Emily Feher (MPH 2012, CHS)



Emily Feher is a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer serving in Cameroon.  She is currently in her second year acting as a public health coordinator for Peace Corps Cameroon’s community health program.  She lives in a village in the Adamaoua region where she works with the community to help Cameroon reach its national public health goals.  Peace Corps Cameroon’s community health program’s main goals focus primarily on promoting maternal and child health in the areas of nutrition and food security, HIV/AIDS and malaria prevention, and promoting safe birth practices including family planning.

This photo was taken on World AIDS day (December 1, 2013) during the closing ceremonies of a youth-focused HIV prevention program, Grassroot Soccer’s Peace Corps SKILLZ program.  Emily and her site mate (another Peace Corps volunteer) worked with a local teacher and nurse to implement this program, targeting high school students in the village.

From www.grassrootsoccer.org:

“Grassroot Soccer’s ‘Skillz’ curriculum focuses on building basic life skills that help boys and girls adopt healthy behaviors and live risk-free.  Through a series of interactive activities and discussions students gain a tangible understanding of HIV and AIDS and get a chance to practice the skills necessary for sustainable behavior change. Key curricular topics include making healthy decisions, avoiding risks, building support networks, reducing stigma and discrimination, increasing knowledge about testing and treatment, addressing gender issues, and assessing values.

Skillz is a culture, mindset, and toolkit for educators to use when teaching young people 12-18 about HIV and AIDS and life skills. Skillz creates simple but powerful connections between soccer (sport) and life skills. The Skillz approach helps young people engage in relevant and important discussions about life, take small steps to achieve their goals, are resilient when faced with challenges, and protect themselves and others from HIV and AIDS.

Grassroot Soccer works with Peace Corps volunteers in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean to deliver HIV prevention education to youth in some of the most remote, under-resourced areas of the world. This partnership changes the lives of young people in communities hardest hit by HIV and AIDS, builds the capacity of local leaders, and sets Peace Corps Volunteers up for success by providing step-by-step instructions and continued program support.”