Frist Global Health Leaders Program

Three doctoral students at the ETSU College of Public Health have been selected as 2011 Frist Global Health Leaders.  This program, created by Hope Through Healing Hands (HTHH), provides support for students to complete their required field experience/practicum in developing countries.  HTHH was created by former Senate Majority Leader Dr. Bill Frist to promote global health and advance the educational opportunities for health science students.  The Frist Global Health Leaders program is also supported at ETSU through the generosity of the Niswonger Foundation.  Previously Frist Global Health Leaders from the ETSU College of Public Health have completed their field experiences in Honduras, Peru, Rwanda, and South Africa.

The three FGHL scholarship recipients are:

Emma Apatu is a Doctor of Public Health student in the Community Health track. Emma received her undergraduate degree from the University of Maine at Machias and a master of public health degree, with a specialization in health education and behavioral science from Emory University.  Emma will be completing her doctoral field practicum in American Samoa where she will work under the direction of Dr. Dan Aga, Dean and Director of Community & Natural Resources at American Samoa Community College to help with food security issues with the island’s Food Policy Council.
Megan Quinn is a Doctor of Public Health student in the Epidemiology track.  Megan received a BA in psychology with minors in biology and neuroscience from Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia and a Masters of Science in Public Health Research from the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Twanda D. Wadlington is a Doctor of Public Health student in the Community Health concentration.  She received a BA in biology from Fisk University and an MPH in community health and certification in epidemiology from ETSU.

Megan and Twanda will be completing their doctoral field practicum working with Project Hope United Kingdom on the Thoughtful Path Program in Munsieville, South Africa.  The Thoughtful Path program supports community-driven efforts on the part of the people of the township of Munsieville  to change the lives of its orphaned and vulnerable children.