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…

Ready or not here we come!

I can’t believe we leave for Texas in one week! This semester has been such a whirlwind! I feel like I just applied to come on this trip and now here I am, two months and three midterms later, about to leave. And while I’ve spent the past few weeks preparing – researching the region,…

No Hablo Espanol

In undergrad I studied Biology and Anthropology, which had a big influence on my decision to go into public health. As I see it, public health is in the intersection of those two majors. Disease transmission, risk, and overall health are all influenced by cultural factors. Before trying to impose a public health intervention one…

…Next Stop: Rio Grande Valley, Texas

I am looking forward to visiting the Rio Grande Valley area in Texas next week for so many reasons. The last time I was in Texas, I stayed in Austin for a research conference. After a background search on the  Rio Grande valley, I am certain that my trip there will be completely different from my visit…

Relationships

The relationship between before a trip and after a trip is interesting. You want to think into the future, and think about what you will be like after a trip is over. You want to think about all of the things you have gained from the trip and how much you have changed, for the…

Surprises

While I prepare to participate in a week long public health practice field experience in South Texas, I am particularly struck by how many surprises I have encountered thus far. On the first day of class, we were asked by our instructor to write down a list of words that came to mind when we…

Wastewater: Resource or Plague?

(version en Español) It’s one thing to watch a scientific presentation about untreated wastewater from Mexico City, which is used to irrigate crops in a 400-square-mile valley north of the city. It’s another to stand beside a canal in that valley and inhale the stench of thousands of gallons of untreated wastewater as they gush…

What It Takes

Joseph Eisenberg, chair of SPH’s Department of Epidemiology, has been doing global work for more than 20 years. He is engaged in a long-standing project in Ecuador to assess the health impacts of a new highway in a formerly isolated part of the country. In Mexico, he’s collaborating on an impact study of a new…