Next Stop Grenada

It feels like yesterday I was petitioning to get into this class, but in less than 7 days I will be in Grenada starting the field portion of my Public Health in Action course. For the past few weeks, I’ve been fortunate to work with some great colleagues, Melissa and Quanshay, who are Master’s students…

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.…

Mississippi Musings

When I think of Mississippi, I think of cotton fields and confederates; civil war and slavery; and “Strange Fruit” by Billie Holiday. So why on earth would I, a black immigrant woman, want to go to a place that I see this way? I’ve found myself at a crossroads: part of me not wanting to…