Elise Mariner, MBA/MPH Candidate
The Malcolm Potts Internship honors Dr. Potts’ influential and prominent contribution to Thailand’s Public Health challenges particularly with regards to family planning and reproductive health. This three to six month internship is open to UCB Master’s and Doctoral students in the School of Public Health, Demography, Public Policy, Social Welfare, Journalism, and Haas School of Business. Applicants should be committed to alleviating poverty, self starters, and be able to think outside the box. A specific output will be developed once the interns are selected. Application deadline in February.
Elise spent this summer with the organization Population and Community Development Association, which has been working to improve the health and economic status of Thailand’s rural populations since the late 1970s. Her projects included the development of a strategic plan for a proposed children’s hospital to be built in the northeastern region of the country, as well as the development of a public health curriculum to be taught to middle- and high-school age children living in the same rural northeast region. These projects allowed her to learn about both the established public and private healthcare systems in Thailand and further explore the public health needs of Thai rural communities.
Recently, PDA Founder Khun Mechai was featured for a 30-minute segment on KCTS-9 in Seattle, Washington to discuss family planning, HIV/AIDS, and our ongoing endeavors in poverty eradication, education, and philanthropy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwpR9GCnIr4