RPCV Burkina Faso
Emily Engel is a 2nd year MPHTM student in the Department of Tropical Medicine. She completed her Peace Corps service in Burkina Faso in 2012. While living and working in a rural village in the northern part of the country as a health volunteer, she partnered with her local health clinic to help improve access to health care in 17 surrounding satellite villages. Emily’s main contributions during her service were related to Maternal and Child Health outreach, malaria prevention and eradication, and HIV education and outreach for the transient populations in the surrounding villages. She developed a passion for malaria prevention and eradication, and was a participant in The Stomp Out Malaria Initiative started in Senegal. She is interested in cultural issues surrounding malaria prevention and scientific methods of malaria vector control. Born in Bethesda, MD., Emily moved around the United States quite a bit, graduating from high school in Anchorage, AK. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in international relations with minors in biology and French in 2010. Over the past several years, Emily has become a professional volunteer of sorts, serving two consecutive AmeriCorps terms with the St. Bernard Project, rebuilding homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Emily enjoys hiking, hanging with her dog Tenga, and enjoying the diverse and delicious foods New Orleans has to offer.
Lindsey spent her childhood in Raleigh, North Carolina, until moving to the mountains, where she attended Appalachian State University in the quaint rural town of Boone, NC. During her undergrad, she studied health promotion with a focus on weight management and exercise prescription. After graduation, she moved to Asheville, North Carolina, where she worked for a small non-profit providing fresh produce, health and wellness lessons, and cooking demonstrations to low-income individuals at no cost. She is a mountain girl who loves the outdoors, kayaking, snow skiing, backpacking and craft beers, but for some reason the desert and flat lands of Botswana were calling her name. As a Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) in Botswana, her collaboration focused on HIV/AIDS, capacity-building, and food security and has led her to Tulane’s SPHTM public health nutrition program to further her education and better preparefor her career. She is ecstatic to become a part of the rich Peace Corps and public health family and to experience all that New Orleans has to offer!