Glenn and Susan Brace and James and Catherine MacPhaille endowed this award to honor their teacher and friend, Sister Bridgit Haase, whose dedication, service and mentorship extended through connections and over time to multiple individuals and communities.
The Sister Bridgit Haase CGH Scholar Award supported three outstanding scholars in 2017. Emerson Aviles (MPH), Samuel Case (CLAS), and Gloribel Bonilla (MPH) conducted a project on Type 2 Diabetes at the Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE) in the Dominican Republic. Their work, mentored by two new UVA faculty mentors, will facilitate additional opportunities in rural and urban communities in the region.
In 2016, Yolande Bertille Pokam Tchuisseu, Mariana Forero, and Hala Al Kallas, all in the College of Arts and Sciences, were awarded the binaural Sister Bridgit Haase Center for Global Health University Scholars. Their project, "Determining the Cultural Acceptability and Feasibility of Self-Screening for Cervical Cancer in Bluefields, Nicaragua.” draws on the work of UVa faculty mentor, Emma Mitchell, in the School of Nursing.
Cervical cancer is considered one of the most preventable, curable forms of cancer; it is also the most common cancer for women in Latin America and the Caribbean and a leading cause of death.
Multiple screening methods exist, but are limited in accessibility. An NGO called PATH piloted the self-collection for HPV DNA testing, which is an innovative and potentially cost-effective method of cervical cancer screening with accuracy comparable to gold-standard methods. This project evaluates requisite preliminary questions of cultural acceptability and feasibility based on regionally available resources.