April Monroe

Master of Science in Public Health degree candidate

Bachelor of Arts, Washington University in Saint Louis

Majors: Psychology; African/African American Studies
Minor: Women and Gender Studies

United States of America

Social and Behavioral Interventions (SBI) in the Department of International Health

What are your career goals?

A primary goal is to increase community involvement in the design, implementation and management of public health interventions in developing countries. I hope to use the skills I gain in the SBI program to create more effective, appropriate, and lasting health programs which fully utilize local knowledge and resources.

What sparked your interest in global health?

As an undergraduate at Washington University in St. Louis I became interested in the complexity of public health and the interplay between health and social, cultural, biological and environmental factors. As an intern with Women Fighting AIDS in Kenya I was able to witness these connections firsthand and saw how local knowledge and resources can be used to effectively address public health issues in developing countries. This experience sparked a lasting passion for a career in public health and inspired me to pursue service as a Peace Corps Community Health Volunteer in Morocco.

How do you see yourself making a difference in public health because of the Global Health Scholarship?

The Global Health Scholarship provides an invaluable opportunity to build upon my experiences in international health and to develop the skill set necessary to improve health program design, implementation and evaluation in developing countries. I feel very grateful to have the opportunity to study public health at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and to be a part of such an incredible collaboration within the Center for Global Health.

Who inspires you and why?

From youth in New York City to HIV positive women in Nairobi to primary school children in rural Morocco, I have never ceased to be amazed by the people with whom I have worked.  I am truly inspired by the profound potential of people from underserved communities to improve their own lives and the lives of others when given the opportunity.

People

Yukari C. Manabe, MD

Associate Director of Global Health Research and Innovation

Joanne Katz, ScD MS,BSc

Associate Chair, Director of Academic Programs

Stefan Baral, MD MPH,MBA,MSc

Director, Key Populations Program

Noreen Hynes, MD MPH

Director, Geographic Medicine Center of the Division of Infectious Diseases

Robert Bollinger Jr., MD MPH

Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education (CCGHE); Associate Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Global...

Caitlin Kennedy, PhD MPH,BA

Co-Director, MPH concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health; Associate Director, Center for Qualitative...
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Projects

Nutrition Innovation Lab

"Poshan", which means good nutrition in Nepali is ongoing research that involves two interlinked large-scale research studies...

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Building an Enabling Environment for Vaccines in India...

This project, now in its second phase, aims to create an enabling environment for vaccines in India and contribute to...

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Mpilonhle

Mpilonhle brings multi-dimensional services to adolescents in rural South Africa. Its objective is to reduce the very high...

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Identification and Enumeration of Pathogens in Drinking...

CWH researchers are using polymerase chain reaction and mass spectrometry technologies to develop a microbial isolation and...

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