Home Sweet Home

It was finally my last day in Vietnam. The night before, I went to dinner with my research team and medical students to celebrate the successful conclusion of the data collection phase of the research study. We laughed over our shared experienced and wished we had more time to be together. Packing my bags alone…

Reality of Research

When it comes to traumatic injuries, a person’s first thought in America is call 9-1-1. We have absolute trust in the pre-hospital medical system and rely on EMS providers who are always ready at a moment’s notice to render care. However, what happens in areas where providers, resources and training are not as readily available?…

Unfamiliar & Full of Adventure

I stepped off the plane in Vietnam at 10:30pm. As I exited the airport, my senses were flooded with new information. Clashing scents of delicious food and thick smog filled my nose. Blurred by the pouring rain, flashing colorful lights lit up the hazy street. Warring taxi drivers shouted Vietnamese prices, offering to drive me…

Việt Nam: Preparing for Departure

Xin chào! My name is Jonathan Robinson, I am a current MPH student at USC in the global health leadership track. This past summer, for my practicum project I traveled to Hanoi, Vietnam to partner with Hanoi Medical University (HMU) to conduct a six-week retrospective research study on traumatic injuries and the use of emergency…

I’m ‘Ghana’ Challenge the Status Quo

In Ghana, about 840,000 people live with some form of disability and 25% of them are children under the age of nineteen. Thus, 210,000 children in Ghana live with visual, hearing, physical, emotional, or intellectual disabilities, all of which fall under the category of developmental delays or limits. Research regarding the stigma and misconceptions that…

Nĭ hăo and Adiós: Lifeguarding in China and Nicaragua

This past April, I had the unique opportunity to work as part of back-to-back project teams for the International Lifesaving Association (ISLA) to China and Nicaragua. The projects took me across two completely different continents, time zones, climates, languages and cultures. Amongst the clashing differences between these two communities and my own, we remain united…

Keeping in Touch in Malawi

For the last 8 months, I’ve been running a study using data from Malawi to help explore the effectiveness of global aid.