Professor of Public Health Inducted into Harvard Global Clinical Scholars Research Training Program
Dr. Thenral Mangadu, Associate Professor of Public Health, has been inducted into Harvard University Medical School’s 2020 Global Clinical Scholars Research Training Program (GSCSRT) cohort. The GCSRT Program is a competitive post-graduate medical education program which draws scholars from across the globe for a year-long training experience that includes lectures, webinars and interactive workshop activities based in one of three locations – Boston, London or Shanghai – designed to strengthen attendees’ education, and management and leadership skills with respect to their global clinical research agenda.
Mangadu, who has already begun her training at Boston as one of the 120 scholars selected into the program from about 40 countries worldwide, is the co-director of the College of Health Sciences’ Global Alliance for Healthier Populations. Through this initiative, Mangadu collaborates with not for profit agencies in Africa as well as locally in El Paso, TX. The collaborative uses a model based on Mangadu’s work in El Paso that uses community engaged, evidence-based interventions for addressing HIV and Substance Use Disorder related disparities and enhancing treatment outcomes. The model also looks at the role of several social determinants of health (household income, poor nutrition and social and cultural factors) that shape HIV related health disparities.
In addition to her role as co-director of the Global Alliance for Healthier Populations and PI for the Mujer Saludable program, Mangadu serves as a mentor to many health promotion and public health students. She is also an active participant in the college’s Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) Program, in which UTEP students travel to South America for eight-week summer internships at host sites conducting research in health disparities. Mangadu has also shared her expertise with community-based and government agencies across the globe. Last summer, Mangadu visited the Dr. Rafael Estevez Hospital in Panama’s Cocle Province, to conduct a seminar for hospital administrators and public health officials including law enforcement on how to establish multidisciplinary collaborations to address health disparities related to communicable and non-communicable diseases.