Alumni Spotlight: Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing Alumna Joins Fight Against Ebola
Commander Aisha Mix (NUR '14) joined more than 60 fellow officers of the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps in a deployment to Liberia to support the health care workers who had been at the front lines of treating victims of the 2014 Ebola epidemic. Mix spent two months working 12-hour shifts with colleagues to treat many of the caregivers who developed symptoms of the disease.
Mix, an officer in the USPHS since 2006, said the trip was life-changing. While she fell in love with the natural beauty and history of Liberia, Mix and her colleagues were surprised by the devastation of the Ebola outbreak. "Sometimes, every person in the family was dead except a child," she says. "Until we saw the faces of the people there and heard their stories, we didn't really understand the impact."
Over her two month deployment, Mix learned to embrace the victories. After 10 days of treatment, a Liberian nurse's aide was finally healthy enough to leave the Monrovia Medical Unit. Her family assembled outside the unit awaiting her official discharge while dancing, singing, and crying tears of joy.
"I was so excited to go there and have this kind of global impact," says Mix. "I joined the Public Health Service hoping for this kind of mission."
To read more about Aisha Mix's deployment and other stories from foreFRONT, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing's fall magazine, click here
Faculty Fulbright Scholar Opportunities
CWRU will host a Fulbright representative on campus on Thursday, March 24th. Mr. Andrew Reiss, Assistant Director of Outreach for the Fulbright Scholar Program, will spend the day on the CWRU campus, participating in a Global Talk session about Fulbright opportunities and meeting with faculty interested in pursuing Fulbright Scholar opportunities.
The Fulbright program provides participants--chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential--with the opportunity to teach, conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.
The Global Talk session will provide faculty the opportunity to learn more about opportunities available through the Fulbright Scholar program, the flagship educational program designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.
Limited 20 minute individual meetings with Mr. Reiss are available on a first reply, first served basis. For more information, to RSVP for the Global Talk session, or to schedule a meeting with Mr. Reiss, email firstname.lastname@example.org.