Moving Forward: On to the Next Adventure

Moving Forward: On to the Next Adventure

My adventure in Saint Lucia has come to an end and I have to admit that it is bittersweet. I have met many of wonderful people that have become close family and friends; enjoyed the amazing local cuisine; and simply loved the beautiful island and island culture.

I had a great experience working with the Ministry of Health and engaging with the community. My time with the MOH is invaluable and I encourage other people to consider working abroad as well. Every day I learned about a new inspiration through the exchange of ideas and creative innovations to be the best person I could be while working or simply living my life. Not only have I become a better person, I like to believe that CPU and I have gained momentum to continue to push forward throughout the trails and tribulations of working in Public Health and to employ the different technical skills we have learned from each other.

I have to say the most important skill that I developed during my time working with the MOH is global health diplomacy. As a result, my skills in capacity building, negotiation, and systems thinking have improved. The art and practice of negotiating with stakeholders and supervisors/coworkers during this placement has challenged my ability to be flexible in modifying project methodologies, to adapt implementation technologies, and to strengthen my understanding of what it means to be a consultant under contract. Understanding the dynamic relationships between the public health system and the social system in relation to healthcare delivery, and my role in it all, has been an important aspect in learning how to navigate the political environment. These are very valuable lessons learned that will continue to improve my skills as a global health professional.

Now that the time is near for me to graduate with my Master of Public Health, I am more confident in my skills as a public health practitioner… Finding a job that I thoroughly enjoy will be the issue. In the end, I made a plan, I found my path, and I believe as long as I keep the courage to press on, I will arrive to my destination—wherever that may be.

Who knows, I might end up back in Saint Lucia with the Ministry of Health.

Thank you for joining me on this mini-adventure. I wonder where we will end up next!

All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.
-Earl Nightingale

*Ubuntu Krystal*

Ministry of Health (MOH) Intern Adventures Pt. 1!

Ministry of Health (MOH) Intern Adventures Pt. 1!

Outside of the project  that I am currently working on for the MOH, I have quite a bit of fun doing other things as an intern. I get to network with other sections of the MOH by simply going to the events they host. Remember MOH stands for Ministry of Health, Wellness, Human Services, and Gender Relations, each part of the name is a different “office” that may not be housed in the same building as I. For instance Ministry of Agriculture hosted World Food Day  at the MOH ( I also submitted a proposal to them to come back to do some sanitation work with a team I am a part of. Hopefully it will be accepted!);

MOA World Food Day Advertisement

MOA World Food Day Advertisement

Ministry of External Affairs hosted the Taiwan-Saint Lucia Partnership Trade Exhibition in Gros Islet; and

Ministry of Health hosted World Diabetes Day in the middle of Castries.

I was volunteered to give a presentation on some research that I did on GIS & Diabetes for the Saint Lucia Diabetes and Hypertension Association ; attend an EPI Info workshop training; and participate in other research projects after hours. Workshops and not so secret after hours work is usually somewhere beautiful like at a hotel on the beach or somewhere fun like at a coffee shop next to the movie theatres (that has an arcade). I usually give me two cents then wander off to “explore with the children” (play video games).

When I am stuck in the office writing, etc. I usually become really anxious to walk out the door to explore the city. Most time I am extremely tired from being up all night writing and need a little break. (I still have quite a few reports to submit to my university)

My look when I need more sleep or tired of writing. Good thing I make sure I relax from time to time to relive some stress.

*Ubuntu Krystal*