Leadership

The last day of my stay in Costa Rica came too quickly. Soon I was back in Los Angeles, California, away from the lush green forests of southern Costa Rica and away from the wonderful people I had met during my stay. From signing in health fair attendees to visiting local coffee farms, this experience…

Coffee Harvesting and Fútbol

Cultural competence is a topic that has come up often in my work with Hands for Health. When planning these reproductive education sessions it is important to be mindful of the population that I will be serving. I am currently working in San Vito, a small city near the southern border of Costa Rica. The…

A town hidden in clouds

Ding came from the front of the plane signaling that the door was open and my time in Costa Rica had begun. I quickly made my way through the airport and outside into the city of Alujaela where the San Jose International Airport is situated, close to San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. I…

Happiest Place on Earth

¡Hola! My name is Agnes Premkumar and I am a rising second year medical student at the Keck School of Medicine at USC. I have always had a passion for global health; I am especially interested in understanding the intersection of public health and health care in areas far away from academic centers and hospitals,…

The Going Gets Rough

Buhoma is a smally, lively town with a bustling thoroughfare that leads straight into Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. A constant whir of people, animals, and motorbikes crisscross the winding road, making this tiny locale feel more like a humming engine than a pastoral agricultural backwater. Gorilla Conservation Camp, my temporary home, sits on a hill…

Into the Jungle

My time in Buhoma can be divided into three very distinct activities: data collection, waiting for the rain to stop, and learning about all things gorilla. The last part, though not as intriguing as waiting out storms, was a challenging foray into a side of planetary health that I was unfamiliar with. After a week…

The Roads are Poor

“The roads are poor,” says my assistant Akampurira Cleophues from his perch on the front of the motorbike. Gripping the pillion, I manage to grunt an acknowledgement through clenched teeth before skidding down another rain-washed ravine. A quick Twitter search for “Kanungu” and “road” leads to dozens of posts talking about “another accident” or how…

The Pearl of Africa

Agandi! My name is Miles Lambert-Peck. I am a recent Master of Science in Social Entrepreneurship graduate and a current Master of Public Health student at the University Southern California.  Last night at 11:00pm, I touched down at Entebbe airport in central Uganda. Mildly delirious from the fourteen-hour plane ride from Geneva, my ambitious plan…

Talking Community Mobilization and Advice for Students Entering the Field

In May 2019, I had the opportunity to travel to Geneva, Switzerland and not only attend the World Health Assembly, but also meet with individuals from various global health organizations. This was an excellent culmination of my Master of Public Health studies at the University of Southern California where I concentrated on Global Health and…

Global Health with a Sexual and Reproductive Health Focus in Geneva

As a Master of Public Health student with the University of Southern California and an adolescent reproductive health educator in Southern California, I was excited by the opportunity to join the Global Health Governance and Diplomacy in Practice course to Geneva for the 72nd World Health Assembly. Along with fellow MPH students and global health…

Global Health Policy and a Little Bit of Frankenstein Fun in Geneva

My name is Liz Frank and I am currently a first-year MPH student at the University of Southern California. When I first heard of the opportunity to visit Geneva and attend the 72nd World Health Assembly for course credit ((PM 589: Global Health Governance and Diplomacy in Practice in Geneva), I knew it was something…