Notes From the Field
Nico Davis is a second year MS student in Epidemiology with a Global Health Concentration. This summer, Nico is working at the Nyanza Reproductive Health Society (NRHS) with a project called the Anza Mapema Study. Anza Mapema is a project that focuses on the sexual health of gay and bisexual men who have sex with men (MSM) in Kisumu, Kenya and the surrounding region. This project will include linking HIV-positive MSM to care for HIV, including antiretroviral therapy (ART) and provide ART adherence programs to encourage the continuation of therapy. In addition to working with outreach and adherence programs, Nico will be working with staff to diagnose and treat STIs other than HIV.
While Nico is working in Kenya, he will be training for the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon and fundraising for Esperanza Health Centers. Nico will share his experiences of living and working in Kenya, while informing others of the health disparities that are a barrier for people to obtain health care both in Chicago and in Kisumu. To learn more about Nico's experiences while in Kisumu, Kenya, feel free to check out his blog here.
Maggie Gallagher is a second year MPH student in Community Health Sciences. This summer, Maggie is traveling to Cuernavaca, Mexico to complete her practicum experience with the Institute of Public Health (INSP) of Mexico. The School of Public Health and the Institute of Public Health in Mexico have an ongoing partnership and this is the fifth year of the student exchange program. Maggie's practicum will be focused on the study, intervention and outreach of Human Papillomavirus (HPV). To learn more about Maggie's experiences while in Cuernavaca, feel free to check out her blog here.
Obehi Ilenikhena is a second year MPH student in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (EOHS), concentrating in water quality and the Global Health Concentration. This summer, Obehi is working for the Safe Water and AIDS Project (SWAP) in Kisumu, Kenya. SWAP's mission is to improve the quality of life of the vulnerable in the community by building their capacities and supporting them to develop profitable health oriented micro enterprises.
Obehi will have the opportunity to work with SWAP and conduct research that will lead to implementation and evaluations of approaches used to improve access to safe and reliable drinking water in communities. To learn more about Obehi's experiences while working with SWAP and exploring Kisumu, Kenya, feel free to check out her blog here!
Alyson Klausing is a second year MPH student in Community Health Sciences with a Global Health Concentration. This summer, Alyson will be traveling to Phalombe, Malawi to complete an internship at the Kamuzu College of Nursing, University of Malawi. Alyson will be working on an HIV prevention study called A Community-Based Model for HIV Prevention and Testing in Malawi where a peer group intervention for adolescent women in secondary school will be evaluated. To learn more about Alyson's experience and follow her journey in Malawi, check out her blog here!
Mayuko Takamiya is a second year MPH student in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. This summer, Mayuko will have the opportunity of collaborating with SHARE India and Chaithanya Mahila Mandali (CMM) to study food insecurity and medication adherence among female sex workers with HIV in Hyderabad, India. To learn more about Mayuko's experience and follow her journey in Hyderabad, check out her blog here!