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Notes from the Field 2015

Students Making a Difference

Lake Victoria, photo by Sara Adkins

Wonder what it's like to do global health work in the field as a student?

Learn how these public health students from Colorado State University, University of Northern Colorado, and University of Colorado navigate the world of global health through their blog posts and monthly notes. Follow them as they learn about the challenges and rewards of working on the ground in resource constrained settings, and where everything global happens, the WHO.​ ​​


Summer 2015 Notes

East Africa
Sara Adkins, MPH Candidate at Colorado State University

Tavia (see Tavia's blog below) and I are both MPH students at the Colorado School of Public Health, through Colorado State University. We are also both concentrating in Global Health and Health Disparities.

This summer, we will be taking a class for 3 weeks in Uganda and Rwanda with about ten other people through CU Denver's Global Livingston Institute for international development in East Africa. Following that class, we will both be staying in Uganda to complete our Practicum hours for our MPH degrees.

As the mission of the Global Livingston Institute instructs us to do, we must engage these kinds of experiences by first listening, then thinking, and only after critically engaging in the first two steps, acting.

Learn more about Sara in her blog Gone Girl.

Meagan Cain, MPH Candidate at the University of Northern Colorado

It's been a wild/dusty/humid/loud/ confusing/funny adventure so far and for a country undergoing one of the worst disasters in Asian history, Nepal is quite resilient.

I came into Kathmandu unexpectedly earlier than I had planned. The plan had been to go to India first to scope out Nepal and the stability situation before just showing up, but plans changed.

So instead of eating Chicken Tikka Masala and scoping this whole disaster out from a comfortable distance, I found myself looking over multiple tent cities as we descended into Kathmandu.

I can tell you, honestly, the situation has changed so much from that first day. Shops are opening and people are out and about - the situation is starting to feel more like the Kathmandu I remember.

Meagan has more to share in her blog Girls Moving Mountains.

Megan was recognized for Excellence in Public Health Practice at the 2015 Public Health in the Rockies conference. Congrats Megan!

Meagan has also received a fellowship to work in Africa with CDC's Global HIV Program  - learn more about her opportunity by clicking here.



World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva, Switzerland​
Emma St. Aubin, MPH Candidate at Colorado State University

Last spring I applied for an internship with the World Health Organization on a total whim, never thinking I would actually land the position, until one morning I woke up and saw the acceptance email in my inbox.

I officially began my journey on May 28 to begin working for the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) June 1. I started work slowly by editing some research documents and creating an interactive map of FCTC focal points throughout the world, and moved to writing actual needs assessment reports for tobacco control in various countries.

Learn more about Emma's experiences from June and July.

Emma was also featured in a recent article from Colorado State University - check it out. 



East Africa
Tavia Wolf, MPH Candidate at Colorado State University 

The East Africa International Development course paired with an extended stay to complete my practicum will enable me to acquire knowledge and experience in several key development areas. 

Some of these areas include grass roots community engagement, leadership development, conducting needs assessments, and partnering with both governmental and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

I’m overwhelmed with excitement to see successes and challenges in the fight to minimize health disparities. Ultimately, Uganda will provide the opportunity to learn from a different culture, connect with individuals, and expand the passion I have for international community development.

Read more about Tavia's experiences in her blog Tavia in Africa.​​​​

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