Graduate and Professional Students Gain Experience with The Carter Center
Opportunities for experiential learning are especially valuable for graduate and professional students interested in development. As part of IDN’s commitment to integrate development scholarship and practice, we work with our partners at The Carter Center to make these opportunities possible for qualified students.
After conducting one of the day’s school assessments, Kim Jensen helps carry buckets of rocks for a community which was constructing the latrines for a school compound in South Wollo, Ethiopia.
This summer, the most recent group of students to receive IDN support is working with The Carter Center’s Health Programs both here and abroad. MPH students Courtney McGuire, Kim Jensen, Stephanie Lambert, Rebekah Schicker, and PhD/MPH student Jen Barr received their awards in late May. McGuire is working with The Carter Center’s Trachoma Program on a collaborative project involving the International Trachoma Initiative, Children without Worms, and the Center for Global Safe Water, in support of WaterAid Ethiopia. McGuire’s project involves soliciting structured feedback from the Ethiopia government and NGO stakeholders for a context-adaptable manual and online toolkit to help water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sector practitioners incorporate neglected tropical disease control into existing WASH programs. Before entering the MPH program, McGuire served as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer assessing, analyzing, and assisting child-nutrition programs in Montana.
Kim Jensen is also working for The Carter Center’s Trachoma Control Program in Ethiopia. Focusing on health education in both schools and communities, Jensen is assessing health-education materials, identifying best practices for implementation, and providing recommendations for improving trachoma control curricula and education materials. Her background teaching children in Central America and Spain makes her especially qualified for her work this summer. Jensen and McGuire are both working on specific areas within trachoma research, but are collaborating and sharing information as their research and results are of interest to The Carter Center’s Trachoma Control Program and its partners.
Stephanie Lambert at the Mental Health Anti-Stigma Journalists’ Workshop.
Stephanie Lambert is working with The Carter Center’s Mental Health Liberia Program, a relatively new program to strengthen mental-health training. Lambert is focusing on the monitoring and evaluation of workshops and in-service trainings, as well as training local staff and partners in data analysis and technology training. She is also assisting with stigma-reduction monitoring. Prior to starting the MPH program, Lambert served as an HIV community health educator in Peace Corps Swaziland, where she trained teachers, designed health curriculums, led a variety of workshops, and evaluated effectiveness of community health centers via survey data.
Rebekah Schicker, with Dr. Neway, one of The Carter Center’s partners in Ethiopia.
Rebekah Schicker is working with The Carter Center’s Malaria Control Program in Ethiopia. She is assessing health needs among migrant workers. Each year 50,000 migrant workers enter the North Gondar Zone of the Amhara Region in Ethiopia during the main agricultural season from June to October. This farming period also coincides with the peak period of malaria transmission, causing the district to experience some of the heaviest malaria burdens in all of Amhara. However, little is known about the behaviors, living arrangements, and migration patterns of migrant farm workers. Schicker is developing a needs-assessment survey and will use the survey to collect data on migrant farm workers. Once this is complete, she will provide recommendations. Schicker is currently an MSN candidate at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and a MPH candidate at Rollins School of Public Health. Prior to this, she helped to provide medical services in low-income communities.
Jen Barr is currently an MPH and PhD candidate in the departments of global health and anthropology. Barr will be in Atlanta this summer working with IDN, The Carter Center, and the Emory College Program in Global Health, Culture, and Society to produce conference proceedings from the “Disease Eradication and Elimination in Theory and Practice: New Directions and Multidisciplinary Collaborations” conference held in April. Barr served as a rapporteur during the conference and played a key role in synthesizing discussions for the highly interactive conference format. The conference proceedings will be shared with conference participants and provide a foundation for future projects and collaborations.
The projects undertaken by these IDN award recipients vary, yet they all sit at the intersection of public health and development. Each student is building on skills learned in the classroom and from past experiences while developing new skill sets—all of which will help prepare them for a future in the workforce solving some of the world’s most complex development problems.