The 2018 CLCD Summer Internship program started on the 4th of June 2018 with a total of seven students. Five from Brown University and one each from Tugaloo and Oakland University.

The interns worked on two projects namely the Neonatal Health Project which aimed at identifying interventions, policies, and community actions that have saved the most newborn lives in the Northern, Volta, and Upper West Regions of Ghana and the Referral Booklet Project which aimed at developing referral materials to increase knowledge on and access to care for Children with developmental disabilities

The team which worked on the Neonatal Health Project went into the Northern Region to identify key factors at the Governmental, Non-Governmental Organization, health facility, and community level that have led to the decline of newborn deaths. They conducted qualitative semi-structured in-depth interviews with 38 participants. In addition to the interviews, the research team conducted a document review covering 18 neonatal interventions that were implemented from 1993-2014 in the Northern region.

The team which worked on the Referral Booklet project conducted also qualitative semi-structured interviews to identify services such as; parent support groups, and other health, social, educational, and mobility services for children with developmental delays. They also worked on creating a searchable online system for these resources.

By working on these project the students were able to gain hands on experience in research practice. They also received training on a variety of research techniques which included analyzing and reporting research data. In addition to learning, the students also had fun when they visited some of Ghana’s heritage sites including the Mole National Park, Kakum Park and the Elmina Castle.

Click the links below to learn more about the projects the 2018 intern cohort is working on now: 

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CLCD's 2018 Intern Cohort


Pearl Eni

Pearl Eni is a lifelong learner and educator. She was born in Nigeria and raised in Houston, Texas. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh in 2014. Her intellectual curiosity has lead her to explore four areas of interest in her four years since graduating from college. In her first year, she earned a master’s degree in Management from the Wake Forest School of Business. In her second year, she taught STEM in public, private, and charter schools across the greater Houston area. In her third year, she completed a research fellowship and health disparities training program at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland where she worked with families affected by sickle cell disease. In her fourth year, she returned to Houston to attend the University of Texas McGovern Medical School. She is so excited to join the CLCD team and serve the people of Ghana this summer!


Catherine Ohrt

Catherine Ohrt is a sophomore studying Global Health at Brown University. She is originally from Accra but graduated from the International Baccalaureate program at the Awty International School in Houston, Texas. At Brown University, Catherine is a member of the Community Health Advocacy Program (CHAP), a group that offers health education to elementary and middle school students in Providence, RI. She has also served as marketing intern at Teach For Ghana, which equips teachers with the tools to provide Ghanaian children with a quality education. Over the past year, she has interned at the GAIA Vaccine Foundation, an organization that aims to reduce the incidence of HIV/AIDS among women in Mali through the development of a vaccine. After her undergraduate career, Catherine hopes to attend graduate school as well as work in the health sector in West Africa.


Faren Renee’ White

Faren Renee’ White was born on September 3, 1998 in Jackson, Mississippi. She graduated from Germantown High School in Madison, Mississippi. She is currently a rising Junior at Tougaloo College. Faren majors in biology and minors in Art. While at Tougaloo, Faren has served as Miss Freshman. She is a part of Jackson Heart Study and Yearbook. She serves as Tougaloo Ambassador President and as Chief Justice. Last summer, Faren had the opportunity to perform research at Jackson State University on Preclinical Assessment of Garlic in the Management of Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia with Dr. Clement Yedjou. In 2020, Faren will graduate from Tougaloo College. Faren has future aspirations of becoming a pediatric dentist and doing dental research.


AJ Clifforde Alcover

AJ Clifforde Alcover is a sophomore studying Health and Human Biology at Brown University. Hewas born in Digos City, Philippines and had moved to Honolulu, Hawaii at a very young age where he now currently resides. He graduated from Farrington High School in 2016. At Brown University, AJ is part of the Bonner Scholars Program, a national organization with chapters in over 70 college campuses across the U.S, that partners with pre-existing organizations to work with the community. He is a part of Swearer Tutors Enrichment in Math and Sciences (STEMS) as a tutor at Hope High School, and the social chair for Brown Filipino Alliance (FA) organization. During the previous summer, AJ has worked under an internist as a medical scribe and was a camp mentor for the YMCA college camp, a camp that helps students from low-income and impoverished families in Hawaii get access to support networks and resources to get into college. In addition, he has worked as an assistant researcher and data analyst to evaluate the effect an organization had on the access of culturally significant fruits and vegetables for the Kalihi community in Honolulu, Hawaii. AJ hopes to continue his education in Medical School to become a geriatrician and work with the elderly population in a low-income and rural community in Hawaii.


Lydia Ademuwagun

Lydia Ademuwagun is a rising senior studying Public Health and Africana Studies at Brown University as part of the Program in Liberal Medical Education. She is originally from Dallas, Texas and is a graduate of South Grand Prairie High School. At Brown University, Lydia participates in Black Christian Ministries and the African Student Association. In the fall of 2019, Lydia will matriculate into the Warren Alpert School of Medicine, where she plans to explore her interests in maternal, newborn, and child health. Following medical school, Lydia hopes to return to Texas and practice neonatal medicine in undeserved communities.


Kristin Watkoske

Kristin Watkoske is in the Master of Public Health Program at Oakland University (OU). She is from Michigan and graduated with a B.S. in Allied Health Sciences in 2016 at Grand Valley State University. Since beginning her master’s program, Kristin has been an active member of Oakland University’s Public Health Professionals organization, Oakland Public Health Advisory Board (PHAB), and American Public Health Association (APHA). After Kristin graduates from Oakland University, she hopes to work with an international non-profit organization utilizing community-based approaches to conduct research and educate individuals on preventative techniques.

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