The Medical Missionaries Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship in Global Health offers two recent
college graduates planning on entering the health professions 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 U.S.-Based organization that built and funds the Clinic--and the Clinic's all-Haitian
During their year in Haiti, Fellows
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 four 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 design
and implement projects of their own, shadow the Clinic's physicians, midwives and nurses, work in the Clinic's laboratory
and pharmacy, and assist U.S. medical teams during their visits.
Our 2012-2013 Global
Danielle Baack and John Power are our Global Health Fellows
for 2012 - 2013. They have deferred going to medical school for one year to serve the health needs of the poor at St. Joseph
Clinic in Thomassique, Haiti.
Danielle and John began their Fellowships at St. Joseph Clinic
in June 2012, after graduating from their universities and learning Haitian Creole, the language spoken by the people they
are serving at the Clinic.
Danielle Baack graduated from Arizona State University in May 2012 with a degree
in Economics and a certificate in Arabic Studies.
She also took many pre-medical courses, including
training in biostatistics at North Carolina State University and the Duke Clinical Research Institute, and served as epidemiological
research assistant. Previously, she researched screening methods for post-partum depression in an urban pediatric practice
Her research examined the efficacy of the EPA's Air Quality Index program and the
role of information in public health. Danielle was founder and president of the Arizona State University Coalition for Human
Danielle has volunteered and pursued studies in Hungary, Romania, Morocco, Israel, Palestine,
Togo, Ghana and Mexico. She is fluent in French and Arabic.
A 2011 Truman Scholar, Danielle intends
to pursue a joint MD-MPH program following her Fellowship.
John Power was a pre-medical student who graduated from Johns Hopkins University in May 2012 with a degree
in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience. He served as an intern for Empowerment Health, a non-governmental organization that
works to combat maternal and infant mortality in Kabul, Afghanistan.
He also served as a writer
and editor for The Triple Helix, a journal that brings together issues of science, technology, and society.
John spent a summer working in Kibera, Africa’s second largest slum, for the CDC's Global Disease Detection
program in Kenya. He also researched schizophrenia with the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine's Division of Neurobiology and
the Stanley Division of Developmental Neurovirology.
John grew up in many countries in the developing
world including Jordan, the Philippines, Egypt, and Kenya and is fluent in French.