Six Vanderbilt Students Selected as Frist Global Health Leaders

Three students in the School of Nursing’s Master of Science in Nursing program and three rising fourth-year School of Medicine students have been selected as 2012 Frist Global Health Leaders.

The program was established by Hope Through Healing Hands, a Nashville-based non-profit organization founded by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, adjunct professor of Surgery at Vanderbilt, and provides young health professional students, residents and fellows the opportunity to serve and train abroad in underserved communities for up to one semester.

With interests including surgical delivery systems, emergency medicine, health literacy and program improvement, women’s health, and HIV treatment and prevention, this year’s Vanderbilt Frist Global Health Leaders will spend up to four months working in low- and middle-income countries such as Haiti, Kenya and Guatemala.

The 2012 Frist Global Health Leaders from Vanderbilt School of Nursing are student Elizabeth Harris, MBA, FNP; MSN Nurse-Midwifery graduate Courtney Massaro, MPH, and Adult Gerontology Acute Care nurse practitioner student Kayla Thielk.  School of Medicine students are Katharine Burns, Ravi Patel and Tyler Winders.

Since 2008, the Frist Global Health Leaders Program has supported eight Vanderbilt University students and recent graduates who have served and trained in underserved communities.