Children’s Place International
Global Fellows

Partnering with Midwest Universities, Teaching Hospitals and Nonprofits

Children’s Place International Global Fellows is a multidisciplinary group of individuals affiliated with Midwest-area universities, teaching hospitals and nonprofits. With significant experience in their respective fields, the Fellows provide expertise on a pro bono basis to Children’s Place International field partners in Africa and the Caribbean. Typically, Fellows are engaged on specific projects that may require several trips to the field lasting one-to-two weeks per visit over two or more years. The program is led by a steering committee of Senior Global Fellows, appointed by the Board of Children’s Place International, that has long-term experience in a variety of fields. Steering Committee Members:

Global Fellows

  • Chair: Gary Harper, PhD, MPH
    Child Psychologist, Professor, Health Behavior & Health Education, University of Michigan; Children’s Place International Board Member
    Areas of focus: child and adolescent development, LGBT, HIV/AIDS
    Geographic work experience: Kenya, Botswana, Mozambique, Haiti, U.S.
  • Vice-chair: Julia Roberts, Deputy Director, Latin America and the Caribbean, Population Services International
    Children’s Place International Board Member
    Areas of focus: HIV/AIDS, Social Marketing, Sexual and Reproductive Health
    Geographic work experience: Central America, Caribbean, Dominican Republic, Haiti
  • Senior Global Fellow: Margaret A. Scotellaro, MD
    Assistant Professor, Rush University Medical Center; Consulting Medical Director, Children’s Place Association
    Areas of focus: pediatrics, child abuse prevention and detection.
    Geographic work Experience: Haiti, U.S.
  • Senior Global Fellow: Joan Sherman, Strategic Philanthropy
    Advisor, Strategic Philanthropies
    Areas of focus: gender, girls in development
    Geographic Work Experience: India, Kenya, Haiti, U.S.
Guyana Village Care Points

Interested in becoming a Children’s Place International Global Fellow?

We are seeking individuals with significant skills and experience working with children and families. Global Fellow candidates should also have some experience in developing countries. We work with physicians, psychologists, nutritionists, nurses, social workers and other specialists. Their fields include maternal and child health, early childhood development, pediatric infectious and non-communicable diseases, adolescent development, mental health, family systems and girls/young women in development.

Please submit your CV to info@childrensplaceinternational.org with “Global Fellows” in the subject line if interested in becoming a Global Fellow.

Global Fellows Projects

Mozambique HIV Disclosure Project
2015-present

At the request of the United States Agency for International Development and in collaboration with AMODEFA, a Mozambican NGO and the American International Health Alliance PEPFAR funded Twinning program, Children’s Place International is leading the development of an exciting program to provide HIV/AIDS disclosure counseling trainings to frontline health and social workers.  The goal of the initiative is to support parents and caregivers to help children and adolescents living with HIV understand their status so that they continue to take medications and develop resiliency to overcome the many challenges of HIV/AIDS. The program is supported by , Dr. Gary Harper, PhD, University of Michigan, Children’s Place International Board Member, Global Fellow Dr. Diana Lemos, PhD, Stroger Hospital, and Global Fellow Laura Jadwin Cakmak, MPH, University of Michigan.

Zambia Pediatric and Adolescent Consultation
2016-present

At the request of United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) office in Zambia, Children’s Place International is working with the Zambia Defense Force and Livingstone Central Hospital healthcare workers to strengthen their capacity to provide HIV services to Zambia adolescents. The program is supported by Dr. Gary Harper, PhD, University of Michigan, Children’s Place International Board Member, Global Fellow Dr. Diana Lemos, PhD, Stronger Hospital and Global Fellow Laura Jadwin Cakmak, MPH, University of Michigan.

Global Fellows

Haiti Psychosocial Training
2015-2017

In collaboration with Partners in Health Haiti and with funding from Takeda Pharmaceuticals Access to Health initiative, Children’s Place International provided in-depth training on psychosocial and case management techniques for children and families in Haiti. The program was supported by Vicki Hadaway, MSW, Former Director of Programs, Children’s Place Association and Dr. Gary Harper, PhD, University of Michigan, Children’s Place International Board Member.

Global Fellows

Botswana Adolescent Development Project
2010-2015

At the request of the United States Agency for International Development Botswana and in collaboration with American International Health Alliance PEPFAR Funded Twinning Center, Children’s Place International partnered with the Marang Child Care Network Trust (MCCNT) of Botswana to increase capacity to provide services to orphans and vulnerable children. Children’s Place International worked with MCCNT to develop a curriculum and train over 80 organizations supporting more than 10,000 orphans and vulnerable children on psychosocial support. Children’s Place has also trained 20 organizations on resource mobilization. The program was supported by Gary Harper, PhD, MPH, University of Michigan, Children’s Place International Board Member, and the late Kimberly Harris, PhD, Positive Outcomes.

Guyana Roundtable

Guyana Family Support and HIV Disclosure Training Program
2009-2010

Children’s Place International partnered with the Guyana Ministry of Health to provide training on providing care and support in the context of a family-strengthening model, HIV/AIDS disclosure and support group formation to 15 organizations including the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security and NGOs. Programming included customized technical assistance, training, and follow-up visits to 40 individuals working with the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security and several NGOs. The program was supported by the late Kimberly Harris, PhD, Positive Outcomes.