Skye Peebles

School Attended While Participating in the Student Fellows Program: University of Rochester


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Areas/Topics of Interest in MCH: International health programs, self-advocacy in health, inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in health program planning, intimate partner violence, HIV/AIDS.


Current Research/Area of Study: Effective service provision for women with developmental disabilities who have experienced sexual or domestic violence


Accomplishments:  I have worked with families and children at risk in many different capacities since graduating from college in 2005. I was a counselor at a school for adolescent girls and then served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Botswana where I worked with orphans and children made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS. Currently, I am pursuing my Masters in Public Health while working for a non-profit advocacy organization run by people with developmental disabilities. I will be serving as a Health Administration LEND trainee for 2010-2011 and am looking forward to learning more about the opportunities for public health overlap in the field of developmental disabilities.


Current Work:  I am looking at ways to include women with developmental disabilities in the improvement of health services with the goal of making programs universally accessible.


Future Work: I am interested in continuing to work both internationally and domestically to create health programs that benefit and empower communities.