Hear it for yourself

My deepest gratitude goes out to the people of the Coahoma, Lafayette and Bolivar counties for sharing their inspiring stories. I don’t think there is really much for me to say. It is not about me. I can’t articulate the stories for them. See what they had to say: ” People are trying to breath, they…

Raised on Delta Dirt

Before we role up our sleeves and delve into working with the communities. I took ample time alone, wandering the city with little agenda, trying to take it all in, rather than me go after it all. It was in these moments that the most spontaneous and insightful conversations arose with locals, it was then…

THC

Lightbulbs and Wellness Centers

Today I had an “ah-ha” moment. I was the equivalent of a cartoon character with a lightbulb over my head. And let me tell you, I’ve been waiting for this moment since the beginning of my studies at the School of Public Health. Let me back up. Today, we visited the James C. Kennedy Wellness…

Population health – what does that mean again?

My many classes at the University of Michigan School of Public Health have taught me how public health researchers identify and evaluate determinants that influence population health outcomes.  This term population health outcomes is one I’ve seen broadly applied to the problems and issues people experience in their everyday lives, and it’s a term I’ve…

Trying not to “go, go, go!”

We are around a week away from beginning our Mississippi adventure! While I’m excited for the new experiences and new people I will meet, I’m also fairly nervous. Mississippi’s demographics are distinct from  the Midwest. The racial makeup is different, yes, but there are many cultural differences that I will need to adjust to also.…

The Crossroads

  Culture Shock: The reaction which follows from not being able to remedy or relate your cultural views to another culture is my definition of this phenomenon.  As I prepare to depart to work in communities in Mississippi and to backpack the world alone, as a Bonderman fellow, culture shock is at the forefront of my…

A Pinch of Nutmeg and Dash of Spice…

Reflecting on this trip, there were a lot of moments to look back on. There were challenges and triumphs, hard work and laughs, and lots of moments to learn from. There are many different things I could write about or discuss but there was one constant thing that we all on the trip realized and…

Bittersweet Endings

In the blink of an eye, I am back in Ann Arbor after an amazing week in Grenada. Luckily, on our arrival we were met with a forecast of great weather for the week, making the nostalgia sting a bit less. More importantly though, I am walking away from this project having learned and grown immensely,…