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Ignite, based at the Global Research Institute and in collaboration with the Department of Health Sciences, is a multidisciplinary research lab that examines the allocation of global public health resources within the context of effectiveness, efficiency, and equity.

Ignite’s analytic work aims to address three important gaps in global health resource allocation:

  • The need to focus prevention efforts where they will have the greatest impact on population level outcomes.
  • The need to engage more explicitly with the resource allocation decision-making process at the community level.
  • The effective integration of research into actionable evidence-based global public health interventions.

Changing the morbidity or the mortality within a population is a messy, non-linear process, in which there are limited global public health resources. There is an urgent need to target these resources to the areas that need them the most. Ignite forms partnerships between decision makers, communities, students, and faculty to catalyze the use of data to make informed resource allocation decisions. One discipline cannot answer these difficult questions. Therefore, Ignite draws on literature and methods from a variety of disciplines including public health, economics, geography, political science, sociology, and anthropology. Our students work within a framework to build actionable knowledge, skills, and abilities that then translate into high quality and useable evidence.

Current Ignite Projects:

Exploring the Divide Between Attitude and Practice in Solid Waste Management in a Marginalized Community in the Dominican Republic

The goal of this research is to elucidate the connection between cultural attitudes and trash disposal practices, using a marginalized community in the Dominican Republic as a case study. This work will demonstrate the necessity for culturally competent environmental interventions in Latin American countries. Furthermore, collective capacity as a force for change will be explored, with health (especially of the community’s youth) serving as the impetus.

Improving the immunization rates for children under-5 at the Community Health Partners MCH clinics in Kenya

The purpose of this research is to examine facility level vaccination rates and identify factors associated with timely vaccination. This research will examine which factors appear to drive immunizations at Community Health Partner clinics. This includes examining which children have defaulted, the characteristics of children and caregivers that complete required immunizations and clinic policies and procedures that relate to immunization rates.

Project Leader

Professor Carrie Dolan

Focus Areas

Global Public Health, Community Based Research, Development Effectiveness


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Student Opportunities

Ignite recruits students at the start of each semester based on specific project needs. Please feel free to get in contact with [[cbdolan,Professor Dolan]] if you are interested in hearing about current opportunities. 


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