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No. 3, 2008

Clinical and Health Systems Research Branch Updates

A Ferguson Fellow’s Experience

My desire to work at CDC was solidified during my participation in the Ferguson Fellowship program (an 8-week professional development experience providing opportunities for minority students to participate in a broad array of public health activities). This summer I had the pleasure to work in the Clinical and Health Systems Research Branch (CHSRB) in the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination. I have developed a newfound interest in TB, especially as it relates to HIV coinfection.

How did I learn about the Ferguson fellowship? As I was leaving my advisor’s office at New York University, I saw a poster advertising the fellowship. I was propelled to apply because of the opportunity to work at CDC.

I spent 10 weeks drafting several chapters of an ethnographic guide entitled, “Promoting Cultural Sensitivity: A Practical Guide for Tuberculosis Programs Providing Services to Karen Persons from Burma” that is expected to be published next year. The objective of this project was to develop a practical guide for TB programs to increase providers’ understanding of the Karen people from Burma, and enhance the cultural appropriateness of their TB care and treatment. The guide will provide TB programs with information to use when designing surveys, planning interventions, and evaluating TB programs.

The most memorable part of my experiences as a Ferguson fellowship was my interactions with CDC employees, through whom I learned about different career opportunities available at CDC. Ultimately, I discovered that my career path would probably lead me to the Public Health Advisor track.

My involvement in the Ferguson fellowship brings me one step closer toward my goal of working with others to stop the spread of infectious diseases in the United States.

—Submitted by Raynal Jabouin, Jr.
Ferguson Fellow, Div of TB Elimination

Last Updated: 10/6/2008


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