Points of Pride

UIS Students and Faculty Returns  From Study Abroad in Ghana, West Africa

Bredina Coale, a recent MPH graduate student was part of the seven (7) member team that traveled to Ghana, West Africa with six other UIS students and three (3) members of the UIS Faculty. The team left the U. S. on June 4, 2018 and arrived in Ghana on June 5, 2018. During their seven week journey, they partnered with students and faculty from the the University of Health and Allied Sciences, School of Public Health in Hohoe, Ghana, West Africa, to investigate the prevalence and risk factors for diabetes, hypertension and hepatitis C/HIV in seven (7) communities. Coale and the others conducted a water quality assessment by collecting and analyzing samples from local water sources and household water storage containers , investigated the prevalence of diabetes and hypertension and screened pregnant women for Hepatitis C at the Hohoe Municipal Hospital.  The faculty and students enjoyed exploring Hohoe during the weekends when they took a break from research activities and they became “regulars” at a few local establishments in the village. They participated in others fun activities such as visits to the Independence Arch and Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and memorial Park, in Accra, the Wli Waterfalls, Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary, and a visit to six ancestral caves in Lipke Todome, were among the various activities.

“When I think about Ghana, the first thing that comes to mind is how wonderful the people are. Everywhere we went we were greeted with a smile and “you are welcome.” Not a day goes by that I don’t think about and reflect on the life changing experiences and relationships that were built during the trip. Ghana will always have a place in my heart!” says. Bredina Coale.

Leadership lived: Public Health major plans to use theatre passion to educate others


Christopher Vemagiri Marbaniang, a graduate student at the University of Illinois Springfield, hopes to combine his two passions, public health and theatre, to educate people about important health issues.“I plan to use my skills as an actor and education in public health from UIS to promote health through theatre and TV shows, such as documentaries or film after I graduate from UIS. I believe the best way to communicate health is through entertainment,” he said.