Aparna Narendrula - UP M2
Undergraduate: Rice University (2018)
Graduate: London School of Economics and Political Science (2019)
About me: As an undergraduate, I was heavily involved with my community’s refugee population as well as several global health efforts on campus and professionally, including an internship with the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative in Geneva. I majored in economics and minored in sociology, with a goal of using this background in a career focused on reducing inequity. After finishing this degree, I did my MSc in Global Health Policy at LSE, where I had the chance to delve into many issues of equity and global health with an economic perspective. I am passionate about women’s health and want to help maximize health outcomes and equity in a cost-effective and compassionate manner in the US and abroad. My favorite parts of the pathway are the abundant opportunities to learn from professionals working in global health, and the ability to connect with peers who have similar interests.
Kate Lowe - CP M2
Kiera Needham - UP M2
Maddie McKenna - UP M2
Undergraduate: University of Notre Dame (2018)
About me: After graduation, I spent my gap year working as a 3rd grade teacher at a bilingual school in rural Honduras. I've also been heavily involved with local health organizations in that community, and I hope to continue doing so throughout the future. I am incredibly passionate about women's health, and so I would ideally like to spend my career working to improve maternal/child health outcomes in low resource areas such as Honduras (and also here in my local communities). My favorite part of the pathway so far has been hearing from and being inspired by all of our speakers sharing their global health efforts - and of course, the free food at all of our meetings!
Matt Edwards - UP M2
Undergraduate: University of Florida (2012)
Graduate: East Carolina University (2015)
About me: I swapped my wildlife biologist chest waders for a white coat following several years of international travel and work as a park ranger in New Zealand, teacher in Kathmandu, and medical assistant in India. Inspired by my master’s research on developmental abnormalities in the offspring of pesticide exposed frog mothers, I hope to build a career in women’s health that bridges conservation and medicine to address social and environmental injustices in low-resource communities. My favorite parts of the pathway have been the opportunity to connect with like-minded peers and network with local and international global health professionals.
Obichi Onwukwe - UP M2
Sokhna Seck - CP M2
Sophia Toé - UP M2
Undergraduate: Berea College (2017)
About me: As a tricultural person, I’ve always been excited about global issues. I was born to a Moroccan mother, a Burkinabe father and raised mostly in the USA. My experiences gifted me a unique vantage point which attracted me to world medicine. In college, I was involved in the International Model African Union, an experience that sparked my interest in global health advocacy and policies. My college, located in Appalachia, reinforced the motif that poverty affects all communities. Afterwards, I had the opportunity to work in Honduras, where I witnessed the same health disparities that face many countries in Africa. This experience affirmed my desire to make a difference by joining the community of global health advocacy. The World Medicine Pathway has been a perfect fit for me; I love the many opportunities we have to connect with experts and attend conferences. However, my favorite part is the people in the pathway, who are all exceptional and make the experience more meaningful.