Lessons Learned

  Well, the week is over and we’re headed back north to the cold and snow. Back to our bubble that is Ann Arbor and to learn more about the research and public health skills necessary to do the work we accomplished this week. I am so thankful, proud, and happy to have spent my…

The Big Stuff

  They say that everything is bigger in Texas. The food, the hair, the hats, even the animals in Texas are supposedly bigger. More important than any of that, Texas seems to have big health inequalities. Throughout the past few weeks while I have been preparing to travel to Texas with my class I have…

Posters Tell a Story

Mexico is a nation in transition—from low- and middle-income to middle- and high-income. As U-M SPH alumnus and former Mexican minister of health Julio Frenk said recently, “Mexico, like a lot of middle-income countries, has been experiencing the most intense health transition in human history.” In many ways, Mexico is emblematic of what’s known as…

These Aren’t Butterflies

Photo: Catching mosquitoes with butterfly nets is easier than you’d think. Shake out the curtains, set a mosquito flying, and swing the net around a few times. Then check the net to see if your hunt was successful. This morning as I walked through campus at Prince of Songkhla University (PSU) in Hatyai, Thailand, I…

Adjusting to the Heat

The morning we arrived in Bangkok, Thailand, the military instituted martial law. The day we arrived in Hat Yai, there was a military coup. Sunset view from the 5th floor over HatYai, Thailand Interestingly enough, this is not the first, nor the second or third coup in recent Thai history. Which might explain why our…