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Mission

The Tufts Center for Global Public Health (CGPH) is dedicated to addressing global health issues through research and subsequent translation of findings into real-world practice. Our mission is to facilitate interdisciplinary research collaborations and capacity-building initiatives in resource-constrained settings that contribute to sustainable improvements in health outcomes and overcome barriers in health information, knowledge, and health literacy in these settings.

Established in 2013, the CGPH aims to provide a platform for faculty and students across Tufts campuses to intersect and drive forward agendas that are of collective interest.

Who We Are

Alice Tang, PhD, ScM
Director
Associate Professor, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine
Email: alice.tang@tufts.edu

Dr. Tang's research focuses on studying the causes and consequences of nutrition and metabolic abnormalities (poor dietary quality, food insecurity, vitamin deficiencies, wasting, obesity, and dyslipidemia) in people living with HIV (PLHIV).  She has initiated or collaborated on research programs in several international settings, including Buenos Aires, Argentina; Hanoi, Vietnam; Windhoek, Namibia; and Chennai, India. Dr. Tang is currently the PI of the Fogarty-funded Tufts-Namibia Training Program in Nutrition and Metabolism in HIV, the goals of which are to build research capacity to advance knowledge in the causes and consequences of nutrition and metabolic abnormalities in people living with HIV in Namibia and the sub-region. In addition, Dr. Tang has collaborated with USAID/PEPFAR and FHI360’s FANTA project on the development of mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) cutoffs for assessing undernutrition in adults worldwide.

Ramnath Subbaraman, MD, MSc
Associate Director
Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine
Attending Physician, Division of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Tufts Medical Center
Email: Ramnath.subbaraman@tufts.edu

Dr. Subbaraman is an internal medicine physician and infectious diseases specialist whose research focuses on strategies to improve the delivery of tuberculosis (TB) care in India, which has the world’s largest TB epidemic. His field research in India focuses on identifying deficiencies across multiple points in the TB cascade of care to facilitate the development of patient-centered interventions. He is currently contributing to an evaluation of novel digital adherence technologies that have the potential to improve medication adherence in TB patients; this work is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He is also investigating approaches for improving the outcomes and yield of active case-finding strategies for early detection of individuals with TB, with the support of a Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award. Since 2012, Dr. Subbaraman has also contributed to research on social and environmental determinants of health in urban slums in India, in collaboration with colleagues at PUKAR, an innovative research collective based in Mumbai. PUKAR’s health-related field research has illuminated the adverse impacts of legal exclusion on health outcomes in non-notified slums in India through studies of nutrition, child immunization, mental health, and water access, among other issues.

Maggie Towne, M.Sc.
Center Administrator
Email: mtowne@tuftsmedicalcenter.org

Maggie holds an MSc in Nutrition for Global Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and has experience in The Gambia and Nepal.  Additionally, Maggie has worked with International Women’s Initiative as the Somalia Site Coordinator with the Safe Birthing Program, working on an initiative to provide clean and safe births through the delivery of safe birth kits and the scaling-up of education of both traditional birth attendants and the local community. She currently volunteers her time as COO of The 1789 Fund, translating and augmenting previous efforts around adequate access, care, and education around pregnancy and childbirth to efforts in rural Nepal. Previous experience includes the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change at Harvard Medical School where she was lead coordinator for the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery.