGHE director.
The awardees, who will each receive funding in the amount of $10,000 per year for three years, include Amanda Nguyen, Assistant Professor, School of Education and Human Development, “Pilot Evaluation of the Livelihoods Recovery Program for Rural Cambodians with Serious Mental Illness”; and Kathryn Quissell, Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences: “Advancing Equity for Children with Disabilities in Rural Kenya”.
Amanda Nguyen’s proposed project builds on a partnership cultivated over the past five years with a dedicated team of local psychologists working to address serious mental illness in Cambodia. “I’m honored to receive the award, and so excited about the work that we’ll be able to accomplish,” she said adding that over the next three years she will develop and evaluate a Livelihoods Recovery program, which will provide job training, small grants, and psychosocial support to recovering patients. “I’m thrilled to see this long-term collaboration effort coming together in such a promising way that will not only support my Cambodian colleagues to undertake this critical work, but will also provide multiple UVA students with opportunities for cross-cultural learning over the next few years.”