2009 Scholar of Change: Mary Morrissey-Ross

2009 Scholar of Change: Mary Morrissey-Ross

Ph.D. in Public Health student implements health screenings for diabetes in Senegal

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 9:30am

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After the opportunity arose for Mary Morrissey-Ross, a nurse and Ph.D. in Public Health student at Walden University, to accompany her 13-year-old son to Africa, Mary’s life’s work took on a different meaning. After meeting people in Senegal who confirmed some published research that indicates that diabetes and hypertension are emerging problems in their country, she felt compelled to use her nursing skills. When she returned to the U.S. she was inspired to do more and go back for a medical trip. Since that time she has made two additional trips to Senegal, Africa, and implemented screenings to address emerging diabetes and hypertension concerns in Senegal. Mary hopes to continue her trips and work in Africa. 


About Scholars of Change
For more than 40 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. The Scholars of Change program began in 2009 when Walden University invited students and alumni to help bring the university’s social change mission to life by submitting short videos demonstrating how they were applying their Walden education and experiences to effect positive social change around the globe. The videos demonstrate a learning experience that emphasizes Walden’s scholar-practitioner model, built on the belief that knowledge is most valuable when it is put to use in the interest of the greater good.


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