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Davisite explores health care in Central America

Moira Wood, a senior at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., poses with a poster shortly before delivering a presentation on AIDS in Latin America while studying in Guatemala this semester. Wood designed her own biomedical anthropology major to synthesize her interests in medicine, history, sociology and public health. Courtesy photo

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From page A4 | December 21, 2012 |

By Bradley West

When Moira Wood designed her biomedical anthropology major at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., her goal was to synthesize her interests in medicine, history, sociology and public health.

This semester, the 2009 Davis High School graduate is not only combining those interests, but is also learning about them firsthand through a study-abroad program in Central America.

Wood is studying in Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua as part of a program called Social Change in Central America. To supplement the program’s coursework, she is exploring the health care systems of the three countries by interviewing medical professionals and students, and by shadowing physicians in local hospitals and clinics.

Wood designed this health care research project to complete the senior project that is required of all students with individually designed majors. Her major examines the ways in which biology and anthropology can intersect to affect one’s health.

Creating this unique course of study gave Wood the freedom to explore the many disciplines that fascinate her while still retaining a focus on medicine and public health. This focus is central to the work she’s doing while abroad.

“My hope is to better understand the situation of health care in all three countries, and to explicitly compare the access to health care in the urban versus rural areas of Nicaragua,” she says.

Wood will remain in Central America after the program has ended so she can finish her research into the health care systems in rural areas.

“I am staying in Nicaragua for six weeks after my program is over, and I will be living in a rural community, experiencing the daily practices of the local clinic, and interviewing community members and health care workers on their perceptions of the health care system in Nicaragua,” she explains.

Of course, this research project hasn’t kept Wood from delving into Latin American culture, which has continued to fascinate her since she took trips to Ecuador and Cuba.

“For me, nothing replaces celebrating Independence Day on the streets of Guatemala, hearing the testimony of a massacre survivor in El Salvador, or watching ‘The Lion King’ with my host sister in Nicaragua,” Wood says. “And the joy of being able to speak Spanish every day is worth it alone.”

Wood is the daughter of former UC Davis administrator Fred Wood and his wife Mary. Fred Wood was hired last spring as chancellor of the University of Minnesota, Crookston.

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