I worked alongside Dr. Joshi this past summer as an assistant researcher investigating how nutrition affects Metabolic Syndrome. This was my first real experience in a research position and Dr. Joshi was very accommodating to my specific needs in terms of how to approach my research. He has taught me so much, well beyond from what I have learned about my topic through my research process. He went above and beyond, taking time out of his busy schedule to not only teach me about how to conduct proper research and how to write a research paper, but to also share his values and remarkable life experiences with me. He is truly an inspirational man and is wholeheartedly dedicated to his students. He is committed to providing his students the tools they need to learn about what they are interested in and works individually with students to tailor his mentorship to their specific needs. He has a devoted passion for both his work and for that of his students.

Without hesitation, he will help anyone who comes his way and receives everyone with open arms. He will not turn a student away, no matter their situation, and is dedicated to their education, knowing that they will in turn do something positive from their experience and newly acquired knowledge. He works tirelessly to complete any job he sets his mind to and never gives up on his personal goals and dreams. He has been an outstanding role model for me and has helped me grow as a person through his teaching skills, inspiring stories, and outlook on life. His intelligence exceeds all expectations in that he has a well-rounded view of the world and is eager to pass on his knowledge, philosophy, and kindness to all. I genuinely value and appreciate the time I was fortunate enough to spend working with Dr. Joshi and the knowledge he has shared with me.

Dr. Ashish Joshi acted as my adviser and mentor during a year long opportunity I took as an Americorps Vista volunteer. Dr. Joshi helped me focus my goals and encouraged me to reflect on what was most important to me as student, a volunteer, and a human being. He introduced me to the world of public health informatics and opened my eyes to the lasting impact a person can make when they care about their work and those around them. He helped me gain my first publication and continued to help mentor me after my year with Americorps as I began my journey into graduate school.

His mentorship and and encouragement helped shape the public health professional I am today.

After spending a year doing research under Dr. Ashish Joshi’s supervision and mentorship, I had the confidence to design, conduct, analyze, and present a master’s thesis that aligned with my professional goals, and I was also familiar with the process for publication. If my only research experiences had been with my graduate program, I do not think that I would have continued to do research,so I am very grateful that Dr. Joshi gave me another example and the skills I needed to become an independent investigator.

I have worked closely with Dr. Joshi for around 2 years and continue to be associated with him. In this world which largely entertains an experienced public health workforce, I am hopeful for fresh graduates as long as people like Dr. Joshi exist. My first professional appointment, as his first research fellow, bears testimony to this fact. I learned as much as I worked with him on grant proposals and publications to creating academic research courses to developing the first public health magazine in India, gaining new perspectives on all aspects of life.

I did literature reviews on the current status of global health informatics over internet. The first twenty-four blogs are recorded using the search engine, Google. The key word used for the search engine are Mobile Health Blogs, Telehealth/Telemedicine Blog, Electronic Health Record Blog, Personalized Health Record Blog, Population Health Decision Support System blog and Public/Population Health Dashboard blog. Each blogs are assessed based on the type of website extension, topics covered, number of contributors to a blog, target audience and social Medias used and its corresponding number of followers and likes.

The research conducted with Dr. Joshi, enriched my experiences in how the paradigm of healthcare is leaning more towards technology services and the expanding role they might play in future. I am currently interning at the Department of Health as a policy intern.

I am Vaani Shah and this coming fall, I will be an incoming freshman studying chemical engineering at the University of Maryland. During the time of my internship with Dr. Ashish Joshi, I was a high school senior actively seeking mentorship and enlightening academic opportunities.

My internship with Dr. Joshi lasted for 6 months in fall of 2016. As an incoming college freshman, Mr.Joshi's mentorship and guidance has provided me with the fundamental principles of conducting research and has helped me solidify my understanding of the scientific process.

My experience with Dr. Ashish Joshi was truly eye-opening. I was fortunate to get engaged in his research project in the slums of New Delhi and greatly opened and contributed towards my perspective towards the factors that influence adequate healthcare access, health education, health promotion, and health status.

My interest in public health grew as a result of this experience. Global health is now my scope in how I aspire to change lives as a physician-scientist. From my experience, I must say that I know, first-hand, some of the issues that India faces and some of the steps that we can take to solve them via the applications of public health research.

I met Dr. Joshi four years ago following my transfer to the University of Nebraska Medical Center, UNMC,as a graduate MPH student in Epidemiology. I must say that those four years have been a rewarding experience for me in my professional career. Dr. Joshi is a mentor, a visionary, an innovator,and a friend. He has a heart for students, and he is definitely one of a kind.

I started working as his Research Assistant within my first few weeks of joining UNMC, and in the two years following that period, I was awarded a graduate assistantship that covered the most of my tuition fees, but more especially I had the privilege to work with research teams on three locally and internationally funded public health research projects in Nebraska, India and Nigeria. Dr. Joshi was the principal investigator on these grants at the Center for global health and development at UNMC. It was indeed very timely owing to my passion for global health. I’ve never seen such a passionate researcher like him.

The experiences I garnered during this process served a great deal in galvanizing my future goals.Following my graduation, I had the privilege of continuing to work with him in multiple capacities as a Research Assistant, and Program coordinator for his online certificate in Population Health Informatics. In these capacities of working for Dr. Joshi, I have watched myself rapidly transform into a seasoned and creative public health professional, with ample potential for more growth. Dr. Joshi’s fervor for entrepreneurship has been very instrumental in encouraging me to set up my NGO, which has been my long term ambition. His innovativeness and enthusiasm towards his field of Population Health Informatics is unparalleled. But most especially, what I will take away from my experience with him is his desire to help students succeed, a true quality of an outstanding mentor. Through listening to his creative ideas, seeing him actualize them and succeed, I have acquired, and am still acquiring a sound understanding of how I can improve public health and on the long term, improve health outcomes in resource-poor settings.

Gabriela Hernandez Santiago was taking non-degree Epidemiology and Biostatistics classes at CUNY SPH, assisting with recruitment, and collecting recruitment data for the final paper titled “Using data to inform decision making in recruitment of prospective public health students”.

I was very fortunate to have Dr. Ashish Joshi as a mentor during my Master in Public Health program, between 2012-2013, at University of Nebraska Medical Center. His passion for public health and disseminating his expert knowledge with students and peers inspires me to this day. I learned many valuable lessons while working with him, especially on developing quality research, and building the necessary partnerships to secure successful outcomes.

Our good work relationship, and his drive for research led to a very productive collaboration and a series of publications to disseminate the outcomes of our projects. He was responsible for shaping my career plans into a global health perspective and teaching me the importance of innovation in the context of primary prevention and healthcare. I continued following that path working at the International Agency for Research on Cancer, in Lyon, France; the Office of International Cancer Control, in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in Atlanta, Georgia; and, now, the U.S. National Cancer Institute - Center for Global Health.

In 2009, I worked with Dr Joshi on a research project that evaluated the accuracy and comprehensiveness of websites concerning the H1N1 influenza pandemic. I came into the project with little experience with research projects in the medical field but managed to contribute and gain valuable experience, thanks, in no small part, to Dr Joshi. Dr Joshi was always available to answer my questions and provide the guidance that I needed without crossing the line into simply micromanaging me. Once I had managed to get acclimated to the project, I was given plenty of room to research on my own and when we met, the atmosphere was always relaxed. Even though the project only lasted four months, the experience was quite valuable and given the opportunity, I would certainly go and work with Dr Joshi again.