Gates Foundation funds global health effort

ATLANTA — With the help of a five-year, $20 million grant, Emory University is partnering with Finland’s National Public Health Institute to foster cooperation among international public health groups.

The grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will allow the two institutions to assist the International Association of National Public Health Institutes in strengthening and linking member groups.

The project aims to increase collaboration between various institutes and build an international community of public health leadership.

The association was formed in 2006 through a one-year planning grant from the Gates Foundation and is led by Jeffrey Koplan, vice president for academic health affairs and director of the new Global Health Institute at Emory.

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