Global Health Fellows

                The 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 three Global Health Fellows who are serving for one year at St. Joseph Clinic from June 2014 to July 2015:

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 Li Chen graduated from Duke University in May 2014, with a baccalaureate degree in Public Policy and Global Health. Through coursework and fieldwork, she studied and worked with health disparities in India, China, and Kenya. Li interned at the Duke Division of Community Health, served as an officer of Duke Partnership for Service’s Global Health Team, and co-directed an organization that provides HIV testing for Duke students and Durham residents in a local college. She also volunteered in the Dominican Republic and helped raise funds for cleft lip and palate surgeries for children in developing countries through Operation Smile. Li has taught nutrition and reproductive health courses, examined ways to encourage women in remote areas to deliver their babies at health centers, and managed data collection and analysis, all experiences that she is putting to good use in Thomassique.

 

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 Adam Kraus graduated from Dartmouth College in June 2014 with a baccalaureate degree in Anthropology modified with Global Health, and a Biology minor.  He served as Co-President of GlobeMed at Dartmouth, educating students about global health issues and raising funds to improve health in underdeveloped countries.  Adam spent a semester working with and training community health workers in Peru, and time  working with a women’s association in Thailand to strengthen community projects.  He is also Co-Founder of Cover The Globe, Inc., an organization that works to eradicate HIV/AIDS in refugee populations in Botswana and neighboring countries.  He is interested in developing best practices for assessing the impact that health-related programs have on the health of populations.


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 Caroline Vines graduated from the University of Virginia in May 2013 with a B.A. in Human Biology (an interdisciplinary bioethics program) and earned her Masters in Public Health from that same institution in May 2014.  As Vice President of UVA’s Global Public Health Brigades, she led a public health trip to Honduras to help construct water pilas (retainer basins), eco-stoves, showers, and latrines.   She was the lead researcher on a project to examine the effect of waste disposal methods on the quality of groundwater in Panama.  Caroline led a team of students to assess and improve point-of-use water filtration in Guatemala.  Her experience with using qualitative and quantitative methods to evaluate health programs is being put to good use in documenting the impact that Medical Missionaries programs are having on the quality of health in Thomassique.

 

The Medical 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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