Global Health Fellows
Medical Missionaries Global Health Fellowship offers two recent college graduates, graduate students, or professionals interested
in global health the opportunity to gain experience in health care delivery in a developing country. Fellows spend one year
in Thomassique, Haiti, working at St. Joseph’s Clinic, where they act as liaisons between Medical Missionaries—the
US-based organization that built and provides funding for the Clinic—and the Clinic’s all-Haitian staff. The Fellowship
begins in June and ends in July of the following year. (To
learn more about the Fellowship program, visit our Fellowship Application page.)
During their year in Haiti, Fellows serve as prime contact between Medical Missionaries’ U.S. headquarters and St. Joseph
Clinic in Thomassique. They coordinate several health and community projects involving Community Health Workers, traditional
birth assistants, mobile clinics, water purification, malnutrition, salt iodization, and education. Fellows also work with
community leaders to implement innovative health programs in Thomassique and six outlying villages. Fellows also fulfill a
variety of administrative functions, including medication tracking, helping organize the Clinic and facilitating logistics
for visiting teams of U.S. physicians and surgeons. In addition to these responsibilities, Fellows have the opportunity to
shadow the Clinic’s physicians, midwives, and nurses; work in the Clinic’s laboratory and pharmacy; and assist
U.S. surgeons during their visits.
Meet our Global Health Fellows who will be serving for one year at St. Joseph Clinic from June 2015 to July 2016:
|Michael Wu graduated from Rutgers University in 2013 with a Bachelor degree in Nutritional Sciences. He is
currently pursuing an International Masters degree in Global Health and Development at Taipei Medical University. Michael
lives in East Brunswick, New Jersey and Taipei City, Taiwan.|
Michael worked in a rural village in Uganda, staffing
an outpatient nutrition center, caring for malnourished children, and teaching good nutrition and sanitation to mothers.
He has also studied determinants of childhood nutrition and malnutrition, conducted maternal and childhood surveys, served
as a nutritional assistant at a U.S. hospital, and worked as a laboratory technician.
Michael’s goal is to
work for a humanitarian organization dedicated to reducing maternal and child mortality rates in developing countries through
Frederique Jean-Baptiste graduated from St. Joseph College in 2009 with a Bachelor degree in Chemistry. She
completed her Masters in Public Health at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center School of Public Health in 2012. She is
currently a candidate for a Doctoral degree in Public Health at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Frederique lives in Brooklyn
and has lived at times in Haiti.
Frederique has worked as a researcher on health disparities at the Brooklyn Health
Disparities Center. She is also an Instructor at the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, where she has planned and
evaluated programs for the Health Service Academy and other community-based organizations. She has also worked at the
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where she provided research support for studies of immigrant and minority cancer patients.
Missionaries Global Health Fellowship is open to recent graduates of U.S. colleges and universities who intend to pursue careers
in medicine and/or public health. This year, there were 135 applicants for the position. The Fellows had an orientation
program from January through May 2014, including learning to speak Creole, and reported for duty in mid-June. We are
grateful to these dedicated individuals for all that they do to improve the health of the people of Thomassique.
To learn more about the Fellowship program, visit our Fellowship Application page.
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