Rudy White

Bishop McNamara High School

Class of 2021

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Collaborated With Public Health Experts From Distinguished Organizations Like The WHO, UNICEF, And NIH

Diagnosed A Patient From The Nagari Medical Clinic And Maternity Ward In Bauchi State, Nigeria

Developed A Public Health Campaign For Communities In Sub-Saharan Africa For Implementation In 2021

Rudy is an outgoing young woman who attends Bishop McNamara High School. she takes AP and Honors classes and is also heavily involved in clubs, sports, and other extracurriculars in and out of school.

Rudy is involved with her school's varsity wrestling, lacrosse, and swim team. Also, she is involved in a swim team outside of her school community. In addition, she is the Public relations officer for the Black cultural alliance, secretary for the We Are All Educators mentoring group, a member of Teens in Action, and WMAC group. In her free time, Rudy enjoys taking on new creative projects such as upcycling clothes and redecorating rooms.

Rudy is extremely excited about being able to partake in this year's Advanced Medical and Public Health summit. Medical science has always been an interesting topic for Rudy. She has the goal of becoming an OB/GYN. Rudy hopes to utilize every skill that she has learned and apply in her future journey towards becoming a doctor.

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My Public Health Campaign

Nigerian Health Statistics

Population:

Per Capita Income:

Female Life Expectany:

Male Life Expectancy:

Infant Mortality Rate:

190, 866, 311 (2017)

$5,680

54 years

53 years

67 per 1,000

According To World Bank, Nigeria 2018

Health Statistics

The Project

Health In Nigeria

The Campaign

The Presentation

Interns developed Public Health Campaigns to address the most prominent public health issues in Bauchi State, Nigeria.

Working in small groups, interns researched and attempted to alleviate public health issues, like malaria or anemia.

The finished public health campaign served as a guide that identifies the problems and shares the solution.

My Public Health Campaign

The Campaign

Through collaboration with doctors in Bauchi, interns discovered why the problem exists, what may hinder the solution, and what can be done to help.

While Nigeria has healthcare infrastructure, the lack of resources, like funding, regulation, and workers, make accessibility a major issue.

With less than 5% of the government's budget allocated to healthcare, funding is a large obstruction to accessible healthcare. Most patients will need to pay for costs out of pocket.

While the WHO recommends a patient to doctor ration 10,000:23, the ration in Nigeria is 10,000:4.

As these are ongoing issues, it is important to develop resources that people can use to prevent or disease at home.

My Public Health Campaign

Health In Nigeria

Interns aimed to mitigate nutritional anemia in the communities of Bauchi State, Nigeria through the development of a public health campaign.

Over the course of the program, interns became experts in nutritional anemia.

They developed solutions to mitigate the problem through extensive research with experts in the field of public health and scientific research.

In this presentation, interns introduce the problem and outline the advantages and disadvantages of their solution.

My Public Health Campaign

The Project

Interns proposed their public health campaign to a panel of distinguished judges, including the Executive Director of the National Consortium of Health Science Education.

While introducing their disease and public health campaign, interns were sure to follow proper codes of ethics.

When asking for funds for their campaign, interns were sure to outline every potential disadvantage of their solution.

Interns hope to bring power to the people of Bauchi State through accessible healthcare.

My Public Health Campaign

The Presentation


The Patient Diagnosis

In Partnership With The Nagari Medical Clinic & Maternity Ward In Bauchi State, Nigeria

The Advanced Medical & Public Health Internship diagnosis is the first-ever program of its kind. I not only got to work with the top medical professionals from around the world, but also save lives.

Through Zoom, I was connected with a clinic and maternity ward in Bauchi State, Nigeria where I was able to interact with my patients in real-time. Using the doctor in Nigeria as an extension of myself, I examined & diagnosed my patient using my diagnostic training on the top 4 leading causes of death in Nigeria; malaria, typhoid fever, nutritional anemia, & acute respiratory infections (ARI).

These patients were not actors. They were locals from Bauchi State that were all ill and would normally not be able to afford medical treatment as they earn $1.25 a day or less. In return for working with our participants, all of their treatments were funded by Leadership Initiatives.

In 2020, Leadership Initiatives was able to fund the treatment of 16 patients.

Malaria

Typhoid

Anemia

ARI


My Patient - Amina Haruna

Amina is 14 months old and the youngest of five children. Her mother is the first wife of Amina's father, who now has two wives. Amina's mother, Zainab, is a full-time housewife while her father is a farmer with very little income to support his family.

Patient Biography

Patient Symptoms

Patient Update

My Patient's

Diagnosis

Amina presented with symptoms of intermittent fever, loss of appetite, and weakness, so I requested the doctor run a Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT). The test came back positive and I was able to determine the patient had malaria. To determine if the patient had a complicated or uncomplicated case, I asked the patient about any other anemia-related symptoms. After assessing these symptoms and running a blood smear, I determined the patient did not have anemia.

Amina was ultimately diagnosed with an uncomplicated case of malaria. I suggested she take an Artemisinin-Based Combination Treatment (ACT).

I was also able to offer Amina ways to protect herself from malaria, such as sleeping with a bug net and wearing long sleeves and pants around dusk.

Many people around the world do not have access to needed medical care, including Amina and her family. By working with Leadership Initiatives, I was able to help provide some of the care they need while exploring a career in medicine & gaining real-world experience.


My Diagnosis


Medical Expert Panels

Clinical Training

Diagnostic Training

Presentation To Medical Experts

Medical Expert Panels

Medical Program Highlights

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I had the unique opportunity to discuss the ethics of medicine with Dr. James Giordano, Chief of Georgetown University's Neuroethics Studies Program.

I now have a better understanding of neuroethical issues arising from the development of new neuroscientific techniques and neurotechnologies.

I heard from top medical specialists in the fields of emergency medicine, medical research, and surgery.

I was able to gain a better understanding of the duties associated with each medical specialty and how to pursue those particular careers.

I now know what steps I need to take to begin my journey in medicine.

As a group, we explored the use and misuse of these techniques in medicine, public life, global health, and the military.

Clinical Training

Through this internship, I was introduced to basic clinical skills, like performing physical exams. These physical exam skills included taking vital signs and performing neurological exams.

When performing neurological exams, we were trained in a procedure that assesses the 12 cranial nerves. These nerves help facilitate the normal and healthy functioning of the body.

Along with these basic procedures, I had the opportunity to learn specialized skills, like suturing and plaster casting.

When discussing vitals signs, we explored different methods to take pulse. I am confident that I can calculate how fast a heart is beating through any of these methods.

Diagnostic Training

Through interactive activities, I was able to develop a systematic approach to patient assessment and diagnosis.

Under Dr. Aisha’s guidance, I was able to improve my ability to synthesize and evaluate information, which are essential to applying my diagnostic training,

These exercises helped me advance my communication skills to appropriately consult with patients to best understand their symptoms. The constructive feedback I received through this experience prepared me for my real diagnosis of a patient in Nigeria.

Dr. Aisha taught a series of workshops that demonstrated the proper way to interview a patient and explained various techniques to investigate diseases.

Throughout the internship, I developed skills in the collection, interpretation and critical analysis of patient data.

Presentation To Medical Experts

Our team presented our public health campaign to a panel of top medical experts, including the Executive Director of the National Consortium For Health Science.

At the end of the presentation, we were able to receive feedback on our public health campaign pitch.

Over the next four weeks, our proposal would be reviewed three more times by top medical specialists and Leadership Initiatives’ sponsors before being approved and put into action in January 2021.

This Formal presentation allowed our team to practice our skills and measure the effectiveness of our communication, all while showcasing our efforts to transform communities in Bauchi State, Nigeria.