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Name: Interdisciplinary Health Network
Street 1: 13807 Pickford Knolls Drive
Street 2:
City: Houston
Province: Texas
Post Code: 77041
Country: United States of America
Phone: +44 07501 593174
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Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Ms
First Name: Ye jin
Last Name: Kang
Title: Executive Director, Founder
Phone: +44 07501 593174

Alternate Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Ms
First Name: Lucy
Last Name: Zhu
Title: Director of Management

General Information

Board Constituency: Developed Country NGO
Is your organization legally registered in your country: No
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Organization Type - Primary: Non-Governmental Organization
Organization Type - Secondary: Other Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
Organization Description:
The Interdisciplinary Health Network (IHN) was founded on the core belief that an integrated approach across disciplines to combating disease is needed. IHN’s mission is to create a training program that addresses this need and to develop a network across different academic disciplines.

Our training model will consist of an online training program where we help Fellows develop a holistic interdisciplinary framework to disease. We will select Fellows, who are about to embark on summer health internships. During the training period, the Fellows will take on challenging and pressing debates in the discourse surrounding disease while receiving mentorship from the world’s leading professionals in disease control and prevention. We expect many of our Fellows to come from our partner organizations that will include non-profit organizations, research agencies, and policy think tanks, in diverse geographic locations. While working with our partner organizations, participants will be asked to contribute in weekly discussions about their internship experiences. Near the end of their internships, they will also be requested to present their experiences at Presentation Days(s), during which they will present their reflections to the other Fellows. All participants will be asked to contribute a reflection piece to the Journal of IHN and also complete a survey about their experiences.

IHN will start by addressing tuberculosis (TB). IHN is applying its disease-centered model to TB first because TB poses a significant problem in the current century. TB has affected generations of lives without regard to geographic or political borders, still takes the lives of over a million despite the existence of medications, and poses an emerging threat due to the evolution of drug-resistant strains. Despite the WHO having declared TB as a global emergency in 1993, in 2011 alone, TB claimed the lives of 1.4 million individuals.

IHN will engage the current generation to think about tackling TB in the manner necessary to address i
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Specializations / Areas of Work

Research and Development

Other Organization Information

Total number of staff in your organization: 1 - 5
Number of full-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 1 - 5
Number of part-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 0
Number of volunteers who are directly involved with TB: 0
How did you hear about the Stop TB Partnership: Attendance at a TB related event
If you were informed or referred by another partner of the Stop TB Partnership please tell us who:
Why do you wish join the Stop TB Partnership: Network with other partners
Are you a member of a Stop TB national partnership: No
Are you in contact with your national TB programme: No
Please tell us how your organization is contributing to your country's national TB control plan:
We are contributing to our country's national TB control plan in the following ways:

1) TB is a complex disease and often has a social as well as a biological dimension. The IHN seek to bring all of the different perspectives and disciplines together in creating a comprehensive, holistic plan to eliminate TB.

2) By encouraging students to address tuberculosis and global health issues in general with an interdisciplinary approach, they will be equipped with the tools and skills necessary to tackle this disease in a constantly changing world.

3) The network of Fellows who, upon completion of the IHN Learning Institute, can rely on each other for collaborative support as they become future leaders in global health. These groups of Fellows will also be the advocates for innovative approaches and ideas to addressing TB.

This statement from Dr. Mario Raviglione of the Stop TB Department, shows how our model can effectively contribute to TB care and control.

"Interdisciplinary Health Network has the great potential to help build the momentum needed to realize a TB-free world by engaging young scholars to think about TB in a critical manner and to embark on a career that will contribute to TB care and control. It is very innovative in its focus on creating a network of future leaders from different academic backgrounds, encouraging them to think about TB holistically. The World Health Organization welcomes Interdisciplinary Health Network among its partners in the global fight against TB."


Geographical Reach

Which country is your headquarters located in: United States of America
Which countries do you do operate in:
(This includes countries you are conducting activities in)
United States of America


Please tell us how your organization will contribute to the Global Plan to Stop TB by briefly describing its involvement in any of the areas of work listed below:

The IHN's Summer Learning Institute focuses on five areas; one of which is Operational Research. We seek to teach students about the basics of operational research and evidence-based community/social interventions. The following topics will be covered:

• Basic Principles of Operational Research
• Examples of Operational Research
• Relevance of Research to Policy
• Evidence-Based Social Interventions


Declaration of interests:
No conflicts of interest were delacred.

Application date: February 24, 2013
Last updated: August 16, 2014