Janell Moore
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Responsibilities
I was assigned to work with the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) team. I conducted a retrospective study to assess the impact of the HIV Positive Mentor Mother program. To conduct the study, I decided on a sampling framework, created a data collection tool, tested the data collection tool, visited a total of 18 health facilities and traced 427 exposed babies to their mothers through hand-written medical registries. It took me a total of 7 weeks to collect all of the data. I then cleaned and sorted the data and wrote a preliminary statistical analysis report.

Greatest Public Health Lesson
The most important public health lessons that I learned were: having clear objectives and being systematic in data collection are key to conducting a study, collaboration between the various expertise in a work environment strengthens a project and lastly, multiple projects within one organization can all benefit from one sound study.

Favorite Memory
My favorite memories are from participating in a weeklong health outreach to a remote island in Lake Victoria. I had to live on an old rusty fishing boat with my co-workers because the island was without any accommodations. The best part of the outreach was conducting two different focus groups with commercial sex workers. Some of these women were HIV positive and or pregnant and they were able to share their experiences and concerns with us. This experience is something I will never forget.

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