Lauren graduated with a Master’s in Public Health in June of 2013 and is now headed to Ethiopia on a Fulbright US Student Program grant.
She will be working with World Vision Ethiopia (WVE) in their Maternal Newborn and Child Health division on research and planning for Community-Based Resource Centers that will serve to improve the literacy of young children and adults, as well as provide constructive activities and opportunities for adolescents.
She will also be involved, to a lesser degree, in strengthening WVE support of the national Health Extension Program (HEP), which connects rural communities with health services through high-school educated women trained in healthcare promotion and basic health services. The HEP has been very successful over the past few years at improving childhood immunization rates, reducing the prevalence of malaria and increasing the number of women who deliver with a skilled birth attendant present.
Read about her time in Ethiopia on her blog.