COPH Grad Student Studies Community-Based Research in Tropical Health in Liberia
Samia Mckeever, a graduate student in the department of Global Health, recently returned from Liberia where she completed coursework in community-based participatory research in tropical health under the direction of Ran Nisbett, Ph.D., Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs at Tubman University (Liberia) and faculty member in the department of Global Health at the USF College of Public Health. The first part of the course took place in the capital city of Monrovia, where Samia learned about cross-sectoral partnerships. To enhance her understanding of these partnerships and observe them firsthand, Samia attended meetings with the Ministry of Health and local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in the health sector in Liberia.
The second part of the course focused on rural community health and took place in Harper City in southwestern Liberia near the border with Ivory Coast. With the assistance and partnership of students and faculty from Tubman University, Samia worked with local partners to strategize capacity building through participatory rural appraisal (PRA) and community directed intervention (CDI). Using these strategies, community membersof Grand Cavalla Village were able to collectively determine and address critical health concerns.
Samia Mckeever is currently working towards a Master of Science in Public Health with a concentration in Global Communicable Diseases at the USF College of Public Health. For more information about USF efforts in Liberia, contact Dr. Ran Nisbett.