Meet Lauren McKinley and Emily Rude

Community-Based Participatory Needs Assessment and Quality Improvement Training Implementation for Children with Special Needs at an Adoption Transition Home in Addis Ababa
Photo Credit: 2015, CGH Scholars, Lauren McKinley and Emily Rude, Ethiopia



In Ethiopia, we were not only able to put our academic learning into practice, but we were able to contribute ...The staff members and children at the transition home taught us about their country and their passions, and they became true friends.

- Lauren McKinley and Emily Rude, Clinical Nurse Leader Masters Students, University of Virginia School of Nursing

This study took place at the America World Adoption Association (AWAA) Transition Home (TH) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It was designed as a community-based participatory needs assessment in order to elucidate the needs of the TH staff and future work or research opportunities, especially regarding care for the children with special needs.  Staff members of the home were interviewed on several topics, including the perceived strengths and needs of the TH, current physical and emotional care, and their ideas and opinions for future projects and research.