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Amanda Long, MSPH
Amanda Long graduated from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in May 2016 with an MSPH in international health.
She worked with Dr. Larry Chang on a mHealth and HIV counseling study in Rakai, Uganda. She traveled to Uganda from July to November 2015 to help kick off the study, titled mLAKE (Lakefolk Actively Keeping Engaged). Her role included community sensitization of the study, Community Health Worker (CHW) recruitment and training, and process evaluations to assess study progress and CHW performance. She also assisted with monitoring CHW performance and other program management activities.
Prior to working on mLAKE, Ms. Long worked on other HIV-related studies, such as the BESURE National HIV Behavior Surveillance Study in Baltimore and the DC HIV Working Group. She also served as a health educator in the Military Health System for 3 years.
She is a 2015 recipient of the Global Health Established Field Placement Grant.
From Ms. Long's Field Report:
Although the work experience and skills that I gained were important, I think that the most unique and beneficial things that I gained through the experience were non-work related. I lived in Kalisizo, Uganda (about 2 hours south of Kampala) for 3.5 months to help with a new research project focusing on using a mobile health application and Community Health Workers (CHWs) to reduce HIV-related outcomes in a rural fishing village called Kasensero. Kasensero is considered an HIV “hotspot”, with a HIV prevalence of approximately 44%, so is a very unique public health setting to work in. My primary responsibility was to develop a training program for the CHWs and conduct the initial training and refresher courses during the study launch. I gained a lot of experience on developing training materials and objectives, adapting training curricula to a local context, and conducting trainings for CHWs. While those skills are important and rewarding, I think I could’ve gained similar professional skills working on a CHW-related project in Baltimore or other more familiar areas around the United States. The “once in a lifetime” experiences I had primarily came from the context in which I applied this skills and my interactions with co-workers and other people in the village.