Kiera R. Kenney, MSW’13, completed a year-long fellowship in Lusaka, Zambia with Global Health Corps (GHC). GHC matches fellows from the United States and Africa with various health organizations and government agencies who work in the United States, Zambia, Burundi, Malawi, Rwanda, and Uganda.
“During the past year, I had the privilege of working at CHAMP, a local Zambian organization, as the Community Learning Operations Officer. Within my role I utilized not only the skills and experiences I acquired during my time at SP2, but also the insight of local staff and community members to build the capacity of CHAMP’s Lusaka Community Center to effectively serve the surrounding community through the piloting of a drop-in center model. My team and I were able to open the center up to the community through the delivery of health, social services, a variety of other community driven programs, and the implementation of various client assessment and marketing tools. In less than six months the number of visits by community members exceeded 1,000 as the community sought to be connected to programs and services that would enable them to live healthier and more informed lives. In the near future, I plan to make my way back to CHAMP to continue creating more sustainable community centers throughout Zambia.
“GHC strives to build an international community of young professionals working towards global health equity, using various skill sets and partnerships to make a difference within the organizations and communities they live and work. Through my experience as a GHC fellow, I was able to blend my interests in international social work, health, and social justice into a career path, fell in love with the country of Zambia, and met a group of amazing, smart, and passionate individuals with whom I hope to work with, and stay connected to, for the rest of my life. My time with GHC has been unforgettable and I sincerely hope that SP2 is able to continue preparing professionals with the self-awareness, skill, and confidence to take on global issues.”