In conjunction with the Drexel University WeServe program and the Drexel University School of Public Health, we will be traveling to Gambia (West Africa) this summer to do work on a number of public health projects related to maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS prevention & education, and chronic disease management.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Who You Are Supporting - Idris
I'm Idris Robinson from cheese steak capital of the world, Philadelphia, PA. I graduated from Virginia State University where I received my BS in Health Education. Currently I am a first-year Masters of Public Health student at Drexel University concentrating in Health Management and Policy. Among other things, I am a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. Being a part of the oldest and most prestigious Black Greek Letter Organization, positioned me to experience firsthand several disparities that so many underserved populations are facing each day.
I am interested in doing my Community Based Masters Project in the Gambia. I will be focusing on promoting diabetes care and prevention and to help those affected by diabetes with medications and equipment which are hard to access in the Gambia. My objectives are (1) to provide resources such as medications, equipment, blood glucose meters, as well as providing information on a diabetic diet, blood glucose monitoring etc, and (2) to empower people to have control of their disease i.e through education and involving primary healthcare professionals and to make people aware of diabetes and provide counseling.
I feel very privileged to participate in this pioneer cohort for Drexel's global health expansion program. Most importantly, I am appreciative in advance for all of you are reading this that found it not robbery to support LOVE Abroad.