It seen first hand how families are ripped

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It was a late rainy night when my mother
received a phone call that would forever change our lives. Holding the phone
firmly against her ear, my mother began to cry uncontrollably. Tears began to
roll down my cheeks as I began to realize the immensity of that unexpected
call. My grandfather, the man who has always taught us to always follow our
dreams and to never give up no matter the situation has passed away due to the
cholera outbreak that occurred in Haiti in 2010 several months after the
devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake.

Growing up in a Haitian household, I was
taught to always contribute to my community whether that is in Haiti or the
United States. I was taught by a village of strong individuals on how to be a tenacious
woman and to always care for others. Having the opportunity to spend my summers
in Haiti, I will forever be grateful for the many blessings around us in the
United States where healthcare is a right, which is a steady reminder to me
that those in developing countries have to struggle to have access to
healthcare. Being in Haiti, I was able to understand, connect and relate with others.

Their triumph became my triumph and their sorrow became my sorrow. In Haiti, I
have seen first hand how families are ripped apart because of children, family
and friends that are dying due to the constant cycle of inefficacious
healthcare systems. There are many people in Haiti and other developing
countries that are in the grips of many preventable and treatable illnesses that’s
worsened by the lack of access to clean water, education, healthcare services,
healthy living standards and compassionate care. Losing my grandfather and
other loved ones during the cholera outbreak has not only led me to ask many
questions but also made me determined to enter a field where I can have a
positive impact to reduce health disparities not only in Haiti but all over the

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Throughout my duration at Dillard
University, my advisor Dr. Wadajo always challenged me to develop myself
further. With Dr.Wadajo, I’ve attended countless amount of seminars and met
with public health pioneers, which affirmed my growing interest in Public
Health. Within the dynamic field of public health, Global Health and
Epidemiology stood out to me the most. Global health and epidemiology is
fascinating to me because both concentrations examines how the occurrence of
diseases is impacted by a number of diverse factors which will allow me to integrate
my strength in analysis and my interest in finding solutions. My career goal
after obtaining my MPH degree is to work for a non-profit for organization that
offers access to medical care in underdeveloped countries. A joint
concentration in Global Health and Epidemiology will give me a chance to have
significant impact on different populations and communities around the world so
that I can help better the health inequality that communities and countries are

Through a master of public health
program, I want to gain an in-depth understanding of public health, research
and practice and Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice
Global health and Epidemiology concentration is the perfect program for me. SLU
College for public Health and Social Justice will provide me with the necessary
tools to conduct quality and pertinent research that focuses on Public Health, a
field that I have passion for. I welcome the responsibility for serving large
communities and being a part of such a positive and challenging field so that I
can contribute to the betterment of our communities.

What attracted me most about the program
was the wide scope of training, ample research and internship opportunities.

Being fluent in both English and Haitian Creole and constantly traveling to
Haiti, I believe I have the ability to connect with communities from diverse cultural
backgrounds and have the academic ability that will allow me to succeed at the
program. I am positive that earning my MPH degree at Saint Louis University
College for Public Health and Social Justice will be a major contribution to my
future goals and career. Thank you for considering my application.


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