At the beginning of the summer of 2017, CLCD hosted three students to work on research relating to developmental disabilities in Ghana. Two of our students, Jenell Grier-Spratley and Blessed Sheriff, are from Brown University's Minority Health and Health Disparity International Research Training (MHIRT) Program. The MHIRT program provides financial support for students to engage in global health research. Habibat Oguntande, a Master of Science in Public Health student at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health was awarded the Global Health Field Established Placement Award to work with CLCD. Habibat is leading a documentary on the lives of mothers with children with cerebral palsy in Ghana.
CLCD's 2017 Intern Cohort
Nicie Jenell Grier-Spratley
Nicie Jenell Grier-Spratley is a rising junior at Brown University concentrating in Health and Human Biology with a tract in Health Systems, Structure and Policy. I am also a pre-med student and wish to obtain my MD and MPH in the near future. I am involved in several extracurricular activities during the school year: the Sustainable Food Initiative, the Petey Greene Program (a tutoring program for adults who are incarcerated), and Varsity Track and Field. A fun fact about me is that this will be my first time in another country besides the United States! I am very eager to be putting the things that I have been studying into practice in the next few weeks
At CLCD-Ghana, Jenell’s role is to conduct in depth interviews and structured surveys to identify gaps in health workers’ knowledge and management of children with developmental delays.
Blessed Sheriff is a sophomore studying Global Health at Brown University, RI, USA. At Brown University, Blessed is president of the Black Pre-Medical Society, a pre-professional group dedicated to increasing the matriculation of Black students into medical school. She also coordinates the Catalyst New Scientist Collective Program which engages and empowers students across a global spectrum of backgrounds to pursue leadership in STEM careers.
Over the past school year, Blessed researched maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (MNCAH) in Washington D.C as a global development intern at Fenton. Blessed hopes to work in West Africa as a gynecologist and continue to conduct research in the MNCAH field. Blessed’s internship focuses on identifying gaps in the care and management of children with developmental delays across five hospitals in the Greater Accra Region.
Blessed’s internship focuses on identifying gaps in the care and management of children with developmental delays across five hospitals in the Greater Accra Region.
Habibat Oguntade is a 2nd year MSPH student in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She received a Bachelors of Arts in International Development, Bachelors of Science in Community Health and a minor in Arabic from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Habibat is passionate about working with marginalized populations around the world. She has dedicated a significant amount of time in her academic career studying abroad and conducting research in countries like Hong Kong, Taiwan, Nigeria,Turkey, Ecuador Jordan and now Ghana. Habibat's training is in Social Behavioral Interventions with a focus on Qualitative Research. She hopes to use her skills and experiences in humanitarian settings and contribute to improving the livelihoods of disadvantaged populations. Habibat Oguntade is a Coca-Cola Scholar and Gates Millennium Scholar.
At CLCD, Habibat is leading a documentary about the lives of mothers with children with developmental disabilities.