Min joo Kwak
MSPH candidate, GDEC
Center for Refugee and Disaster Response
Min joo Kwak, an MSPH student in GDEC, has been working in China with the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response with faculty from the Center, including co-director Professor Gilbert Burnham and Assistant Professor Shannon Doocy. With local and international organizations she’s helped to assess the health status and living circumstances of orphans and vulnerable children.
As part of this work, she helped the groups organize surveys at the household level and in a comparison group of school children in a rural part of China. Min joo helped guide a variety of data gathering activities, including anthropometric assessments and the measurement of household wealth. Subsequent data analysis showed important problems with nutrition and dietary habits that particularly affected these vulnerable populations when compared with primary school children of the same ages in the same area of China. Dr. Miyong Kim from the School of Nursing used these results to help the organizations working in the area to develop nutritional and health intervention programs. Min joo will be staying on in China to assist with implementation of this nutritional program and to monitor outcomes.