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MPH/PhD alumna, Anthropology, Infectious Diseases and Microbiology

I lived in two tiny villages (about 200 people each) in Guinea, West Africa. My first village was a Kissi village in the rainforest. I trained student health workers in HIV/AIDS education and prevention. I taught health education to primary and secondary school students. I provided information to community members on prenatal care, child nutrition, family planning, and STI/AIDS prevention. My second home was a Malinké village in the savannah. In my second village, I focused mainly on issues related to malnutrition and aided in the execution of a malnutrition clinic. I also taught health education in an all girls’ technical school.

After serving as a health volunteer, I wanted to continue my education in the public health field. An MPH will allow me to go back to Africa and continue the work that I began many years ago. I am focusing in HIV/AIDS education and prevention.

Annie with her host family during a celebration for a baptism
Annie with her host family during a celebration for a baptism

Neighborhood kids pounding rice
Neighborhood kids pounding rice

Annie’s hut and cat
Annie’s hut and cat

Singing health education songs with villagers
Singing health education songs with villagers

Making mud stones
Making mud stones

Annie with village women following a health class about vaccinations
Annie with village women following a health class about vaccinations

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