What a Difference a Year Makes

From 2020 until now, there’s so much that has taken place in my life…and I’m not even able to write it all here. There have been both highs and lows as I continue to experience the ebbs and flows of life. As I mentioned in a previous blog, I spent a little over three monthsContinue reading “What a Difference a Year Makes”

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Where in the World is Tonja?

Sadly, back in the U.S. after having the ultimate public health experience! It’s been a few months since I last posted, and I kind of have the best excuse…I was away in Ghana for over three months doing what I love to do most, using my skills to serve and help other people. If you’veContinue reading “Where in the World is Tonja?”

World Kidney Day

A few years ago, I noticed several dialysis centers popping up around Maryland and DC.  It seemed like there was one on almost every other corner. The amount of dialysis centers in my area has become so alarming that one of my former co-workers spoke about it during a meeting, as we tried to thinkContinue reading “World Kidney Day”

COVID-19 & Breastfeeding: What You Need to Know

COVID-19 has shaken the foundation of the world and has left many with unanswered questions on how to navigate everyday life during a pandemic. This global crisis may have left some mothers wondering whether or not they should breastfeed, and if doing so would expose their baby to a virus we are still learning moreContinue reading “COVID-19 & Breastfeeding: What You Need to Know”

My Experience as a Peace Corps Health Extension Worker – Part 2

After I became acclimated, it was time to get to work. Each volunteer was tasked with collecting data, facilitating several group discussions, and writing a Village Analysis Report. The main reason volunteers were asked to do this was to see how we could be of assistance within the community; and what resources and skills wereContinue reading “My Experience as a Peace Corps Health Extension Worker – Part 2”

My Experience as a Peace Corps Health Extension Worker – Part 1

Ten years ago, I embarked on a journey that would change the course of my career. This is my experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer Health Extension Worker. The beginning: This story would not be complete unless I explained why I joined the Peace Corps. During my final year of undergrad, I decided that IContinue reading “My Experience as a Peace Corps Health Extension Worker – Part 1”

Organization Spotlight: Lifted Strong

Located off the beaten path, in the beautiful country of Tanzania, lies an organization that is supporting and uplifting the local women of Arusha. Lifted Strong was created by Eva Boaz and Joyce Beda to empower and educate women (Mamas) impacted by HIV/AIDS and life’s hardships. What’s inspiring about the program?  The joy that theContinue reading “Organization Spotlight: Lifted Strong”