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.