Downs, Jennifer : Small Grant, 2013-2014


Jennifer Downs (Weill Cornell Medical College)

Weill Cornell Medical College
Weill Cornell Medical College
Project Title: 
Women in Global Health Initiative Symposium Fall 2014
Project Abstract: 
This project will assemble female leaders from Cornell University, Weill Cornell Medical College and our major international collaborating sites (e.g. Brazil, Haiti, India, and Tanzania) to develop recommendations for ways that our institutions can support the growth and retention of female leadership in global health research. A recent poll at Cornell University found that 85% of undergraduate and 70% of graduate students interested in global health were women. That proportion, however, decreases at each step in the global health career ladder. Women hold fewer than 25% of leadership roles in global health at the top 50 US medical schools. In many resource-poor countries, women are scarce in every level of the global health career hierarchy. Gender-based obstacles, which uniquely hinder women’s opportunities to pursue careers in global health, are responsible for much of this attrition. This project will help to create a network of women in global health research at Cornell University, Weill Cornell Medical College, and our partner international institutions for future collaboration and mentorship. Our vision is to make Cornell a leader in supporting women in global health research at all of our affiliated domestic and international sites, and thus to serve as a model of excellence for other institutions seeking to promote women in global health.