We thought it'd be nice to get to know each other better as members of the Global Health Nursing and Midwifery community on GHDonline. So whether you've just joined or been a member of the community for a while, please take a moment to post a short paragraph here introducing your work and interests to everyone else.
I'll start things off - I'm Maggie Sullivan, one of the GHDonline moderators. I'm a family nurse practitioner with Boston Health Care for the Homeless (bhchp.org). I also collaborate with Partners In Health on their Chiapas and Guatemala projects (pih.org). My work in Boston is in shelter-based clinics, so I mostly see homeless adults at large (400+ bed) shelters, in addition to our 100-bed medical respite program. In Guatemala primarily, I work with rural nurses in the Western Highlands cervical cancer screening. I've always loved the dichotomy between working with the urban poor in the US as well as rural communities in Latin America. I truly believe both to be part of the global health circle. For example, the average life expectancy of homeless individuals in the US is estimated between 42 and 52 years, compared to 78 years in the general population. And compared to Guatemala's average life expectancy of 71 years, homelessness in the US is like our own low/middle income country (LMIC), right here in our back yard. My focus is on primary care with marginalized Spanish-speaking patients, whether in or outside the US, and in particular, undocumented immigrants.
Looking forward to hearing from you - please add a reply and introduce yourself to the community.