Michelle Jeong.

Humanity and Community Development Projects - West Africa

Project Description

Preston Public Interest Career Fund Recipient

As Michelle has learned through her volunteer experiences and studies at Bowdoin, “inaccessibility to and inequality in healthcare are growing [ever more] topical, especially amongst poverty-stricken populations” around the world. She followed her interest in public health internationally to an internship with Humanity and Community Development Projects Ghana (HCDP), a nonprofit supporting education, public health, and community development projects in Ghana.

“Before working with HCDP, I was under the impression that I would be working on one community project…; however, I was able to do more and learn more than expected.” Michelle participated in multiple projects with distinct partner organizations. At the Volta Regional Hospital, Michelle observed doctor-patient interactions and learned about the structure of Ghanaian healthcare institutions. “Oftentimes, I caught myself comparing Ghana’s healthcare to that of the United States. It made it difficult to stay open-minded….The best way to overcome this was to fully immerse myself into the culture.” Michelle also helped found the Akadi Educate Project, aiming to provide funding to promising yet underserved senior high students to continue their education. Interviewed potential students, “then proceeded to fundraise for these scholarships by creating a website and producing a video.”

The intersectional approach of Michelle’s internship helped her refine her career goals: “Initially, I was interested in [a career in] public health; however, I would like to combine public health and law by focusing on environmental law and its implications on public health in different countries.”

Project Details

  • Date July 19, 2016
  • Tags 2016, Africa, Healthcare, Preston, Social Service, Sophomore

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