An Insider Outsider Perspective

“Community used to be a central unit where everyone was concerned about well-being but now we become more centralized and don’t know what is happening with our neighbors”-overheard at our community presentation in Cleveland, MS Coming into Clarksdale, I caught myself enthralled in the rich blues history and culture here. I was excited to explore…

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…

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…

Saying Goodbye to the Valley

At 5:30 a.m. on Saturday I flew out of McAllen airport, leaving the Rio Grande Valley behind. It was definitely bittersweet. I was happy to be heading home, as I’ve been traveling for awhile, but my thoughts were still with the students and people I had met in the valley. Now I am back here,…

Omukazi Namagara

My work this week has been in the community, meeting women, health workers, and Village Health Team members to learn about barriers to emergency obstetric care for the residents of this small, rural corner of the country. We have been talking a lot about obstetric fistula, which is a problem estimated to affect only 2%…

Presenting Data in a Unique Way

This past week has been filled with a plethora of opportunities for skill acquisition, community engagement, and relationship building with current and future leaders in the public health field.  Furthermore, the ways in which my team engaged in public health activities at the community level and the relationships I have formed with students, faculty, and…