I am currently a student at the Gillings School of Public Health’s Health Policy and Management undergraduate program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Having lived all over the world (England, Indonesia, Colombia, Ecuador, Australia and the USA), I consider myself a global citizen and have a special interest in the intersection of health policy, tradition and culture.  I worked as a Spanish medical interpreter for 10 years, and enjoyed juggling and bridging language and cultural differences to ultimately provide clear communication to those I worked with: patients, health care workers and providers.

I decided to travel to Indonesia to complete a public health related internship in coordination with the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Indonesia.  I am specifically interested in the preservation, protection, documentation and access to the rich traditional medicine knowledge and culture in Indonesia.  I believe that if traditional medicine practices are documented in an objective and thorough manner, they can be differentiated from others and misappropriation of that knowledge can be prevented, while establishing a clear identity to the rest of the world.

If you have any questions regarding this blog or my work in Indonesia, please feel free to contact me.

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