Edom Wessenyeleh '17
Tucker Foundation Office Assistant
Major: Geogrpahy, Pre-Health
Hometown: Boston, MARead the full interview
Since 2001, more than 250 Dartmouth students have participated in this unique service opportunity, and for many the experience has had a significant impact on their post-college paths. The trip is guided by the premise that participants will develop an interest in the further pursuit of service, as well as developing a greater awareness on how to connect their passions to academic interests.
Examples of CCESP alumni who have gotten more involved in issues of public health in developing countries after graduation include Liana Chase '11, Cameron Nutt '11, Zackary Kaufman '08, Benjamin Jastrzembski'08, and Michael Mina '06, whose bios are listed below. Of course, not all students who go on this trip are expected to have similar interests and career desires (in fact choosing a diverse and balanced group is essential to fostering the teamwork and spirit that makes the trip great). The students listed below illustrate just a few of the many directions alumni have taken after the trip.
Liana Chase '11, who majored in anthropology and psychology, held a position as an officer on the 2010-2011 CCESP trip. She is now a Fulbright scholar living in Nepal, conducting a project related to psychosocial wellness among Bhutanese refugees.
Cameron Nutt '11 also majored in anthropology and was the Student Director for the 2010-2011 trip. Currently, he is working for the Rwandan Ministry of Health and Harvard Medical School as a health policy research assistant to Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, Rwandan Permanent Secretary of Health. He is based in Kigali, Rwanda, and is researching maternal and child health within the legal framework of the Rwandan government, human resource challenges in global health, and the effects of institutional partnerships in strengthening integrated healthcare delivery systems for chronic infectious and non-communicable diseases.
Zackary Kaufman'08, was a participant on the 2005 CCESP who majored in health and society in Latin America and the Caribbean. He also founded and directed Lose the Shoes, a barefoot charity soccer tournament started at Dartmouth and now in action on 25 college and high school campuses around the country. For his senior honors thesis, Kaufman evaluated an adolescent-targeted HIV prevention program in the Dominican Republic. Kaufman has also done public health work in Nicaragua as a Tucker Fellow. He is currently enrolled in a PhD program at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine studying infectious disease epidemiology after receiving his M.Sc. in epidemiology on a Marshall Scholarship.
Ben Jastrzembski '08 traveled to Siuna, Nicaragua, once as a trip participant and once as the Student Director and helped to bring Nicaraguan students from the URACAN to Dartmouth during the summer of 2008. While still at Dartmouth, he began studying hearing loss among miners in the isolated mining triangle in northeastern Nicaragua and spent 10 months in this area from 2008 to 2009 on a Fulbright fellowship, studying the history of artisanal mining. Currently, he is enrolled at Harvard Medical School pursing his goal of practicing medicine.
Michael Mina'06 traveled to Nicaragua on the 2005 CCESP trip and soon after began research into water purification issues in rural Nicaragua. He graduated with a major in biochemistry and is now pursuing a joint MD-PhD degree at Emory University. His research focuses on the intersection between vaccines, viruses, and bacterial respiratory infections, and he is currently exploring the immunologic mechanisms and epidemiological effects of a deadly synergism between these three public health concerns, using mice and mathematical computer simulations as well as humans. He is also the Director of Grassroot Health, Inc., a non-profit organization that he founded to help get sustainable clean water and other public health programs to some of our world's most rural communities in Nicaragua.
Last Updated: 11/2/12