JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc.

Mission

JSI and its staff are dedicated to improving the health of individuals and communities throughout the world. We believe that all people are entitled to accessible, appropriate quality health care and a clean and safe environment. To make this vision a reality JSI applies practical and innovative solutions in health services, research, capacity building, education, information and training. JSI has many years experience conducting environmental health initiatives in the US and abroad.

Organization Type Non-Governmental Organization

Contact Information

Primary Contact
Ms. Gretchen Latowsky
Secondary Contact
Ms. Terry Greene
info@jsi.com
Address 44 Farnsworth St.
Boston, MA
02210-1211
United States
Website jsirt.org
Phone 617-482-9485
Fax 617-482-0617
Calling/Fax Instructions

Our Focus

Primary Initiatives, Target Populations, and Scope of Work:

JSI operates programs internationally from over 30 international field offices. JSI is a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Program Support Center (PSC) task order contractor, which allows all U.S. government agencies to procure our high-quality technical assistance, research, communications (web site design and maintenance), and evaluation services. We service health offices and programs around the world under a USAID Maternal and Child Health Technical Assistance and Support Contract in areas such as women's health and child health for projects in which we partner with ministries of health, other USAID projects, UN organizations and other donor agencies, private voluntary organizations, private practitioners, and NGOs.

JSI operates the JSI Center for Environmental Health Studies (JSI CEHS) which draws on the experience of staff and consultants with expertise in environmental health science and policy development, epidemiologic and literature review research, multicultural health and literacy education, and health care consulting to provide a full range of services to promote environmental health programming. Since its inception in 1989, the Center has worked on national, international, regional, and local initiatives supporting federal agencies, local governments, and private sector health and environmental organizations to promote environmental health. JSI serves as the Secretariat for the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology and the International Society of Exposure Analysis, managing their websites, coordinating and promoting memberships, and assisting with event logistical support.

Fuels/Technologies: Solar
Piloted use of solar energy in international health centers.
Sectors of Experience: Agriculture
Behavior Change
Education
Environment
Forestry
Gender
Health
Infrastructure
Rural Development
Small Business
Water
Other
Medical waste management, environmental health, collaboration, environmental justice, resident leadership, research
Countries of Operation: Dominican Republic
El Salvador
Haiti
Honduras
Mexico
Nicaragua
Bolivia
Brazil
Ecuador
Guyana
Paraguay
Peru
Benin
Botswana
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cameroon
Central African Republic
Chad
Republic of the Congo
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Djibouti
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Ghana
Guinea
Kenya
Lesotho
Liberia
Madagascar
Malawi
Mali
Mauritania
Mozambique
Namibia
Niger
Nigeria
Rwanda
Senegal
Sierra Leone
South Africa
Sudan
Swaziland
Tanzania
Togo
Uganda
Zambia
Zimbabwe
Azerbaijan
Egypt
Iraq
Jordan
Morocco
Pakistan
Turkey
Yemen
Bangladesh
Cambodia
China
India
Indonesia
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Nepal
Philippines
Sri Lanka
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
United States
Armenia
Georgia
Moldova
Romania
Ukraine

Our Experience And Interest In The Four PCIA Central Focus Areas

Social/Cultural barriers to using traditional fuels and stoves:

JSI implements public health and environmental health initiatives using culturally appropriate and community driven approaches emphasizing capacity building and collaboration. JSI has supported water and sanitary health improvements from social marketing household and community level projects to coordinating broad alliances among private partners and agencies including the CDC and the World Health Organization. JSI provided technical assistance to a Ugandan NGO, Conservation Through Public Health, that receives GH funding to support linked human health (including TB, hygiene and family planning), livelihoods and environment (wildlife and habitat conservation) interventions. Activities we conducted as a subcontractor to the U.S. AID Environmental Health Activity included convening a major indoor environmental air conference held in Washington, D.C. JSI activities led to formation of the Voahary Salama (VS) Consortium in Madagascar. Sustained by foundation support from Packard, JSI assisted VS as they launched The Madagascar Green Healthy Communities Project (MGHC) in 2004 which used an integrated approach to improve health status and enhance food security using regional best practices that also protect the environment. JSI helped MGHC form working partnerships with 10 local NGOs to improve agriculture, income generation, and social mobilization actions in nutrition, immunization, hygiene and sanitation, waste management, use of child and mother health cards, drinking water treatment, malaria prevention, and family planning. We designed a social marketing approach called “Champion Communities” promoted by partners, in which communities set targets in multiple domains and held communal celebration of achievements. This successful approach was “scaled up” by partners to operate in 100 villages and 33 communes.


Market development for improved cooking technologies:

We are seeking to utilize our worldwide network of health projects to promote changes in cooking technologies to improve indoor air.


Technology standardization for cooking, heating and ventilation:

We partner with governmental and non-governmental organizations in country and from the United States to convene stakeholders and provide technical assistance.


Indoor air pollution exposure and health monitoring:

Our experience in air monitoring has been conducted in collaboration with the EPA and environmental consulting firms. We assist communities, including residents, to understand and use air monitoring data.

Relevant Publications or Studies

JSI produces content for and maintains all of the public websites supported by Global Health including the GH website, http://www.usaid.gov/our_work/global_health/. On the site’s Environmental Health section one can find profiles by US AID about issues of acute lower respiratory infections associated with exposure to indoor smoke from cooking and biomass fuels.

Below are JSI publications, many of which are available for free download from our website: http://www.jsi.com

Madagascar: Scaling Up Across Sectors: The Growth of the Population-Health-Environment Program

Environment and Health: Learn About the Environment Where You Live. Protect the Health of Your Family and Community

From Confrontation to Collaboration: A Case Study of the Dow Chemical Company Hazardous Waste Site

Community Best Practice Models on Asthma and the Environment: A Resource for New Hampshire Communities

The Lawrence Campaign Leadership Story: Reducing Air Toxics Through Compliance Assistance for Spanish Speaking Auto Body Shop Workers in Lawrence, Massachusetts

Ritual Use of Mercury: Assessment and Education Project Report

The Change Agent (Issue #10): Connections to Our Environment

Our Contribution to the Partnership

We look forward to learning from a membership in PCIA, distributing information to our field offices, and supporting initiatives in countries where we work.