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Global Health Affairs

Current Students

GHA students come to Denver from a wide variety of backgrounds. Here, they match their past experiences with the GHA curriculum to help them achieve their career goals in the field of global health. To read more about our current students, see below.

Current GHA First Year Students 

Dana Underwood

Name: David Bopp

Current Program: International Administration, Global Health Affairs Certificate

What aspects of global health most interest you? Through both my experience in the military and my experience as a humanitarian aid worker, I quickly recognized the substantial impact that health oriented projects can deliver. Basic health is one of the most tangible and needed aspects of humanitarian intervention and I can attest to this fact through personal experience. I am convinced that a strong background in health and its application in international provides a clearer understanding of all the diverse factors that influence global health. Because global health issues have a multiplicity of determinants and a complex array of involved institutions, these efforts are often engaged across all sectors, not just the health sector. A basic understanding of global health enables program designers and managers to effectively navigate through the myriad of considerations associated with a variety of projects.

What global health-related projects or research are you currently working on? In my current capacity as the Director of International Disaster Response for a Non-Government Organization, I am often required to engage in initiatives focused on the health of beneficiaries. I have found that all too often many organizations approach health through an extremely narrow lens, primarily focused on traditional public health, and only engaging with institutions that are more traditionally focused on the health sector. I feel that this truly limits the capacity and ability of these organizations.

What are your future plans, and how has GHA helped you prepare for them? I see the Global Health Affairs Program as an important stepping-stone towards my ultimate career objective of improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide by designing and implementing programs through relief and development organizations. Throughout my fieldwork in thirty different countries, I have learned about my own limitations in this capacity. Most of my work has been focused on localized implementation as opposed to creating long-term overall strategies. To become more effective in improving the health of those very people I want to help, I must drastically increase my knowledge base and understanding of long-term effective strategies. The type of education and training I hope to achieve through this program is critical to the objective of effecting strategic planning of humanitarian interventions in my current role as Director of International Disaster Response and any future roles I may pursue.

Stacy Shomo

Name: Della Williams

Current Program: International Development

What aspects of global health most interest you? I am most interested in the cross cultural perspectives of global health as a foundation for sustainable change.  I believe in translating a projective approach to global health initiatives lead by community change makers in the field.

What global health-related projects or research are you currently working on? I am not currently working on any global health-related projects or research.  I recently returned from serving as a community health Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia and I am looking forward to continuing to develop my knowledge and approach to cross cultural global health initiatives while at Josef Korbel.

What are you future plans, and how has GHA helped you prepare for these plans? I am dedicated to sustainable development and believe that global health is at the heart of that discussion.  In the future I hope to work with organizations that recognize the shared process of capacity building and the necessity to mobilize one another to make a change, starting with the health of communities and regions worldwide.

 


Current GHA Second Year Students

 

Stacy Shomo

Name: Jordyn Dinwiddie

Current Program: International Studies

What aspects of global health most interest you? I am most interested in various different forms of cancer. As the global burden of disease shifts away from communicable disease, countries are becoming more financially strapped and ill-equipped to treat these. Assisting in this transition interests me most, but I find all aspects to be intertwined and interesting.

What global health-related projects or research are you currently working on? I am currently an intern at Project C.U.R.E. in the operations department. I help find user manuals for large equipment and procure replacement parts for equipment. This past summer, summer 2015, I interned at Mimir Health Intelligence in Austin, TX. I partnered with a other students, and St.Luke’s Foundation for Haiti. I was able to GIS map intake forms from their cervical cancer clinic. I hope to further this project into other departments at St.Luke’s.

What are you future plans, and how has GHA helped you prepare for these plans? In the future, I would like to do more research and mapping with the St.Luke’s project. I would also like to work within a country for a substantial amount of time. The GHA program provides a great network of classmates with a diverse skill set to learn from, as well as class that will give me a great foundation.

Stacy Shomo

Name: Stacy Shomo

Current Program: International Human Rights, Global Health Affairs Certificate

What aspects of global health most interest you? As I am just starting the GHA program I have yet to determine what most interests me. I know that am interested in the effects of improved water/sanitation on health in poor/developing countries (specifically Latin America), but I have many interests that I hope to narrow down in the coming quarters.

What global health-related projects or research are you currently working on? I am not yet working on any global health related projects.

What are your future plans, and how has GHA helped you prepare for them? I plan to one day work for an NGO that works to improve the health and health care delivery of people in Latin America.

 

Dana Underwood

Name: Dana Underwood

Current Program: International Development, Global Health Affairs Certificate

What aspects of global health most interest you? The aspects that intrigue me most concerning global health are how diabetes type 2 and hypertension have penetrated into developing countries. I feel especially drawn toward how this has affected children, specifically with regard toward nutrition and the amount of sugar that they intake at an early age.

What global health-related projects or research are you currently working on? I am currently not working on any global health-related projects, but in April of 2015 I will be going to Costa Rica to work in a women's and children's hospital in San Jose. I plan to work in and out of the hospital, both tending to patients' needs and proactively promoting community health awareness.

What are your future plans, and how has GHA helped you prepare for them? At this point I do not know what the future will bring in the health-related sense. I feel as though GHA will provide me with the tools, knowledge, and experience that I will be able to apply and utilize in whatever field I go into.

Zach Peters

Name: Zachary Peters

Current Program: International Development, Global Health Affairs Certificate

What aspects of global health most interest you? What interests me most in the field of global health is that we truly have the opportunity to improve health for people on a global scale. Learning about how to set up programs and working with other people in other countries is what I am very excited about. Sharing the knowledge that I will soon learn with the knowledge that other people have learned in their programs is going to be quite fascinating.

What global health-related projects or research are you currently working on? . I am not currently working on any health-related projects or research, but I look forward to beginning on my first project.

What are your future plans, and how has GHA helped you prepare for them? In the future, I would very much like to work with an organization with international goals and focus. The GHA program will provide me with the experience and knowledge that will allow me to thrive in a career with international health in mind.

 

Peter FerraroneName: Peter Ferrarone

Current Program: International Studies, Global Health Affairs Certificate

What aspects of global health most interest you? I am interested in doing research about environmental impacts on global health issues, such as Malaria. However, I am also interested in doing practical- hands on- work with individuals experiencing illness. For example, a dream of mine is to run an HIV/AIDS clinic in Africa.

What global health-related projects or research are you currently working on?  I recently did research about deforestation's effect on Malaria in East Africa. I am working as a research assistant this summer. During the 2013-14 school year, I interned at the Colorado African Organization here in Denver. I worked for their Health Department. I primarily did health education and awareness with the East African refugee community. However, I conducted several focus groups and participated in a program evaluation for a grant review.

What are your future plans, and how has GHA helped you prepare for them? In the future, I am interested in doing research and learning more about the diseases which are endemic in East Africa.

Kara Page

Name: Kara Page

Current program: International Development

What aspects of global health most interest you? I'm interested in social determinants of health, the relationship between health and inequity, and how changing demographics and urbanization affect individuals' relationship with health and access to services. I'm also interested in the intersection between health and security and am working towards a concentration in international security.

What global health-related projects or research are you currently working on? I am currently working on researching and evaluating vaccine delivery systems to locate gaps or areas to improve coverage.

What are your future plans, and how has GHA helped you prepare for them? As a new student I'm excited about the range of interdisciplinary courses that can inform and prepare me for opportunities at the intersection of development, health and security. I hope to gain experience working on a programmatic level for an implementing organization, foundation or multilateral institution and maybe one day working with the WHO.

 

Wynn Walent

Name: Wynn Walent

Current Program: International Studies

What aspects of global health most interest you? The intersection between health and development. Also I'm interested in studying the notion that international institutions are increasingly recognizing the importance of following the lead of local populations, governments, and professionals.

What global health-related projects or research are you currently working on? I work for the St. Luke Foundation for Haiti, a Haitian led organization focused on health, education, community development, and job creation.

What are your future plans, and how has GHA helped you prepare for them? I hope to stay engaged with St. Haiti in the long term and have been honored to serve with and support our Haitian leadership and staff.