Grenada 2015

PHAST team projects: 


For spring break 2015, PHAST: Grenada partnered with the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health to create capacity building global field experiences for students at both institutions.

The students worked on one of three public health projects:

  • At the Cedar Homes for Abused Women and Children, a PHAST team conducted a training needs assessment with key stakeholders to identify key training areas and modalities.
  • At the Grenada Planned Parenthood Association, a PHAST team examined data and developed an instrument to measure the knowledge, attitudes and perceptions regarding unsafe reproductive health practices.
  • Two students worked at the Grenada Ministry of Education-Drug Control Secretariat to examine gendered expressions of alcohol consumption.

Read about the 2015 bloggers’ experience in Grenada here

Grenada 2015 Bloggers

ndubuizuMy name is Christopher Ndubuizu and I am a second year Health Behavior, Health Education student. I am from Inglewood, CA. I have a passion for creating an equitable food system for all. I am also interested in applying theoretical frameworks to explain the high prevalence of obesity among certain populations. I have a passion for learning and I am always prepared to challenge myself.

As a current HBHE student I am very interested in strengthening my knowledge of how different social determinants of health affect health outcomes within diverse communities, and how understanding these determinants allows health professionals to create tailored interventions to serve these communities. In the future, I hope to create interventions that specifically target populations that are underrepresented in health care in order to increase the knowledge, and improve the health behaviors, of those most affected by certain health conditions (specifically mental health). I am most interested in children’s mental health care in urban settings. View Christopher’s posts.


MalikFarnaz Malik is a second year Master of Public Health (MPH) student, studying Epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She is also pursuing a certificate in Global Health. Farnaz graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Integrative Biology and a minor in Global Poverty and Practice (GPP). Through the GPP minor, she had the opportunity to work for the Women’s Daytime Drop-in Center, which provides resources for homeless women and children in the Bay Area. The position strengthened her passion for healthcare equity and women’s wellness advocacy. This summer, Farnaz worked for the Sustainable Sciences Institute in Managua, Nicaragua, analyzing the health records of children at a local health clinic in order to determine the incidence and seasonality of various disease diagnoses. She is particularly interested in how socioeconomic and demographic factors influence the transmission of and susceptibility to infectious diseases. View Farnaz’s posts.


Elizabeth LyElizabeth Ly is a second year Master of Public Health candidate in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health (UMSPH). In addition to studying General Epidemiology, she is pursuing a certificate in Health Informatics through a UMSPH partnership with the School of Information. Prior to entering UMSPH, Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Science in Integrative Biology and Physiology at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2012. Her public health interests span a wide range of topics including, but not limited to, infectious disease surveillance, social determinants of health, health disparities, community-based initiatives, and dental public health. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, relaxing on the beach, roller skating, and trying out new foods. View Elizabeth’s posts.





lawrenceBianca Lawrence is a second year Health Behavior and Health Education candidate. She began working in the field of public health as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan. As a Brain Behavior and Cognitive Science major with a Pre-Medicine concentration I was very interested in mental health and how it was framed and treated within different communities, both domestically and internationally. During this time I was able to participate in two different public health projects, one in Lusaka, Zambia, which focused on HIV/AIDS education. The other took place in Mbarara, Uganda, which was a public health research project that focused on the connection between HIV/AIDS and women’s reproductive choices. View Bianca’s posts.




langIan Lang is a second-year Master of Public Health student in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education. He completed his undergraduate studies at Grand Valley State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public and Nonprofit Administration with an Emphasis in Community Health. During his time at Grand Valley, he volunteered as a street health outreach worker and organized free, on-campus HIV testing by collaborating with the local health department.  He also served as an AmeriCorps State and National member through the Michigan Service Scholars program. While at the University of Michigan, he has worked as a research assistant for both the University of Michigan Health System and the Center for Managing Chronic Disease. Most recently, he interned at International Peace Initiatives in Meru, Kenya. As an intern, he worked alongside Dr. Karambu Ringera in addressing food insecurity and food injustice using a community-based participatory approach. He is interested in the social determinants of health and reducing health inequities with a specific emphasis in food security, chronic disease prevention, and promoting healthy behaviors among youth. In his free time, Ian enjoys running, being outside, reading, and spending time with family and friends. View Ian’s posts.


hollandMy name is Brianna Holland, a second year HBHE graduate student at UMich! #GoBlue. My public health focus is community health and community health resources, specifically program planning and implementation. View Brianna’s posts.








fooChelsea Foo is a 2nd year master’s student at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. In May, she will complete her MPH in Epidemiology with a Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics. Chelsea received her B.S. in Biology at UCLA. Her research interests include infectious diseases, sexual health, substance abuse, and the evolving role of health information technology. Her master’s summer internship was with Public Health – Seattle & King County, regarding opioid overdose education and community distribution of naloxone. Currently, her research focuses on Hepatitis C infection awareness in the United States. In her spare time, Chelsea enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with her two nieces, ages 2 and 8.  View Chelsea’s posts.



GiraffeDana L. Thomas, MPH, is a Program Manager in the Office of Public Health Practice at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. This is her 13th time leading a PHAST field experience over the past eight years.  View Dana’s posts.









lca.NEW_.CSGmeeting.2.11.14.RGB_Chinyere Neale is the Assistant Director of Global Public Health at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. Her professional interests include sexual and reproductive health and peer education. She also enjoys the arts, film, and the environment. View Chinyere’s posts.