Transitioning back & looking ahead in 2020

It has been almost two months now since my last post. Since then, I went back to the US to spend a few weeks with loved ones in December, I celebrated my birthday with high school friends, I came back to Nairobi to celebrate the start of the new year with one of my dearest …

I’m busy

When I was a first year in college, my seminar professor, who would later become my advisor and overall role model, told me that she hated that word: busy. I would regularly stop by her office that always showcased a new zebra-print decoration somewhere, sit-down in the large office chair opposite her bureau, and sigh. …

Where are queer and crip identities in community health?

It has been two months since I have started working at a public health organization in Rural Western Kenya. The organization leverages the 'Community Health Worker (CHW) Model' to provide basic healthcare provisions in the community and improve key health outcomes. But what does the CHW model actually look like? Community health workers go from …

The sometimes undesirable but inevitable consequences of any movement

A few years ago, one of my childhood best friends reposted an article on Facebook titled something along the lines of "Why I'm not a feminist." This article went on to depict feminists as radical, "crazy", and completely out of line. Though we hadn't spoken in years, I took it as my duty as a …

Our obsession with numbers: Pushing for more combined qual & quant driven results

Last month, I read Jerry Mueller's The Tyranny of Metrics, which I would recommend everyone to read regardless of your professional or academic areas of interest. As the title implies, metrics or the quantification of performance is highly sought after in almost every field within both the public and private sectors. Mueller brilliantly crafts this …

Every womyn IS a riot: a commentary on Miley Cyrus’ Mother’s Daughter music video

This is a link to the music video that I will be discussing in this post For a few years now, Miley has been pushing boundaries, and in her new music video for Mother's Daughter, she is radical, feminist, and extremely political. This video is loaded with so many discussion points, so I'm going to …

Kenya

I'm going to take a week-long break from posting to get ready for a new transition in my life. In one week, I am heading out to Kenya for a year to work with an incredible organization called Lwala Community Alliance. Lwala is leveraging community-led health interventions to scale and transform health systems. Grassroots led …