Interoperability: The similarity that binds

Our very intense work-filled week ended in the island nation of Grenada with an overarching recommendation for social interoperability among the program offices in the Ministry of Social Development and Housing. While presenting the final part of our four-project endeavor for the Ministry I was struck with a certain sense of déjà vu as I…

Walking on eggshells

It was a wonderful and busy week in Grenada. As I return back to lab, my co-workers have been asking me, “What was it like?” That’s not always an easy question to answer.   While we spent weeks learning about the culture and landscape of Grenada, learning in the classroom is different than learning in…

Nut your average spice

Last November I used nutmeg to spice up a pumpkin pie and then I put it away on the back of the shelf where it would sit until next year. This February I traveled to Grenada with PubHealth616. Now, everything has changed. Nutmeg is everywhere in Grenada. You can buy it from the colorful stalls…

Somewhere Over the Rainbow  

Before my trip to Grenada I was concerned about the entire experience. I know from past experience that I do not work well under pressure, and there were still a number of unknowns when we arrived in the country.  And to top it all off…we had a forecast of rain. I was excited to go…

Where’s Quanshay?

In just 5 short days we spoke to almost 200 students at 7 different schools, visited the marketplace, met with 14 teachers, went to the beach, and only managed to lose Quanshay once. Each day, working with the Ministry of Education was different.  Our team was assessing the Health and Family Life Education (HFLE) curriculum.…

First Passport Stamp  

I have never left the country in my 23 years of life. My name is Lauren Murphy-Moore, and I am originally from Iowa City, Iowa. Currently, I am Health Management and Policy student at the University of Michigan School of Public Health pursing a Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA). I am incredibly excited to…

Mr. Mandoo and the Chocolate Factory

I would consider myself spiritual, but not necessarily religious. There have been very few occasions that I have…a feeling. This is a feeling that you are at the exact place you are supposed to be at the right time. I woke up this morning, and I walked outside to the most beautiful view and I…

Let’s Do This.

Compared to last semester, I feel a lot more rooted and comfortable in my role as a student here at UofM after spending nearly the last 3.5 years abroad in rural communities across the globe. Those experiences came with a lot of questions about my role as an American occupying spaces in governmental and nongovernmental…