WK Medical Student receives prestigious Fulbright

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We are excited to report that one of our volunteers, Nora King, has just received a prestigious Fulbright Fellowship for study and research in Guatemala.

Nora is a fourth-year medical student at Mayo Medical School in Minnesota. She will join Wuqu’ Kawoq in August 2013 and will work with us for a year. In Guatemala, Nora will work with the Asociación de Comadrones Tradicionales de Chimaltenango (ACOTCHI), a midwives’ cooperative and close partner of Wuqu’ Kawoq. She will help complete an evaluation of ACOTCHI’s training curriculum, which is unique because of its respect for Mayan values—among other things, it is one of the country’s only traditional midwife training program conducted exclusively in an indigenous language. After gaining a better understanding of the midwives’ work and role in their communities, she will help ACOTCHI examine their program’s efficacy and acceptability, and set the stage for future internal evaluation. Nora’s work will draw from her experience working with health promoters in Lima, Peru and families on the Dominican-Haitian border.

Upon returning to Minnesota, Nora will complete her fourth year and apply to obstetrics and gynecology residencies. Ultimately she plans to serve as a primary care OB/Gyn. Her interest in women’s health was inspired by her mother, a Lactation Consultant, and her aunt, a Certified Nurse Midwife, who work tirelessly to advance women’s health in traditionally marginalized communities.