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Being granted the opportunity to work collaboratively with our Ministry of Health partners, I was given the chance to apply the concepts of my Masters of Public Health graduate program to real, substantive research.
The University of Virginia's Center for Global Health promotes health in resource-limited settings by fostering the commitment of students, faculty and partners from many disciplines to address the diseases of poverty.
The photo was taken at the Kimironko Market in Rwanda. Locals gather here to buy all their fresh produce and essentials. I visited often to buy mangos from Brenda, the woman in the center of the photo. I was struck by the pride each vendor had in the quality of their fruits, vegetables, and meat. The farmers and vendors play an integral role in the health of the people of Kigali.
Extreme climate meets an extreme culture in the village of Minto, Alaska. Here, health depends upon meeting basic needs of shelter to survive the cold. This picture was taken in September when I traveled through Alaska documenting the Northern villages and collecting data on climatic conditions in hopes of finding a solution that mediates the radical cold and native culture in the built environment. The spray foam insulation in an old, wooden cabin with trash behind the pane captures the lengths in which people go to simply maintain a stable shelter in their environment.
This was an incredible experience to meet one of the families of our partners and get to be in a deeper, more intimate setting with her. Seeing the family interact and their excitement to meet us was so touching. This photo is of the young cousins playing with some of the toys they built by hand with metal scraps they found on the streets.