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Learning What Motivates Community Health Workers in Mozambique

Just as my time in the serene, seaside town of Vilankulo, Mozambique is coming to a close, our project is getting ready to launch. My practicum is with Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE) in collaboration with Cornell University, and I’m working on a project called Começando Saudável that will pilot performance based financing (PBF). The overarching goal is to help improve services in the area of prevention of vertical transmission of HIV. Supported by a two-year grant, the first year of the project focused on investigating the barriers to care experienced by pregnant women living with HIV and…

Looking Back, We First Years Have Come A Long Way

By Lindsey Wahlstrom, MPH ’14 in the Department of Epidemiology After finishing my final exam, I was flipping through my long-neglected emails and came upon a request from the Communications Office at Mailman asking if I would be willing to write a blog post reflecting upon my first year as a Columbia MPH student.  My initial reaction was a wholehearted: “Yes, of course!” I’ve always found it easier to type my thoughts and reactions rather than speak them.  With the delete key a mere pinky-stretch away, I feel more secure that I can do justice to my experiences as I…

Targeting Obesity in a NYC Public School: My Practicum Experience

Christine Raper, MPH ’13 in Sociomedical Sciences With a background in psychology, education, leadership, and now public health, I have always had a passion for teaching others. I previously worked with students in all grades of the K-12 sector and at colleges and universities, so I have always been interested in how people learn information and apply the knowledge they have attained. At the beginning of my second semester at Mailman, I was able to find a practicum experience that perfectly matched my personal and professional interests. In January 2012, I began a one-year practicum at P.S./I.S. 187 Hudson Cliffs…

A Circus with Some Seriously Good Eats

By Willow Yonika, RN, MPH’12 in the Department of Health Policy and Management I knew I had overcome a major barrier to my work last summer when Katie, the head cook for the circus came up to me one day on the job and out of the blue said she was so appreciative of the food she and her staff were working with this year. She said it was like giving an artist proper tools- it excites them, and makes them want to create better art. For my practicum last summer, I worked for a traveling circus sourcing local, healthy…

Environmental Health in Buenos Aires’ Shantytowns

By Natasha Chiofalo, MPH’13 in Environmental Health Sciences The Matanza-Riachuelo, or “slaughter stream” in English, is a river in Buenos Aires so contaminated it is flammable. I first learned about this extreme industrial pollution in 2007 during a trip I took to Argentina after college. When I mentioned to people that I received my bachelor’s in Environmental Studies, they jokingly told me to go work in the Matanza-Riachuelo where my help could be used. Ironically, it sounded like my kind of place. Health, well-being, and helping others have always held an important place in my life, especially as they relate…