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 Perfect Balance

As another snowstorm blows through Michigan, I go to my closet and fish out the snow boots I prematurely (optimistically!) put away a few weeks ago. Winter has played tricks on us this year, vacillating between deceivingly warm days that make you think, “Spring came early!” and harsh, windy days that jolt you back to…

Learning Through Conversation

Before arriving in Grenada, I was a tad anxious about conducting one-on-one qualitative interviews with locals at the market. As an epidemiologist, I’m used to numbers, quantitative methods, and structured questionnaires. Furthermore, I was nervous about how to best strike up conversation with a population I knew little about.  But the beauty of qualitative research…

Phenomeno-what?!

Today, my teammates and I began conducting interviews using a phenomenological approach. Not familiar with this word “phenomenological”? Neither was I until about a year ago. Phenomenological research, when broken down, means the study of a phenomenon. The study that my teammates and I will be working on while in Texas aims to gain insight…