SCOPE partners with medical and faith communities to improve health in Ethiopia through outreach, education, and training.

Emily received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree in 2005 from Washington State University. Currently, she is a doctoral student in the University of Washington School of Nursing, aiming to earn her DNP. in 2015 as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Emily will live in Gondar, Ethiopia, June through September, 2014. She will work primarily with SCOPE’s Prevention of Maternal to Child Transmission (of HIV) pilot project at Woleka Health Center.  She will evaluate both the successes achieved and the barriers encountered, and prepare this project to be expanded into other Gondar-area health centers.

Emily worked for three years as a primary care/urgent care nurse at the United States Embassy in Cairo, Egypt. During her time in Egypt, she interacted daily with both the Muslim community and the Egyptian Coptic community. This inter-faith experience opened her eyes to the power and influence of religion and of religious leaders and convinced her of the necessity of fostering faith/medicine partnerships in order to benefit the health of individuals and community.

Emily lives in Seattle with her husband, Ben, the head pastor at Urban Grace Church in Tacoma, Washington.

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Emily's SCOPE Board Presentation


Emily's Scope Board Proposal

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