DNP-Population Health student embarks on fellowship in Ethiopia

DNP-Population Health student embarks on fellowship in Ethiopia

Rebekah Maldonado-NofzigerRebekah Maldonado-Nofziger chose to study public health nursing because it combines her passion for peace and justice with the force nursing.

As a second year DNP-Population Health Nursing student, she is preparing to combat systems of injustice alongside partnerships within the community.

Maldonado-Nofziger recently received a six-month SCOPE fellowship in Gondar, Ethiopia, where she will pursue her interest in global maternal and child health. While in Ethiopia, Rebekah will work on the Faith Leaders Advocating for Maternal Empowerment (FLAME) study.

FLAME aims to reduce maternal mortality by pairing Orthodox priests with community health workers. Maldonado-Nofziger will assist in incorporating results from surveys, focus groups, interviews, and assessments into FLAME interventional trainings and materials.

Maldonado-Nofziger grew up in Pettisville, Ohio, a small rural farming community. Her faith, background, culture, and experience all contributed to her passion for global health. Maldonado-Nofziger’ mother is from Bolivia and her father worked as a volunteer in Bolivia in rural areas. Her Latin American roots played a formative influence on her upbringing. She grew up traveling to Latin American countries with her family and many of the workers on her family’s farm were from South America.

Since leaving home, Maldonado-Nofziger has furthered her passion for global health. She spent time in Bolivia as a nursing student and the Middle East conducting research. While in Palestine, she worked on a project that aimed to understand why a small community chose to use nonviolent resistance. This gave her a better understanding of competing political contexts and varying ideas and perspectives.

Once Maldonado-Nofziger returns from Ethiopia, she will complete her final two quarters of the DNP program. She plans to continue working in the area of maternal and child health while she completes her degree. Maldonado-Nofziger hopes to work abroad upon graduation.