In Tuesday’s blog, I introduced you to Kenai McFadden, an incoming Bloomberg School of Public Health student for the MSPH in Health Education and Health Communication. After spending two years in the HealthCorps working in Houston, Texas, Kenai is ready to continue his education in a different path than intended (if you missed Tuesday’s blog, I highly encourage you to read it).
While interviewing Kenai, his passion for working with communities, particularly minority communities, permeated every answer. One of the things he’s excited about is volunteering in Baltimore and working in the city. His experiences in Houston were mostly with immigrant populations and he saw firsthand how a cultural background shapes a population from education to health. The opportunity to go to a new city and a new population was a major factor in Kenai’s desire to join the Bloomberg School.
For his degree program, even though he meets the two years of professional health experience requirement for the MPH program, he chose to apply for the MSPH in Health Education and Health Communication through the Department of Health, Behavior and Society because of the nine month field placement and the larger focus on health education. Much like his desire to work in Baltimore, Kenai wanted the experience of implementing what he has learned and making an impact while earning his degree.
For now, Kenai will finish his remaining weeks teaching at Sharpstown High School. But look out, Baltimore. Mr. Mac is coming to town this fall, and he’s ready to teach us how to live a healthy, preventative lifestyle.