A World of Good
In the summer of 2011, Priscila Bercea, M.P.H. '12, undertook a three-month internship in rural Kenya with Global Hope Network International, an emergency relief and development organization that works with the world's "hidden and hurting." Bercea conducted a health assessment in four villages near Isiolo, a desert town not far from the Somali border, and helped train community health workers. As her photographs, shown here, suggest, Bercea's work was also part of a broader project—the deepening of human relationships across geographic, cultural, social, and economic divides.
Internships like this, says Bercea's SPH advisor Mark Wilson, professor of epidemiology, exemplify current approaches to global health, where the emphasis is on partnerships among academic, government, NGO, and community entities, and the goal is to develop sustainable solutions to complex health issues.
Tom Robins, director of Global Public Health at SPH, says experiences like Bercea's are crucial to the training students receive at Michigan. "This kind of global work gives students a much broader picture of what's going on," he says, "both in terms of health effects, but especially in terms of policies and solutions. It gives them a larger universe of solutions and approaches to consider, both at home and abroad."
Unless otherwise noted, photography by Priscila Bercea