UMass Boston Alumna to Deploy Health Care Services in Liberia Through Princeton in Africa Fellowship

Colleen Locke | April 05, 2018
Anny Rodriguez '16 is a medical programs coordinator in the Dominican Republic.

Anny Rodriguez '16 is a medical programs coordinator in the Dominican Republic.



I knew I wanted to return to the African continent and support the transformative work of grassroots health advocates.



Anny Rodriguez ’16 Works as Medical Programs Coordinator in Dominican Republic

Anny Rodriguez ’16 will be moving to Liberia this summer to serve as a 2018-2019 Princeton in Africa fellow. She’ll be supporting Last Mile Health’s joint effort with the Liberian Ministry of Health to deploy primary care services to Liberia’s hardest-to-reach communities via a national network of professionalized community health workers, community health service supervisors, and community health clinic-based staff.

The Princeton in Africa fellowship, which matches college graduates with yearlong service placements in Africa, is a prestigious one; last year only 48 fellows were selected.

“Ever since I had the great opportunity to travel to South Africa as part of the International Epidemics Seminar offered through the Honors College, I knew I wanted to return to the African continent and support the transformative work of grassroots health advocates, like those we had the honor of meeting in Cape Town,” Rodriguez said.

Although Rodriguez graduated from UMass Boston in 2016 with majors in anthropology and women’s and gender studies and a minor in human rights, she says faculty and advisors from UMass Boston were with her every step along the way of the fellowship application process, encouraging her to apply and preparing her for interviews.

The fellowship signifies one more step in Rodriguez’s career as a global health professional. Right after graduation, Rodriguez joined the team of Timmy Global Health as their medical programs coordinator in the Dominican Republic. She splits her time between managing a community health promotion program in the rural communities along the border of Haiti and DR, and leading medical service trips that expand access to health care in the region.

“My undergraduate training in anthropology and women's and gender studies have been key to my success in this role given the interdisciplinary nature of global health as a field. The many student leadership opportunities I had as a student, such as the Beacon Voyages for Service program and CLA First!, and the invaluable mentorship from my faculty, have been defining in preparing me for these opportunities,” Rodriguez said.

To see national and international fellowship opportunities with fall 2018 application deadlines, visit the Office of Fellowship Advising’s website.

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