Fulbright honorees in Africa

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Amy Patterson in Mali



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A current doctoral student and an alumna both specializing in behavioral sciences and health education hold grants from the Fulbright Scholar Program this year.

PhD candidate Amy Patterson is in Mali this fall to learn how information about malaria is produced and shared at various health system levels. "I'm particularly interested in the ways that health workers interpret information from the national level and apply it to their day-to-day work," says Patterson. Additionally, she is looking at how patient-provider communication influences behavior in seeking and adhering to treatment and how households and communities receive and translate health information.

Melissa Adams, 03MPH, is studying in Africa on a Fulbright-mvtU Fellowship. Adams is working in Northern Uganda to develop a hip-hop therapy project for youth affected by war and AIDS and assess how the project suits the children's psychosocial needs. Adams is one of five graduates nationwide to receive fellowships sponsored by the U.S. State Department and mtvU, MTV's 24-hour college network. The fellowships use the power of music to promote mutual understanding worldwide.