Because of Foundation donors, I have become the first person in my family to obtain both a Bachelor's in International Relations and a Master's in Public Health from Boston University.
As a public health professional currently working in DC, I work to advance and protect the reproductive health and rights of all women. I am also responsible for implementing a program of legislative and regulatory advocacy that focuses on reducing women's exposure to unnecessary drug and medical treatment risks. None of this would be possible without my graduate training in maternal & child public health, which I was able to afford because of my scholarship from Alpha Phi Foundation.
I was able to travel to rural Kenya and gain first-hand experience in public health research. There, I collaborated with government and nonprofit organizations to support in-field international teams, collect and analyze data, evaluate health workers and design health-related programs to improve maternal & child health indicators in the region. I am forever grateful for the opportunity to deepen my understanding of the global factors impacting health and health care access, and will use the skills and knowledge I have gained to continue advocating for women's health worldwide.
As I apply for PhD programs to continue my education in maternal & child health studies, I will continue to look to opportunities like Alpha Phi Foundation to help me pursue my dream of higher education.
Thank you for supporting young women like me in our desire to learn, grow and make the world a better place!
Christina Cherel (Eta-Boston)
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