Information for New Fellows

ARRIVAL INFORMATION

Please plan to arrive in Richmond, Virginia on Tuesday, August 6, 2013. You will be met at Richmond International Airport (RIC) by a VCU staff person who will take you to your housing. Someone will be waiting to meet you in the baggage claim area holding a sign that reads “VCU HUMPHREY PROGRAM.” If you have any problems during your travel to Richmond, please contact Dwight Hedges at 804-828-7819 (office) or (804) 305-9500. 

 If for some reason you will be arriving before August 6, or if you must arrive at some location other than theRichmondairport, please let us know.

Please complete the Arrival Information Form (at the end of this document) and e-mail/fax it to the address/number listed on the form. This will ensure that we are able to pick you up upon your arrival. If for some reason you miss a connection and you will not arrive as scheduled, please call Dwight Hedges at 804-828-7819.

Please bring a sufficient amount of cash to last you the first 10 days of your stay in Richmond. It will take approximately 10 days for your first stipend check to clear the bank so that you can have access to this money.

Finally, a few suggestions about flying in the United States. First, if your luggage is damaged by the airlines, the airline will provide you with a new piece of luggage, repair your luggage, or give you a voucher for you to purchase new luggage. However, you must report it to the airline immediately after your flight. This applies to all types of damage except external wheels. Second, flights within theUnited States do not typically serve food. So, you may want to eat before you board your flight and take something with you to eat during the flight.

FAMILY

We understand that it is very difficult to be away from your family for 10 months or more, and that you may want to bring them with you to Richmond. However, as noted in the IIE Humphrey Fellows guidelines, you must consider this matter very seriously. The allowance provided by the Humphrey Program is not adequate to cover the additional costs for family members such as housing, food, and health insurance. The cost of bringing family members to the United Statesmay add as much as $550 to $650 per month for each family member.

You should also remember that while in theUnited Statesyou will be participating in many activities where your family members will not be able to join you. For example, there will be meetings and conferences in other cities, as well as trips to social and cultural events. In addition, if you choose to do a Professional Affiliation at a site outside of Richmond, there will be no funds to support your family’s travel to and living expenses in this other site. In general, you will be very busy, and the time required to attend to family matters may make it difficult to fully take advantage of the Humphrey Fellowship experience and meet your professional goals. There are, however, two holiday breaks during the academic year when you may wish to have your family visit you. Winter Break will be at the end of the fall semester from December 18, 2013 through January 12, 2014. Spring Break will be in the middle of the spring semester from March 9, 2013 to March 16, 2013. In addition, you will also have a 30-day grace period at the end of the program when you can travel in the United Statesas a tourist.  This would be another time when your families could join you before you return home.

If after considering all of the above, you do decide to bring family members, IIE generally requires that they should not come during the first 30 days. That is, they should not come until at least September 6, 2013. This will give you time to become familiar with VCU and the Richmond community, determine the financial implications of bringing your family, and begin your Fellowship program without having to worry about getting your family settled in at the same time. The one exception to this is if you have children who need to be enrolled in school. If you bring school-age children, we recommend that they arrive early enough to start school at the same time as the other students.

For more information and advice on bringing a family member over to theUnited States, please contact the Humphrey Fellowship Program office at the Institute for International Education, since the DS2019 paperwork for the F2 visa is processed through that office.

ORIENTATION TO VCU AND THE CITY OF RICHMOND

During your first several days at VCU, there will be a variety of activities to help you settle into VCU andRichmondcommunities and prepare for the busy Fellowship year ahead. The orientation is being jointly organized and led by the Global Education Office and the Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies. A preliminary outline of orientation activities is presented below (see Table 1).

Table 1. Humphrey Fellows Orientation Schedule (Draft)

Day 1

 

 

Morning

Introduction to your VCU housing, including use of household appliances, heating and air conditioning, garbage collection,

internet

 

Pamela Haney

Afternoon

Banking Workshop with Wells Fargo, Open bank accounts

Dwight Hedges

Evening

Grocery shopping

Dwight Hedges

Day 2

 

 

Morning

City Bus to MCV

IDAS Orientation                             

  • Welcome and Introduction of Program Staff
  • Fellows’ Introduction            
  • Program Description
  • Role of IDAS and GEO
  • Academic Requirements
  • Program Advisors
  • Description of IDAS
  • Review Program Requirements and Timetable

Dwight Hedges

R Balster, R Koch, D Hedges

Afternoon

Get VCU ID

Walking Tour of MCV Campus                   

Tour of Fellowship Office            

  • Assignment of office space
  • Overview of  office equipment
  • Office polices and procedures
  • Distribute pass cards and keys

 

Dwight Hedges

Day 3

 

                    

Morning

Intercultural Communication Workshop

Kim Cressy/Leslie Bozeman

Afternoon

Historic Tour of Richmond/State Capitol

Orientation to the VCU Campus Connector Shuttle

Dwight Hedges

Day 4

 

 

Morning

Paper work for IIE

VCU Information Technology Training

  • E-mail
  • Security
  • Computer scams
  • VCU Computing Resources

Dwight Hedges

Afternoon

Cell Phones and Shopping

Dwight Hedges

Day 5

 

 

Morning

Intro to the Richmond Bus System/Shopping

Dwight Hedges

 

Evening

Welcome Reception with GEO, IDAS and Fellows

Bob Balster

Day 6

 

 

Afternoon

Recreational/Cultural Activities

Dwight Hedges

Day 7

 

 

Morning

Review IIE and IDAS Policy and Procedures

  • Travel (notification and forms)

Health Services and Policies

  • Student Health Services
  • IIE Accident and Sickness Insurance
  • Vaccinations

 

Dwight Hedges

 

Afternoon

Individual Academic Advising

Individual Meetings with Advisors

Alison Breland

Advisors

Day 8

 

 

Morning

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Placement Test (for those taking ESL)

Individual Academic Advising

Individual Meetings with Mentors

GEO & Dwight Hedges

Alison Breland

Mentors

Afternoon

The Life and Vision of Hubert H. Humphrey

Humphrey Fellow Mentorship Program

Individual Academic Advising

Individual Meetings with Advisors

Robert Balster

 

Alison Breland

Advisors

Day 9

 

 

Morning

Intro to Humphrey Seminar

  • Introductions
  • Overview of US Educational System
  • Overview of US Government

 

A. Breland & R. Koch

Afternoon

Picnic at Maymont Park

Dwight Hedges

Day 10

First Day of Classes

 

Day 11

 

 

Morning

Review of “Humphrey Fellow Guidelines”

  • Review Program Requirements and Time Table
  • Stipends and Financial Support
  • Cultural and Recreational Resources

 

D. Hedges and R. Koch

Afternoon

Driving Tour of Richmond (non-historical)

Dwight Hedges

Day 12

 

 

Morning

GEO Orientation

  • Welcome
  • Overview of GEO and GEO Services
  • Personal safety and security
    • E-mail scams
    • Phone scams
    • Store credit cards                                                    
  • Salutations and Greetings in theUnited States                  
  • Gender and interpersonal communication/space
    • VCU policies on sexual harassment
  • Friendship/Host Families
  • Shopping in Richmond
  • VCU organizational structure

Global Education Office

Evening

Reception with Friendship Families

 


THE VCU HUMPHREY FELLOWS PROGRAM

The VCU Humphrey Fellows Program is a non-degree program designed to provide advanced leadership training that combines academic, practical and cultural activities. Our program involves the public health, substance abuse and other expertise of the entire university faculty. In addition, we work closely with local health and substance abuse agencies, as well as local and state government to provide real-world exposure to research, treatment, prevention and policy in a mid-size American city.

Please visit our website, http://www.vcu.edu/idas/humphrey/index.html to be introduced to the previous classes of Humphrey Fellows. In addition, each of you will be matched with one of our former Humphrey Fellows (“alumni buddy”) who has agreed to serve as another resource for you. We will “introduce” you to this person by e-mail, and you may then contact this person with questions you may have about any aspect of the Program and life inRichmond,Virginia.

Program Organization

Substance abuse and other health research are regularly identified as areas of excellence at VCU. The VCU Humphrey Fellowship program provides a university-wide experience for Humphrey Fellows that includes many opportunities for contact with faculty from throughout the university.

The VCU Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies (IDAS) serves as the administrative home to the VCU Humphrey Program. IDAS faculty coordinate individualized program plans for the Fellows, assists Fellows in developing Professional Affiliations and supports the Fellows’ professional development. The VCU Humphrey Fellowship Program is also supported by the VCU Global Education Office (GEO). The GEO assists Fellows in moving toRichmond, helps them find housing, identifies host (“friendship”) families and offers many opportunities for cultural experiences in theRichmondarea.

In addition to the Program Coordinator, Dr. Robert L. Balster, VCU has many faculty in several departments, centers, and schools that have significant international scientific and leadership experience in all areas of health, including substance abuse research and training, who can serve as mentors.  Relevant departments, centers, and schools are listed below:

Humphrey Program Staff

There are five key personnel responsible for conducting the VCU Humphrey Program: Coordinator, Associate Coordinator, Academic Coordinator, Assistant Coordinator, and the GEO Liaison. In addition, several other VCU personnel dedicate portions of their effort to this project for performing specific functions as described below. 

Coordinator:  Robert L. Balster is Director of the Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies (IDAS), Butler Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Research Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry. His research has been funded by the NIH since 1976 and he is the recipient of an NIH MERIT Award. He has participated in many multidisciplinary activities, which include membership in the Robert Wood Johnson Research Network on the Etiology of Youth Tobacco Dependence, serving as Editor-in-Chief of Drug and Alcohol Dependence, an international multidisciplinary journal with a heavy concentration in the areas of behavioral and clinical sciences and epidemiology and as Director of IDAS, a multidisciplinary program involving faculty in eleven different departments, four schools, and one college at VCU.

Dr. Balster also has extensive experience in international research and training. He was the co-PI of an NIH Fogarty Center grant with Pavlov Medical University in St. Petersburg, Russia. He has hosted international scholars in his laboratories fromMexico, theCzechRepublic,Colombia,RussiaandFrance. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the European Behavioral Pharmacology Society and has been an advisor to the WHO for over 20 years, participating in several Expert Advisory Panels, authoring two WHO documents and working with the pharmaceutical industry to improve the functionality of international drug control treaties. He has authored a review of national and international guidelines for drug abuse potential assessment.

Dr. Balster also brings extensive leadership and policy experience to this project. They include being President of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence and the Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse Division of the American Psychological Association, and Chair of the Board of Scientific Affairs of the American Psychological Association. From 1994 to 1999 he served as the chief Public Policy officer for the CPDD, working with theirWashingtonlobbying organization to bring science to bear on national drug abuse policy. Dr. Balster is a founding Co-Director of the International Programme on Addiction Science, which includes an online master’s degree program in addiction studies. He has had significant federal government advisory responsibilities, including service as Chair of the FDA Drug Abuse Advisory Committee which provided recommendation on drug abuse control of new medications and on the approval of new drug abuse treatments.  He has been the Coordinator of the Humphrey Fellowship Program at VCU since 2006.

Associate Coordinator: J. Randy Koch, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the VCU Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies. Prior to joining VCU in 2003, he was the Director of Research and Evaluation for the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, a position he held since 1989. Dr. Koch has served on several national committees and work groups including, the Outcomes Roundtable for Children and Families and the Forum on Performance Measures in Behavioral Healthcare and Related Service Systems.  Dr. Koch has conducted research in university, state government and private-for-profit organizations. He is a community psychologist with expertise in program development and evaluation. Dr. Koch’s research interests include co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders, adolescent substance abuse, the etiology and prevention of youth tobacco and other substance use, program performance and outcome measurement, and the dissemination of evidence-based practices. Dr. Koch assists in the administration of the VCU Humphrey Program and coordinates university- and community-based affiliations for the Fellows.

Academic Coordinator: Dr. Alison Breland is the Academic Coordinator. In this role, she is primarily responsible for developing and conducting the Humphrey Seminar Series and helping Fellows identify and register for coursework appropriate for their development. Dr. Breland is trained as a research psychologist, with a background in human laboratory studies. She has conducted research in several areas, including work on alternative tobacco products, youth tobacco use, tobacco use among individuals in recovery from addiction to alcohol/drugs, medications for alcoholism, and the use of evidence-based practices among substance abuse treatment providers.  Dr. Breland has also taught courses in general psychology, tests and measurement, and physiological psychology.

Assistant Coordinator: L. Dwight Hedges is the Assistant Coordinator and will work directly with Fellows on a daily basis and will have an office in proximity to them. Mr. Hedges will plan volunteer and out reach activities for the Fellows as well as cultural and historical excursions.  He will also attend to day-to-day coordination, planning and problem solving.

GEO Liaison:  Pam Haney is the Director of Community Connections in the Global Education Office.  She will assist the Humphrey Fellows with housing, provide a cultural orientation and coordinate their assimilation into theRichmond community through the Friendship Partner program.

Humphrey Program Staff Contact Information

Coordinator

Robert L. Balster, Ph.D. Director
Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies
VirginiaCommonwealthUniversity
R.BlackwellSmithBuilding, Room 760
410 North 12th Street
P. O. Box980310
Richmond,Virginia23298-0310
Phone: (804) 828-8402
Fax: (804) 827-0304
E-mail: balster@vcu.edu

Associate Coordinator

J. Randy Koch, Ph.D., Executive Director
Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies
VirginiaCommonwealthUniversity
McGuire Hall, Rm. B08C
1112 East Clay Street
P. O. Box980310
Richmond,VA23298
Phone: (804) 828-8633
Fax: (804) 828-7862
E-mail: jrkoch@vcu.edu

Assistant Coordinator

L. Dwight Hedges
Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies
Old City Hall, Suite350
1001 E. Broad Street
P.O. Box 980344
Richmond,VA23298
Phone: (804) 828-7819
E-mail: ldhedges@vcu.edu
 
Academic Coordinator
 
Alison B. Breland, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate
Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies
Virginia Commonwealth University
Old City Hall,Suite 350
1001 East Broad Street
P. O. Box 980310
Richmond, VA 23298
Phone: (804) 628-2300
Fax: (804) 828-9091
E-mail: abbrelan@vcu.edu

Director of International Student and Scholar Services

Pamela Haney
Director, International Student and Scholar Services
Global Education Office
VirginiaCommonwealthUniversity
916W. Franklin St.
P.O. Box843043
Richmond,VA 23284-3043
Phone:  804.828.8309
Fax:  804.828.2552
E-mail:  pohaney@vcu.edu

Program Components

The Humphrey Fellowship Program at VCU has many components and required activities, and it also provides many opportunities for you to explore your individual interests. The Program components are described below, and a list of major required Program activities/projects are attached to this document (see Summary of Major Program Requirements).

Individual Program Plan: You will work with your advisor and the Humphrey Program Coordinator and/or Associate Coordinator, to develop an Individual Program Plan (IPP). The IPP will describe your goals and activities for the Fellowship. This plan will be flexible, but it will have measurable goals for progress during the year. Individual Program Plans will address six areas: 1) Professional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities; 2) Leadership Skills; 3) Understanding and Knowledge of Development Issues; 4) Contributing to Mutual Understanding; 5) Establishing and Enhancing Partnerships with U.S. Counterparts; and Personal Goals.

Humphrey Seminar Series:  The Humphrey Seminar Series is intended to provide Fellows with the opportunity to learn about a variety of topics related to theUS in general, leadership/professional development, and substance abuse. The series varies somewhat from year to year based on the interests and goals of the Fellows. In addition, during the seminar, Fellows also have the opportunity to learn from their classmates about international experiences with public health issues. The primary objectives of the Seminar Series are:

  • To familiarize Fellows with the US and Virginia government, health care, and educational systems
  • To help Fellows better understand basic epidemiology, scientific research methods, program evaluation, monitoring and evaluation systems, and to critically evaluate scientific literature
  • To further educate Fellows about public health and substance abuse issues relevant to particular populations (e.g., individuals with co-occurring disorders or HIV/AIDS, those involved in the criminal justice system, and women and adolescents), as well as particular focus areas (epidemiology, prevention, treatment, and policy)
  • To assist Fellows in the development of leadership skills, such as intercultural communication, grant writing, creating change, developing poster presentations and oral presentations for professional conferences, as well as publishing professional manuscripts

The Seminar Series is held in both the fall and spring semesters, with Fellows meeting once a week for approximately three hours. The Humphrey Seminar Series is directed by Dr.Alison Brelandof the Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies. While the fall Seminar is generally set prior to the Fellows’ arrival, the spring semester offerings are guided by the Fellows and Dr. Breland, depending on the Fellows’ interests.

Lecture topics for previous years of the Humphrey Seminar are listed below. Lectures are delivered by VCU faculty, local leaders, and/or nationally-known speakers.

  • The US Government System
  • The US Healthcare System
  • Scientific Evidence—Reading the Literature
  • What is Evidence-based Practice?
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment for Addiction
  • Epidemiology
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Substance Abuse Policies
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Community Coalitions
  • Substance Abuse Services for Women
  • Co-occurring Disorders

The Humphrey Seminar also includes several workshops.  Previous workshops have included:

  • Intercultural communication
  • An Introduction to Library Services
  • Needs assessment methods
  • “CDCynergy”—Designing of health communication plans and development of sound interventions
  • Creating change
  • Project implementation
  • Creating poster presentations
  • Program evaluation
  • Grant writing
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Training

Leadership training and knowledge are interwoven throughout the lectures, activities, and discussions of the Humphrey Seminar. Through the Seminar, Fellows have opportunities to interact with both junior and senior leaders in the field who serve as lecturers.

In addition to attending the seminars, Fellows are expected to give three presentations during the year: (1) a presentation on their home countries, including a brief introduction to the country (e.g., demographics, geography and government), the epidemiology of public health concerns, and goals for the Fellowship; (2) a presentation and critique of a published manuscript; and (3) a final project.

The final project focuses on each Fellow’s top priority for change upon returning home along with step-by-step activities describing how these changes will be implemented. Final projects are presented at the end of the spring semester.  Projects can vary and may include: a description of a research project they plan to conduct in their home countries, a strategy for changing an important policy affecting public health, an adaptation of an evidence-based prevention or treatment program; grant application with a U.S. collaborator for research to be conducted in their home countries; a plan for a program evaluation or needs assessment in their home countries; or some other project of particular value to the Fellow.

Fellows begin developing the topic for their final project during the fall semester, and turn in a short PowerPoint presentation with their ideas, including the rationale and background, at the end of the fall semester. Mid-spring, Fellows turn in a draft of the project (also in PowerPoint form). In the spring, the last two sessions of the seminar series are devoted to presentations of final projects. The Fellows’ advisors and other VCU faculty may be invited to attend these presentations. Fellows receive a formal evaluation of their presentation conducted by Program staff.

Finally, as part of the Humphrey Seminar, Fellows are also required to take a web-based course on research with human participants. In addition to providing Fellows with valuable information about ethical issues in the conduct of human research, successfully completing a web-based test on this material is a prerequisite for participating in any VCU research project involving human participants. This year, Fellows are required to submit a certification of completion by December 1, 2013.

The Humphrey Seminar is a critical component of the VCU Program. However, it is recognized that there may be other professional development opportunities that may conflict with the scheduled class time. Therefore, Fellows are allowed one absence per semester in order to attend other professional development activities.

Academic Coursework:  Many courses are available that can be taken for credit or audit. Additional courses that may be of interest are offered by the Departments of Pharmacology/Toxicology, Health Administration, Epidemiology and Community Health, and Psychology. Fellows may register for 3 credits of coursework each semester (this is usually one, 3-credit course).  Please note that for those Fellows who prefer not to take traditional academic courses, opportunities exist for doing independent study with a VCU faculty member. If you are interested in this option, you should discuss it with Dr. Alison Breland, the Program’s Academic Coordinator.

Professional Development Activities (short-term):  A wide variety of training and professional development activities are available to enhance your skills in specific areas. These include various on-campus seminars, short courses on such topics as information technology (e.g., software classes, library usage), teacher training, grant writing, and others. An up-to-date listing of these opportunities will be provided to you after your arrival. Somewhat less formal professional development will occur through attendance at local and national meetings and conferences and field trips to a variety of public health and substance abuse treatment programs, state and local agencies, and advocacy organizations. In addition, you will be expected to attend and make a presentation at the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s International Forum, and to attend the annual meeting of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) in June, 2013. We anticipate that you will attend at least one additional conference or workshop during your Fellowship.

Of particular interest to some Fellows will be the opportunity to observe and participate in the legislative process. Each year, the Virginia General Assembly (which meets in the building next to the Humphrey program office) typically addresses several pieces of legislation related to substance abuse and other health policies and services. Fellows will have an opportunity, if they desire, to discuss the intent of the legislation with its legislative sponsors and to talk to members of organizations with specific interests (both pro and con) in the proposed legislation. Fellows will also have the opportunity to learn how to track legislation as it moves through the General Assembly both by using the State’s web-based Legislative Tracking System and by attending committee meetings where public comments/testimony are provided. Through this experience, Fellows will learn how the delivery of substance abuse and other health services are influenced by public policy and the political process.

Professional Affiliation: Each Fellow is required to participate in at least one Professional Affiliation (PA) for a minimum of 30 work days (approximately 6 weeks). PAs may be extended beyond 30 days to complete a project if both the Fellow and host organization agrees. PAs may either be located in theRichmond area (Local PA) or at a site located anywhere in theUnited States (Non-local PA).  We strongly encourage VCU Fellows to have both a local and non-local PA.

Fellows will meet with the Coordinator or Associate Coordinator and their individual advisors to identify potential PAs and to develop a plan for the affiliation. Specific tasks to be completed, schedule of activities, etc. are negotiated between the Fellow and the host organization. The emphasis for each affiliation is on obtaining practical experience and the development of leadership skills in the chosen area. Drs. Balster and Koch will monitor the quality of the PA experience through regularly scheduled discussions with the Fellows and contacts with the host organization.

TheRichmondmetropolitan area is home to a large number of substance abuse and other health  organizations that will be excellent sites for a local PA. These organizations cover a broad range of functions including prevention and treatment services, policy development and program planning, program evaluation, funding, and advocacy:

  • Governor’s Substance Abuse Services Council
  • Governor’s Office for Substance Abuse Prevention (GOSAP)
  • Virginia Departmentof Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS)
  • Virginia Health Department
  • Richmond Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA)
  • Richmond Public Health Clinic
  • Chesterfield Community Services Board
  • Substance Abuse and Addiction RecoveryAlliance (SAARA)
  • Division of HIV and Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Virginia Department of Health (VDH)
  • Drug Treatment Court, Virginia Supreme Court

There are also opportunities to become affiliated with one of the substance abuse or health  programs housed at VCU. These may include basic research laboratories in animal or clinical pharmacology, the Survey and Evaluation Research Laboratory which conducts program evaluation, as well as policy and survey research, the Mid-Atlantic Addiction Technology Transfer Center, the Virginia Impaired Health Practitioners Program, the NIDA Clinical Trials Network, the Virginia Youth Tobacco Projects or many others. In some cases, these opportunities may be used to satisfy the requirement for a PA. Or, Fellows may choose to work on a project with a faculty member for academic credit or work with them on a more informal basis.

Non-local PAs are typically conducted at the end of the Fellowship year, usually starting in early May. The Humphrey Coordinator, Associate Coordinator and advisors assist the Fellows in identifying an appropriate PA. Fellows are encouraged to begin the process of identifying possible sites for their PAs shortly after their arrival at VCU.

Cultural Excursions: Over the course of your Fellowship, we will provide several opportunities for you to take advantage of the many historical and cultural resources inRichmond and the surrounding area. We are very fortunate to live in a city that is rich in history and culture, with several fine museums, art galleries, and historical homes and buildings. In addition, we are within easy driving distance of an amazing number of cultural, historical, and political resources inWashington,D.C. These experiences will greatly add to your enjoyment of your Fellowship and provide you with additional opportunities to learn about theUnited States.  

Associate Campus:   The Associate Campus Program requires that each host university collaborate with another college or university that is either located in a rural area or serves students that might not otherwise be exposed to an international perspective.  VCU's associate campus is Virginia State University (VSU). VSU is an historically black university located inPetersburg,Virginia, about 20 miles south of Richmond.     

The Associate Campus program will include:  (1) informal and formal meetings with faculty and graduate students, particularly in the VSU Department of Psychology; (2) one or more lunchtime meetings where Fellows present information about their culture as well as issues facing their nation; (3)  presentations or lectures given by the Fellows in specific courses (for example, Developmental Psychology,  Health Psychology,  Drugs and Behavior , Abnormal Psychology,  Experimental Psychology and Health Psychology); and (3) helping VSU graduate students in health psychology who are developing community-based prevention and intervention projects or participating in service-learning at VSU or in the greater Petersburg community.  Additionally, graduate students from the Health Psychology and Clinical Psychology programs will be invited to participate in a number of fieldtrips and workshops offered to Fellows to provide Fellows and the VSU students opportunities to develop ongoing relationships.  

Partnership activities at the associate campus site will be coordinated by faculty in the VSU Health Psychology Ph.D. program. Dr. Zewelanji Serpell of VSU will serve as the primary project coordinator. She will be assisted by Dr. Mary Loos of VCU. The first activity occurs at the beginning of the Fall semester with a global health meeting at VSU. Fellows and VSU faculty and graduate students will make short presentations related to the health-related issues that they are working on. They will also talk about populations of interest to VSU and wider issues related to health disparities in the US.This event will help identify areas of overlapping interest and allow Fellows to become familiar with VSU  In the latter part of the Spring semester, VSU faculty and students will be invited to the Fellow's final project presentations, and this will be combined with a reception during which Fellows and VSU faculty and students will have the opportunity to talk about their partnership experiences.

ABOUT VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY

VirginiaCommonwealthUniversityis an urban, public institution enrolling nearly 32,000 undergraduate, graduate, professional and doctoral students on its two thriving campuses, located in the heart ofRichmond.

More than 1,900 faculty members and nearly 1,200 adjunct faculty members comprise the University’s teaching force. VCU faculty attracts more than $250 million in sponsored research funding, and it is ranked by the Carnegie Foundation as one of the nation’s top research universities. The total workforce of the University — faculty, physicians, nurses and administrative and support staff — is over 19,000.

Research strengths at VCU include the basic and health sciences, business, behavioral sciences, public affairs, and the humanities. Among VCU’s many national rankings are 28 programs in the top tier of the U.S. News and World Report review, with two ranked number one in their discipline (for more information see: www.vcu.edu/ranking).

VCU includes Health Sciences (Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry and Allied Health), Engineering and Arts and Sciences (e.g., psychology, public policy, social work) programs. VCU is also launching a new School of Public Healthwhich will incorporate five departments including Epidemiology and Community Health, Biostatistics, Social and Behavioral Health, and others. VCU offers 63 baccalaureate, 74 master’s, 38 doctoral as well as first professional degrees in medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy.  International programs at VCU attest to the global engagement of the University, its faculty and students, and to the diversity of the campus itself. VCU hosts and employs more than 350 international scholars and educates an international student population comprised of nearly 1,500 undergraduate, graduate and professional students from 96 countries around the world in. For more information about VCU, see its website at www.vcu.edu.

ABOUT RICHMOND, VIRGINIA

Richmond, the capital city of the state of Virginia, has a metropolitan area population of over 1.2 million. Richmondcombines the excitement and opportunities of a large urban and international business center with the pace and traditions of an historical and residential area. Within easy driving distance of Washington, D.C., the U.S. capital, Virginia Beach and the Atlantic Ocean, and the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains, Richmond’s location offers many sites of interest outside the city as well. For more information about Richmond, see www.richmond.com.

THE INSTITUTE FOR DRUG AND ALCOHOL STUDIES

The Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies (IDAS) was established at VCU in 1993 to promote excellence in research and education on substance abuse. IDAS has over 50 faculty members from 11 different departments within the university. The many and diverse faculty supports a multidisciplinary approach to addressing the complex problems associated with alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

The substance abuse research conducted by Institute faculty spans the disciplines of medicinal chemistry, molecular biology, pharmacology, psychiatry, and behavioral sciences, as well as clinical and services research on community-based treatment and prevention. A major focus of the Institute’s research is on the effects of drugs of abuse on the brain. This research has been particularly valuable in providing the scientific basis for developing new drug abuse treatments. Other important areas of substance abuse research include the study of behavioral and genetic factors related to drug addiction, the development and evaluation of new prevention and treatment models, and women’s health. Institute faculty also have made major contributions to the study of tobacco use and dependence in youth. This multidisciplinary focus has enabled VCU to become one of the leading universities in the world in attracting research support for studies of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. In 2011, Institute faculty members generated $21 million in external funding from numerous federal, state and private sources. These sources included the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth (VFHY) and several pharmaceutical companies.

In addition to the large amount of sponsored research conducted by IDAS faculty members, they are widely recognized for their scholarly contributions to the field of substance abuse. The Humphrey Program Coordinator and director of IDAS, Dr. Robert Balster, is a former editor-in-chief of the scientific journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, and, during a typical year, faculty members publish 200 books and scientific journal articles on drug and alcohol abuse. Three faculty members are past presidents of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD), the longest standing organization in theUnited Statesaddressing problems of drug abuse and dependence. Individual faculty members also have received numerous awards, including three recipients of the Nathan B. Eddy Award for lifetime scientific achievement, an award for mentoring young addictions scientists, the Joseph Cochin Award for early career contributions, and the Michael Morrison Award for service to the profession, all from CPDD.

The Institute is affiliated with several large research and knowledge-application efforts of national prominence. These include a research center grant and a pre- and postdoctoral training grant from NIDA. IDAS also has joined with faculty at Johns Hopkins University to be one of the first collaborating centers of NIDA’s Clinical Trials Network. This network of community-based treatment programs linked to regional universities conducts research on the effectiveness and feasibility of new science-based treatments for addictions. VCU hosts the Virginia Health Practitioners Monitoring Program for assessment, treatment planning, referral and monitoring of impaired health practitioners in the commonwealth. Finally, the Institute is home to the Virginia Youth Tobacco Projects, a statewide research effort addressing the causes and prevention of youth tobacco use, and it actively collaborates with the Mid-Atlantic Addiction Technology Transfer Center, also located at VCU.

IDAS has strong ties to other institutes and centers at VCU, including the Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics, the Institute for Women’s Health and the MasseyCancerCenter. You can learn more about the Institute at our website: www.vcu.edu/idas.

THE GLOBAL EDUCATION OFFICE

The Global Education Office at VCU comprises six units and serves the needs of international students and scholars as well as students who desire an educational experience abroad. The GEO provides immigration, international admissions and recruitment services, English language programs, study abroad opportunities and community connections. Most importantly for you as a Humphrey Fellow, the GEO coordinates your housing and Friendship families while at VCU.

Please Note: Immigration advising for Humphrey Fellows is done directly through IIE and the Humphrey Fellowship Program, not through VCU’s Global Education Office.

OFFICE SPACE

We will provide office space for you in Old City Hall, a beautiful and historic building located onCapitol Squareand just across the street from the VCU Health Sciences campus. It is very close to most classes and meetings you will need to attend, and it is on the bus line. Office furniture and equipment (including shared photocopier, telephones and fax machine) will be provided at no cost. The Humphrey Fellowship suite includes your office, which you will typically share with at least one  other Humphrey Fellow, a conference/meeting room, and offices for the Academic Coordinator and Assistant Coordinator.

E-MAIL AND COMPUTERS

You will be provided with free e-mail and internet access at VCU. Your office will include a PC for your individual use that is connected to a shared laser printer. If you already have a good quality laptop, you should consider bringing it with you.

Social Security Numbers

Before a Fellow can apply for a social security number, he/she has to be validated in the SEVIS system. It takes ten days after a Fellow is validated in SEVIS system before the Social Security Administration can issue the number.


Therefore, IIE asks that within 10 days of the Fellows arrival, you obtain copies of the following documents and send them to IIE:
1) DS2019 Form
2) I-94
3) U.S. visa
4) First pages of the Fellow's passport

We also need to receive the Fellows' current street addresses in the U.S., even if they are temporary.

As soon as IIE receives these documents, they will validate the Fellows in SEVIS. We will then provide a Sponsors' letters for each Fellow for him/her to apply for the Social Security Number. By the time these are prepared and sent to you, you should be validated in SEVIS and the Social Security Administration should be able to access that validation in order to provide the Fellow a number.

If you are assigned to attend pre-academic training, we encourage you to obtain your SSN during this time. It will help things go more smoothly after your arrival at VCU. Otherwise, we will help arrange transportation for you to obtain your SSN from the Social Security Administration Office located at:

4212 Park PlCt                                   OR                  13551 Waterford Place

Glen Allen, VA 23060                                                Midlothian, VA 23112

(804) 934-4570‎                                                           (804) 744-0227

(804) 673-7555‎

HEALTHCARE

Health Insurance: As you know, you will receive accident and sickness coverage through the Humphrey Fellowship Program. However, this will not cover pre-existing conditions. Given this, if you do have any pre-existing medical conditions that may require treatment while you are in the U.S., we strongly encourage you to keep your current insurance if that option is available to you. The Humphrey accident and sickness coverage requires a co-payment for each insured health care incident. This year the co-pay was $15 for office visits, urgent care or hospitalization. All insurance claims must be handled by each Fellow with assistance by the Humphrey staff if problems arise.

Please note that the accident and sickness coverage provided through the Humphrey Fellowship Program provides minimal coverage. Previous Fellows have suggested that you should consider getting supplemental health insurance, but you must decide this for yourself. 

As a part-time student, there is a $93.50 student health fee requirement which is paid by the program. This fee will allow you to use the university student health clinic for the entire semester. Also, please remember that VCU’s Student Health Clinics do not accept insurance; services provided there will be billed to you directly. See below the services which are and are not covered by the fee.

Services covered by the Health Fee:

  • All services, examinations, consultations and minor procedures by USHS nursing, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and physician staff
  • Most laboratory tests associated with acute illnesses ordered by USHS staff
  • After-hours phone advice for urgent medical problem
  • Health education activities sponsored by USHS (There may be a minimal fee for specific classes)
  • Allergy injections--students must supply serum and instructions from their allergists

Services not covered by the Health Fee:

  • Emergency room visits, emergency transportation or hospitalization for any reason
  • X-rays ordered by USHS staff
  • Prescriptions and over-the-counter medications
  • Laboratory tests associated with chronic illnesses, routine gynecological care, STI screening tests and tests not medically indicated
  • Referrals to specialists outside of USHS
  • Birth control
  • Allergy skin testing, evaluation and cost of serum for hypo sensitization
  • Expenses incurred as a result of accidental injury if treatment is needed outside of the Student Health clinic
  • Dental care, routine eye examination and refraction for eyeglasses, prosthetic devices, speech therapy, physical therapy, psychotherapy or any items not listed under covered services
  • Immunization vaccines

Prescription Medications: If you are currently taking any prescription medications, if possible, please bring an adequate supply with you. Also bring copies of prescriptions or information regarding dosage in case you need to obtain an additional supply while you are in Richmond—an original prescription written in English by your physician would be best. In addition, since the Humphrey Program accident and sickness coverage will not cover dental services, try to have all necessary dental work done before you leave for theUnited States.

Immunizations: As part-time, out-of-state, masters-level students, you are only required to have a tb skin test once you arrive toRichmond. During orientation, you will have the opportunity to go to Student Health to have the TB skin test done. The cost of the test is $15 which you will be required to pay at the time of service. You’ll return 2 days later for your results.  Should student health find that a chest x-ray is necessary; the cost will be covered by your insurance.

TRANSPORTATION

As a medium sized city, Richmonddoes not have the same highly developed mass transit system available in many of our larger cities. However, it is also free of most of the traffic congestion common in larger cities and many of the places you will need to travel to are conveniently located.

Richmonddoes have a public bus system that will take you to most places in the City ofRichmond. We will provide you with free bus passes good for 10 bus rides per week. The city bus can also be used to take you to the MCV campus, stopping approximately 1 block from your office atOldCity Hall. In addition, there is a free campus bus system (“Campus Connector”) that will take you to several different locations on both campuses.

The VCU campuses and your office are also located a short bus ride away from several state and local agencies where you are likely to have meetings and where you may choose to do your Professional Affiliation. There are also many restaurants, nightclubs historical sites and art galleries located nearby. You will find that there are numerous recreational, athletic and cultural resources on both campuses, typically free or at minimal cost, that are easily accessible by the VCU bus system or within easy walking distance.

The greatest transportation challenge you are likely to have is traveling to low cost shopping areas. Most shopping malls and discount stores are located outside the city center. Although it may be more convenient for you to shop on weekends, bus service to these areas is very limited at this time. While we will coordinate some shopping trips, you will need to consider these things when planning other shopping outings.

Previous Fellows have recommended that you strongly consider purchasing a car for use during your Fellowship. They found that this greatly increased their ability to take advantage of the various professional, cultural and recreational resources within the greaterRichmondmetropolitan area.

Another option to purchasing a car is the Zipcar. Zipcar is an American membership-based car sharing company providing automobile reservations to its members. You pay for the car by the hour ($8/hour) or day ($66/day).  Members can reserve Zipcars online or by phone, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reservations can be made minutes or up to a year in advance. Zipcar members have access to Zipcars using an access card called a “Zipcard.” The Zipcard works with the car's technology to unlock the door, where the keys are already located inside. The $35/year membership fee includes insurance and gas and cars.  There is a Zipcar location right on campus near Old City Hall.

You will be required to hold a valid driver’s license from the Department of Motor Vehicles in order to purchase or operate a car in the state ofVirginia.  You have several options for doing this:

1)     If you have a valid driver’s license from your home country, you can obtain an “international driver’s license” as well.  With both, you would be able to drive here in the United Statesfor the duration of your stay.  However, if you purchase a vehicle and therefore own a vehicle title in the state a Virginiayou will be required to obtain an official Virginia’s Driver’s License within 60 days. This is an excellent option for those of you interested in using the ZipCar option.  For more information about international driver’s permits please see this link http://www.aaa.com/vacation/idpf.html

2)     If you have never held a valid driver’s license from your home country or have intentions of purchasing your own vehicle and therefore owning a title in the State ofVirginia, you must study the VA Driver’s Education Manual and take the knowledge test.  After passing the knowledge test you will receive a Learner’s Permit which you must hold for 30 days. During this time you are free to operate a vehicle with another licensed driver in the car. After 30 days, you would then take all of the required documents with you to DMV and complete the road skills test. After passing the road skills test, you will receive the official driver’s license for a fee of $35.

3)     You will NOT be able to acquire a driver’s license without a government issued social security number.  We will apply for these early in the Fall semester.

BANKING/CREDIT CARDS

It is recommended that you arrive with a Visa or MasterCard attached to your bank account back home. If you are not able to obtain a credit card before coming to theU.S., be sure to bring a current bank statement, translated into English, so that you can obtain a card a little more easily once you are here.

Within the first 2 days of your arrival, we will help you set up a bank account. Your initial stipend check will have arrived by then. A bank representative from Wells Fargo will come during orientation to help you open your account and give you an overview about banking and budgeting in the U.S. Wells Fargo is a national bank with a long-standing relationship with VCU.

In addition to Wells Fargo, there are other banks that you can choose from, including Bank of America and SunTrust. Both of these banks have branches located throughout the United States which will be important at the end of your Fellowship year when you may relocate to complete a non-local Professional Affiliation.

CELL PHONES AND COMMUNICATING WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY

Since we must be able to get in touch with you during an emergency, we require that all Fellows have a functioning cell phone with operating voice mail. At the start of orientation we will make time to purchase cell phones.

If you purchase and obtain a cell phone and U.S cell phone number while at pre-academic English training, you can use that phone during the rest of your Fellowship.  

Generally, as international Fellows with no U.S.credit history and not enough time to commit to an annual or 2-year contract, you will be limited to a pre-paid plan. A prepaid mobile phone (also commonly referred to as pay-as-you-go, pay-as-you-talk, "pay and go", or prepaid wireless) is a mobile phone for which credit is purchased in advance of service use. The purchased credit is used to pay for mobile phone services at the point the service is accessed or consumed. If there is no available credit then access to the requested service is denied by the mobile phone network.

If you are interested in investigating some available options ahead of time or even purchasing online, we strongly encourage you to do so. Having a cell phone that will allow you to make international calls during your first few days may be important. Your family will be waiting to hear from and you will want to contact them as well. Please review these popular options:

If you are not familiar with Skype, it is software that allows users to make telephone calls over the internet. The computers here in the Humphrey office are equipped with Skype for your use. Calls to other users of the service and to certain other numbers are free, while calls to other landlines and mobile phones can be made for a small fee. Additional features include instant messaging, file transfer and video conferencing. You may find it helpful to set up a Skype account prior to leaving home so that you can contact your family when you first arrive.  However, Skype is not a replacement for your ordinary telephone and cannot be used for emergency calling. It should be used in addition to a cell phone account you have purchased.  You can download the software for free at www.Skype.com

EXTRACURRICULAR INTEREST SURVEY

Although you will be very busy with your professional development activities, we recognize that you will want to continue to pursue your individual hobbies and other recreational activities. You may also want to explore some new interests. Fortunately, VCU and the Richmondcommunity have the resources available to meet almost any interest. To help us begin to identify what resources will be of particular interest to you, please complete the short Extracurricular Interest Form attached to this document and e-mail it to jrkoch@vcu.edu.

We think you’ll find that there are many recreational and cultural activities at VCU and the greaterRichmondcommunity. These include sporting events, ethnic festivals, art museums and galleries, dance, music and much more. We will organize several recreational and cultural events during your time inRichmond, but the best way to take advantage of what the community has to offer is to be adventurous! Get out and explore! When you do, you’ll make new friends, learn more about our culture and have opportunities to share your culture with others. To help you get started, below are a couple of web sites that you’ll want to check on a regular basis to see what is going on inRichmondand at VCU.

www.usca.vcu.edu/

www.styleweekly.com (see “Arts and Culture” and “Calendar”)

WEATHER

The weather inRichmondduring the summer (June to September), when you will be arriving, is hot and humid. During early fall, (October to November), daily high temperatures will be much cooler. In the winter, (December to March), temperatures are colder, but still relatively mild. Snowfall is infrequent and rarely amounts to more than one or two inches. When it does snow, it usually melts away within a day or two.


Richmond, VA average temperatures (in Fahrenheit) and precipitation is presented below.

 

 

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEPT

OCT

NOV

DEC

Max. Temp

45.3

49.3

58.4

68.9

76.2

83.6

87.5

85.7

79.7

69.3

59.7

49.7

Avg. Temp

36.4

39.5

47.7

57.1

65.4

73.5

77.9

76.3

69.8

58.3

49.0

40.4

Min. Temp

27.6

29.7

37.0

45.3

54.6

63.3

68.3

66.8

59.9

47.2

38.4

31.1

Rain (inches)

3.55

2.98

4.09

3.18

3.96

3.54

4.67

4.18

3.98

3.60

3.06

3.12

Source: http://www.hellorichmond.com/Weather.Cfm


DRESS

When packing clothing, you should consider preparing for all types of weather during the program year. Light clothing is recommended for your arrival, as August can be very warm inRichmond. For winter you will need a warm coat, hat, scarf and gloves. It is possible to purchase all types of clothing inRichmondafter you arrive, but they may be less expensive in your home country.

Dress for classes at the university is generally casual. Jeans, skirts, shorts and athletic shoes (sneakers) are acceptable. Professional dress will be essential for meetings off campus, formal events, conferences and Professional Affiliations. This can include suits/sport coats and ties for men, and skirt suits, pant suits and dresses for women. Both dress and causal shoes are needed and should be comfortable for a lot of walking. You may also want to bring clothing that is specific to any sports or hobbies in which you participate.

There will be opportunities during your Fellowship to wear clothing currently or historically typical for your country. You are welcome to bring these with you (see below). 

WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU

As you know, your Humphrey Fellowship will include a combination of professional, academic, and cultural activities. To fully participate in these activities and to ensure that your experiences here are as relevant as possible to the work you will do when you return home, we suggest that you consider bringing the following with you:

  1. Information about the healthcare system in your home country, particularly focusing on substance abuse and/or HIV/AIDS, with specific information about a problem or program that will be the focus of your work as a Humphrey Fellow. During the course of the Humphrey Fellows seminar, you will be required to make a presentation on this topic. The information you bring should include data on the epidemiology of some aspect of substance abuse and/or HIV/AIDS and information related to your country’s programs and policies that address this problem. The format of the information you bring could include summary data you have assembled, government and academic reports, PowerPoint slide presentations you have prepared, etc.
  2. Any data files that you may want to work on while you are here. You will have access to excellent computer facilities, statistical software, and consultation to help you to analyze your data.
  3. National dress and handicrafts, recipes, and other items native to your country. There are many cultural fairs and other activities that will provide you with opportunities to share your culture with others. You may also want to bring photographs, slides, and DVDs that will help you share your native culture. One of the social-cultural activities we have is “movie night”in which each Fellow shows a DVD from their home country. The movie may be a documentary, a comedy, drama or anything that you think will provide your colleagues with greater insight into your culture.
  4. You will be traveling to many new places and making lots of friends. Previous Fellows have found it very rewarding to have a small digital camera to record their Fellowship experiences.

ATTACHMENTS/FORMS

  • Summary of Major Program Requirements
  • Humphrey Fellowship Professional Interest Inventory
  • Extracurricular Interests Form
  • Dietary Restrictions
  • Arrival Information Form

 

 

VCU Humphrey Program

Summary of Major Program Requirements

 

 

 

Requirement

Contact Person(s)

Due Date

 

 

 

Submit copies of processed DS-2019 Form, J-1 Visa, I-94 form and passport-face page and current address

Dwight Hedges

August 18

 

 

 

Presentation on home country for Humphrey Seminar

Alison Breland

mid-Sept

 

 

 

Submit initial Individual Program Plan (IPP)

Bob Balster Randy Koch

Oct 1

 

 

 

Attend Global Leadership Forum inWashington,DC

Dwight Hedges

Oct

 

 

 

Submit brief PowerPoint summary of idea for final project

Alison Breland

Dec

 

 

 

Complete web-based human subjects training and submit certificate (participation in a human research study may require that this be completed earlier)

Alison Breland

 

Dec

 

 

 

Submit ITIN or SSN

Dwight Hedges

Dec 15

 

 

 

Update Individual Program Plan (IPP)

Randy Koch Bob Balster

Dec 15

 

 

 

Submit abstract for NIDA International Forum

Randy Koch Bob Balster

Feb 1

 

 

 

Update Individual Program Plan (IPP)

Randy Koch Bob Balster

March 1

 

 

 

Last date to submit requests for computer-subsidy reimbursement

Dwight Hedges

March

 

 

 

Submit draft Humphrey Seminar Project (PowerPoint)

Alison Breland

March 15

 

 

 

Deadline for submitting Professional Affiliation Proposal

Bob Balster

Randy Koch

March

 

 

 

Submit Grant Tax forms

Dwight Hedges

March 31

 

 

 

Attend training on poster presentations

Alison Breland/Danielle Terrell

March

 

 

 

Present Humphrey Seminar Project

Alison Breland

April

 

 

 

Attend VCU Humphrey Fellowship Graduation

Dwight Hedges

April

 

 

 

Deadline for extension requests

Dwight Hedges

May

 

 

 

Attend IIE Year-End Retreat

Dwight Hedges

May

 

 

 

Submit Year-End Evaluation Forms to IIE

Dwight Hedges

May/June

 

 

 

Submit Year-end Report/Final IPP

Randy Koch

Bob Balster

June 5

 

 

 

Update contact information in home country

Dwight Hedges

June 30

 

 

 

Attend NIDA International Forum and CPDD June 15-20, 2013:: Hilton Bayfront Hotel:San Diego,California

Dwight Hedges

June 15-20


Humphrey Fellowship Professional Interest Survey

 

 

Fellow’s Name: _____________________________________

 

 

Dear Fellows:

 

            Each year, we ask our new group of Fellows about their professional goals for their Fellowship to help us plan activities for the coming year and identify professional contacts. Please complete the three questions below. You do not need to provide long, detailed responses. Brief responses are preferred.

 

1.  During your Fellowship, we strongly encourage all VCU Fellows to design or develop a project that they will carry out when they return home. We find that this is a good way to help you prioritize your Fellowship work and give you something that can use to improve things in your country at the end of your Fellowship. We will help you work on these projects during your Fellowship. Please briefly describe two or three projects that you would like to carry out in your home country after your Fellowship. It can be any type of project that you think will be useful. Examples include: 1) establishing a new prevention or treatment program, 2) evaluating and existing program or policy, 3) changing a current policy, 4) conducting a study that will provide useful information to decision makers in your country, and 5) changing how your organization operates.

  1. _________________________________________________________________________________________________

  2. _________________________________________________________________________________________________

  3. _________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

2.  A large part of your Humphrey Fellowship will be spent learning new skills (that is, the ability to do something) that you can use when you return home. Examples of skills include such things as public speaking, conducting a needs assessment, preparing a grant application, managing projects, conducting a public health campaign, conducting a survey, learning a specific counseling or treatment technique, etc.).  Please list three new skills that you would like to learn during your Fellowship.

  1. _____________________________________________________________________
  2. _____________________________________________________________________
  3. _____________________________________________________________________

 

3.  Humphrey Fellows also spend a lot of time developing new knowledge or learning about new things. For example, Fellows may want to learn about evidence-based treatment programs for women with substance use disorders, how the UShealth care system is organized and financed, sources of funding available to address particular public health issues, and so forth.  Please list three types of knowledge that you would like to gain during your Fellowship.

  1. _____________________________________________________________________
  2. _____________________________________________________________________
  3. _____________________________________________________________________

 

 

Thank you!

 

VCU Humphrey Fellowship Program

Extracurricular Interests Form

 

Although you will be very busy with your professional development activities, we recognize that you will want to continue to pursue your individual hobbies and other recreational activities or perhaps explore some new interests. Fortunately, VCU and the Richmondcommunity have the resources available to meet almost any interest. To help us begin to identify what resources will be of particular interest to you, please complete the short Extracurricular Interest Form attached to this document and e-mail it or fax it to: (804) 828-7862.

 

Please list all of your current recreational interests (hobbies, athletics, art, music, swimming, ballroom dancing, etc.) that you would like to continue to participate in during your stay in theUnited States.

 

1.___________________________________________________________________________

2.___________________________________________________________________________

3.___________________________________________________________________________

4.___________________________________________________________________________

5.___________________________________________________________________________

 

 

Please list any new recreational interests (hobbies, athletics, art, music, swimming, ballroom dancing, etc.) that you would like to try during stay in theUnited States.

 

1.___________________________________________________________________________

2.___________________________________________________________________________

3.___________________________________________________________________________

4.___________________________________________________________________________

5.___________________________________________________________________________

 

 

Thank you very much!

 

VCU Humphrey Fellowship Program

Dietary Restrictions Form

 

Please describe any dietary restrictions you may have. In particular, indicate if you area a vegetarian or vegan.

 

Vegetarian: ____

 

Vegan:____

 

Other Dietary Restrictions: _______________________________________________________________


 

 

TRANSPORTATION FROM RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

The Richmond International Airport is located eight (8) miles from the city.
For additional information, please contact:
L. Dwight Hedges
Assistant Coordinator, VCU Humphrey Fellowship Program
VirginiaCommonwealthUniversity
PO Box 980344
Phone: (804) 828-7819 or (804) 305-9500, Fax: (804) 828-9091
ldhedges@vcu.edu

 

It is important that you fax or e-mail Crystal by July 30, 2012.  If we do not receive your information by this time, we cannot guarantee your pick-up. Please e-mail all of the following information or complete the form below and return as soon as it is available.

 

AIRPORT TRANSPORTATION FORM

(For use at Richmond International Airport only)

This form should be returned to the Dwight Hedges: fax (804) 828-9091 or e-mail ldhedges@vcu.edu

 

NAME:                                                                                                                      

DATE I WILL ARRIVE: __________________ TIME: ____________ AM___PM___

NAME OF AIRLINE: ___________________________ FLIGHT NO.______________

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF YOUR APPEARANCE (or attach a recent photograph):

                                                                                                ________                               

 

                                                                                                            ______                       

 

* If there is a change/delay in your flight schedule or you miss a connecting flight, please call Dwight Hedges at (804) 828-7819 or (804) 305-9500.  Dwight will be coordinating your pick-up at the airport.