Recent Emory University graduate Alexa Dantzler, received a yearlong Medical Missionaries Global Health Fellowship to gain experience in health care delivery in a developing country. Serving in Thomassique, Haiti at the St. Joseph Clinic, Dantzler will work with community leaders to implement innovative health programs in Thomassique and outlying villages and will coordinate several health and community projects involving Community Health workers, traditional birth assistants, mobile clinics, malnutrition and education. Dantzler will also have the opportunity to shadow the Clinic's physicians, midwives, and nurses; work in the Clinic's laboratory and pharmacy; and assist U.S. surgeons during their visits.
At Emory University Dantzler, whose background is Korean, Slavic and African-American, majored in biology and African studies and initiated a program called SOAR (Students Obtaining Atlanta Research) to encourage female high school students of color from economically disadvantaged neighborhoods to become STEM researchers. In a New York Times piece, On Campus, Embracing Feminism and Facing the Future, Dantzler talks about the lack of minority women in STEM.
One day Dantzler hopes to obtain a medical degree and aspires to challenge racial disparities in healthcare and addressing healthcare needs of the rural south in the US.