Four HOPE Volunteers Join Africa Partnership Station 2011

on February 22, 2011

Labels: Africa , Ghana , Health Care Education, Volunteers

Four volunteers from Project HOPE are participating in a health education and humanitarian assistance mission in Ghana through March 5, with the U.S. Navy’s Africa Partnership Station (APS) 2011. This is the fourth year Project HOPE volunteers have participated in the APS mission. This year, the team is working in and around Sekondi, providing health care and health education.

Joyce Johnson, DO, MA - A Physician from Chevy Chase, Maryland, Dr. Johnson is board certified in Public Health and Preventative Medicine, Clinical Pharmacology, and Psychiatry. She is also Retired Assistant U.S. Surgeon General. Dr. Johnson is currently working as the Vice President, Health Sciences and Life Sciences Global Business for Battelle, a non-profit research organization based in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Johnson received her Medical Degree (D.O.) from Michigan State University and a Master’s of Arts in Hospital and Health Administration from the University of Iowa. Dr. Johnson will be serving as the HOPE Medical Director in Ghana, on her third mission with Project HOPE.

Carol Nyman, FNP- A Family Nurse Practitioner from Hayward, Wisconsin, Carol has 26 years of experience working in rural and medically underserved areas and with different cultures. Carol graduated from Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine with her MPH and TM degree. She also received a Master’s of Science degree from the University of Rochester and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing from Georgetown University. Carol has most recently been working with the Native American population in Wisconsin. This is Carol’s first mission with Project HOPE. In Ghana, she is working at a primary health post in a village just outside Sekondi, providing health education and mentoring to staff.

Jen Selby, RN - A Registered Nurse from Napa, California, Jen has been an Emergency Department nurse for the last 10 years. Jen graduated from Napa Valley College with her Associate’s of Science degree in Nursing and is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s of Science degree in nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing. Jen currently works in the Emergency Department at Queen of the Valley Medical Center and as a paramedic instructor at Napa Valley College. This is Jen’s first mission with Project HOPE. In Ghana, Jen is providing nursing assistance in the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital emergency room as well as lecturing on specific trauma nursing and pediatric emergency nursing skills.

Carolyn Springman - A Registered Nurse from San Francisco, California, Carolyn has almost five years of nursing experience, having spent most of her time in Oncology. Carolyn graduated from Thomas Jefferson University with her Associate’s of Science in Nursing. Currently she is perusing her Bachelor’s of Science degree and working at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center and San Francisco Oncology Associates. This is Carolyn’s second mission with Project HOPE. In Ghana, Carolyn is providing nursing assistance at the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital in Sekondi and offering oncology instruction for the management of cancer patients when they return home from chemo-radiation treatment.

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