Global Health in Nicaragua
My name is Sheila Perkins and I am currently a senior at the University of California, San Diego. I will be graduating this Spring 2016 with a Bachelors of Science in Public Health and a Minor in Biology. In July, I will be leaving my hometown of Rocklin, CA to pursue a new adventure in Nicaragua to work as a Global Health Research Assistant for AMOS Health and Hope. AMOS is a Christian public health non-profit that is dedicated to improving the health of impoverished communities by working alongside with them in the avenues of health, education and development. AMOS’ mission is to live out the Gospel through love in action and to celebrate with local leaders as they work towards bringing peace, justice and health to their communities without exacerbating the very inequalities that AMOS is in Nicaragua to address. I am so thrilled to begin my professional career in Global Health with AMOS Health and Hope.
My passion for people and love of global medicine was first instilled in me through the primary care physicians before me; my grandfather and mother. My grandparents’ involvement in Global Family Practice Residency development in 86 countries and counting, as well as my mother’s medical mission work in Central and South America, inspire me to live up to their legacy everyday and have given me a passion for global health. My past experiences in Public Health and patient-focused medicine, volunteering and interning in India, Honduras, Mexico, and under-served populations in the United States has affirmed my desire to pursue medicine and work with underserved communities at home and abroad. The pursuit of medicine is a profession that I feel I am called to live out, after all, it’s in my blood! I’m honored to follow in the footsteps of my grandfather and mother by serving communities around the world, beginning with AMOS Health and Hope.
My role within AMOS will include working in their Primary Health Care Clinic, data collection in rural village communities and working closely with AMOS’ variety of programs, these include the Nutrition program, Community Doula program, Youth Empowerment program, and Water and Basic Sanitation program. In recent news, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention recently declared Nicaragua as an Alert Level-2 country for the Zika Virus, a mosquito born illness that is specifically detrimental to a pregnant woman’s unborn child. My main project however, will be to help create a Maternal Public Health Intervention to provide health education on the Zika Virus including a risk-reduction strategy and family planning services.
I am so incredibly thankful for your support of my future endeavors and your generous donation to my cause. Due to the nature of working for a non-profit, I will not be given a stipend for living expenses. The funds raised will be spent on my living expenses during my year abroad in Nicaragua, which includes: airfare, transportation, housing, food etc. I am eternally grateful for the opportunity to work with AMOS and thank you all for enabling me to serve the communities in Nicaragua.
Below, I have included some small incentives to thank you for your contribution:
$25 Donation = A Hand-written Post-Card from Nicaragua - Full of Love!
$50 Donation = An Exclusive Hand-picked Gift by Sheila from Nicaragua
$100+ Donation = An Authentic Super Flavorful & Delicious Bag of Nicaraguan Coffee Beans (For all you avid coffee-lovers!)
If you have made it this far, thank you again for taking the time out of your day to read about my trip. Every contribution is appreciated, including positive thoughts, wishes, and prayers! I am so thankful for everyone who has helped make this trip happen!
P.S. Check out the video below to learn more about AMOS and their mission!