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CCNMTL and Oxford University Awarded $300K Grant by the Mellon Foundation for Development of Simulation to Train Public Health Professionals in Refugee Aid

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Mar 27, 2002. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded CCNMTL (with the Program on Forced Migration and Public Health, Columbia University) and the Refugee Studies Centre (with the Technology Assisted Lifelong Learning Group, University of Oxford) a major grant to develop simulations that will train workers in humanitarian emergencies. The pilot program, launching fall 2002, will be used by Professor Ronald Waldman at the School of Public Health, Columbia University.

Responding the growing needs for effective humanitarian aid around the world, Columbia and Oxford Universities are developing this project for use in the field by public health professionals, international relations professionals, and other NGO volunteers, as well as in the classroom by students of public health. The initial research will evaluate different simulation models and technical solutions, the results of which CCNMTL and Oxford will share with the wider community. Later iterations will address increasingly complex issues facing humanitarian workers as the research and development team evaluates the use of the pilot project and discovers appropriate courses that might be enriched by simulation components.

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