Debbie participated in the Brueggeman Fellowship from the Fall of 2007 to the Summer of 2008. While at Xavier University she was involved multiple student groups, such as STANDxu (Student Anti-Genocide Coalition), Navigators, and the Student Nursing Organization. In 2008, she was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. In 2009, she was a Graduate with Honors, Summa Cum Laude, with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing, and she received the 2009 Xavier Nursing Mission Award: Service Component.
Debbie worked at University Hospital Case Medical Center as a Clinic Nurse on a Neurology/Neurosurgery Medical/Surgical floor and Neurological Intermediate Care Unit for 2 years. While there she served on the Patient Education Committee. She currently has her certification as a Holistic Nurse Baccalaureate and is a member of the American Holistic Nurses Association.
Currently, Debbie and her husband have committed to 1 year of full time service with the organization Mission Year, a program that focuses on urban ministry, community development, and intentional community living. They are serving in Atlanta, Georgia, specifically in the neighborhood Peoplestown. Through the program she works at a local organization Emmaus House. She provides health education for the Senior’s Day Program, and at the drop in help center she researches and supplies health resource information and health care referrals to free clinics for people who have low to no income and/or are homeless. Debbie also volunteers and works with the Center for Black Women’s Wellness at their Safety Net Clinic that provides free healthcare services to individuals who are uninsured.
During my time as a fellow I researched and studied how globalization affects healthcare in developing countries. I traveled to The Gambia in western Africa with a small group of individuals from both Xavier and Miami University. When I was there I met with healthcare and government officials and worked in several healthcare clinics. While researching the affect of globalization on The Gambia’s healthcare system, my focus was primarily on the issues of how this has specifically affected preventable diseases like Malaria. My final project discussed the issues of Malaria prevention in the country and how globalization has been a key factor.
What They're Doing Now
I am currently doing a 1 year service program called Mission Year that focuses on urban ministry, community development, and intentional community living. As part of the program my husband and I live in an intentional community with one other married couple. For the program, I serve at an organization called Emmaus House.