Earlier this year Adejoke C. Ogunrinde, MBBS, joined Barbara Bush on CNN Newroom. The pair discussed their work with the Global Health Corps in New York.
Ms. Ogunrinde is one of 90 fellows selected from a pool of more than 4,100 students. An international student from Lagos, Nigeria, Ogunrinde is assigned to the Children’s Health Fund as a research and quality improvement fellow.
Two semesters into her one-year experience, she’s worked with “policy and advocacy, development, IT, communications, and medical affairs teams on different aspects of health service provision to under served children and populations.”
In the real world, when disaster strikes public health responds. The same holds true for practice experiences.
“Participating in the immediate and continued post Sandy relief efforts added another twist to my experience at Children’s Health Fund,” said Ogunrinde. “I was a part of the immediate assessment and relief response to Hurricane Sandy around the New Jersey and New York areas.”
Fellows regularly contribute to a Global Health Corps blog. In a January post from Ogunrinde, she shared,
“During these assessments, I was able to fully comprehend the diverse effects of a disaster, particularly its direct impacts on individuals and the community. Homes were lost, hospitals were flooded, clinics and pharmacies were also closed. Individuals with chronic health conditions could not renew their drug prescriptions, and those who could have gotten their medications from temporary shelters did not have their prescriptions with them, which made replenishing medications a difficult issue.”
A graduate student in maternal and child health, Ogunrinde’s interests include health disparities, social determinants of health, women’s sexual and reproductive health, as well as adolescent health among minority populations.
Her involvements in the college are many, but Ogunrinde’s most passionate about the BtC Project. She served as a student advocate for the mobile phone initiative that uses text messages to inform college women about long-acting, reversible contraceptives.
In April, Ogunrinde returned to the USF College of Public Health, where she presented a poster on her fellowship to members of the Department of Community and Family Health. As she enters her final term with the Global Health Corps, she reflected on her experiences thus far.
“I’m thankful for the opportunities for professional development and networking that are embedded into the fellowship, the support I get toward a future career in global health, and the genuine interest of staffers and mentors to foster the movement towards health equity.”
Ogunrinde earned a degree in medicine and surgery from the University of Lagos College of Medicine in Nigeria. After graduating from the University of South Florida later this year, she hopes to “combine experiences in family medicine with public health knowledge to ensure the health of individuals through a population-based approach.”
Story and photo by Natalie D. Preston, USF College of Public Health