Kayan Clarke, a doctoral candidate in environmental health at the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions’ department of environmental and global health, has been awarded a Global Health Equity Scholar Fellowship to conduct air quality research in Jamaica.
Clarke’s 12-month postdoctoral fellowship is awarded by Yale University through the Global Health Equity Scholars program, which is comprised of four member schools that grant fellowships to U.S. trainees in order to conduct global health research in low- and middle-income countries. Funding is provided by the Fogarty International Center and several collaborating institutes and centers at the National Institutes of Health.
As part of the mentored research training program, Clarke will conduct independent research in her home country of Jamaica, where she will set up air monitors at select hospitals and track the number of severe acute respiratory illness cases. The research will be the first of its kind to be conducted in the country and will augment literature on this subject in the Caribbean region.