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

I was born and raised in Southern Part of Ethiopia in a small town called Yavello, about 120 kilometers north of the southern border between Ethiopia and Kenya. When I was a freshman at Addis Ababa University, I got an opportunity to come to United States of America through a diversity visa lottery program.  I moved to Seattle on October 19, 2002 .

Eight months after moving to Seattle in the fall of 2003, I started going to school at Shoreline Community College to get my Associate degree in Science. I graduated from Shoreline in June of 2005 and was accepted into the Seattle Pacific University’s School of Nursing. I graduated from Seattle Pacific University on June 9, 2007 with a Bachelor of Nursing Degree.

After my graduation from nursing school, I have been working on the Organ Transplant Unit of Swedish Medical Center.  I’ve been there for 6 years.

In order to achieve my long dream of being a change agent in the community that raised and nurtured me, I started my Masters in Public Health at the University of Washington School of Public Health in Fall of 2011. I plan to graduate in June of 2013 with an MPH Degree.


Zerai’s SCOPE Proposal:


Zerai’s final project report: