I am Alanna Meadows and I am a Nutrition Science (Pre-Med) major with minors in Biology and Chemistry. I am the President of MEDLIFE, an Academic Investment in Math and Science (AIMS) scholar, a group leader within H2O Church, and an intern in the Office of Pre-Professional Programs. After I graduate from BGSU, I will be attending medical school to become a physician that provides healthcare to underserved communities and those that are affected by healthcare disparities.
MEDLIFE is a national organization that stands for Medicine, Education, and Development for Low Income Families Everywhere. MEDLIFE fulfills this mission by sending undergraduate students on trips to Peru, Ecuador, Tanzania, and Nicaragua to volunteer in mobile medical clinics. These mobile clinics provide free healthcare to impoverished and underserved populations and allow students to volunteer in general medicine, dentistry, tooth-brushing, triage, pharmacy, education, and obstetrics and gynecology. MEDLIFE mobile clinic trips provide students with knowledge about international healthcare as well as experiences that enhance career development. On this trip, MEDLIFE shows the students the needs of the communities they work in and motivate students to make a difference in the country and locally.
I had the opportunity to travel to Peru and Nicaragua through MEDLIFE and it changed my perspective on what type of healthcare professional I aspire to be upon graduation. I want to be a physician that works with underserved populations and those that are disproportionately affected by healthcare disparities. By volunteering in low-income communities, I learned about the struggles certain populations face, and I want to make it my mission to provide quality, affordable healthcare to these communities in the United States.
I hope that you will make a gift to MEDLIFE today!