Hi! I’m Sarah Nelson. I’m a fourth-year medical student at Harvard Medical School, and my interests include preventive health, nutrition, and community health. Originally from a small town in Minnesota, I got my start in global health at Middlebury College, where I majored in International Studies with a focus in Africa and religion. During a semester abroad in college, I worked as a community health intern in rural Senegal. There, I helped treat community members with malaria and helped women’s groups learn more about nutrition, HIV, health during pregnancy, and more. More recently, I spent 2 months as a medical intern in rural Chile, seeing patients at a small health post.
I will be in Guatemala until August, and I’m looking forward to what I’ll be doing with the nutrition program over the next 7 months. I’ll be working with Yoli, our staff community education specialist, to develop and pilot a community-based nutrition education program to combat childhood malnutrition by improving supplemental feeding in infants from 6 mo to 2 years. This program will be tested in several communities, and if successful, we hope to be able to expand it to other areas in the future.
I’m excited to be working with Wuqu’ Kawoq not only because of the work that this organization does in nutrition in rural Guatemala, but even more because of the way in which they do it: participative, inclusive, and in the first language of the communities. I hope to be able to carry this spirit with me in my future career.