Abby grew up in Bethesda, MD but her family recently moved to Denver. She is rising senior at Davidson and a Public Health major, on the pre-med track. This summer, she is in Ghana interviewing service providers and policymakers as part of her thesis research on reproductive health policy. On campus, she is a member of the cross country and track teams and the president of Planned Parenthood Generation Action. A quirky fact about Abby is that when she was growing up she had a mail-order tadpole as a pet. It’s name was Snowflake and it lived for an unexpectedly long time.
She decided to join Warner after meeting a lot of upperclassmen in Warner who she looked up to. In Warner, she found a group of extremely dedicated, kind, and supportive individuals. She remembers going to Red and Black Ball fall of freshman year and being so impressed and inspired by Warner’s service work and impact and knowing it was something I wanted to be a part of. Warner continues to be such an incredible environment to be in and I am still so impressed by the work of passionate members towards HIV/AIDS service. Warner has been a valuable space for her to pursue her public health interests and be involved in the immense passion and dedication that factors into Warner service events.
Abby’s experience with HIV/AIDS on an international level began during her internship at Cape Coast Regional Hospital in Ghana during the summer of 2017. Exposure to the healthcare aspect of HIV/AIDS gave a face to the advocacy work she had previously been involved in through Warner Hall. The Public Health Unit of the hospital, where she spent part of her internship, held a weekly HIV clinic every Thursday to provide counseling and treatment to patients in the catchment area. Along with assisting in patient in-take, she had the opportunity to observe patient counseling and consultations and to have conversations with nurses about their own experience with HIV, both personally and in their career. Her experience in Ghana has given Abby a deeply personal meaning to the field of HIV/AIDS.
Abby on attending AIDS 2018:
I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to attend the 2018 International AIDS conference and be immersed in the research and ideas of those who have dedicated their careers and lives to the fight against HIV/AIDS across the world. Attending the Conference represents an integral step towards a lifetime of dedication both personally and in my future career to a field that profoundly impacts so many lives.I am really excited to experience the global landscape of HIV/AIDS research and advocacy. It will be especially interesting to see what effect the social policies and context of Amsterdam has on the conference itself. I’m also looking forward to attending sessions from variety of backgrounds outside of my own academic focus and having the opportunity to meet and interact with activists, researchers, medical professionals, policymakers, and more who are involved in such incredible work.