Meet Malerie Pratt
Name: Malerie Pratt
Hometown: Bend, Ore.
Interests: Family medicine, international development, languages, art, running, white water rafting
First-year medical student, Malerie Pratt, speaks Italian and Bemba, an African tribal language. She believes language is the key to understanding a culture and is anxious to learn many more.
This ambitious graduate of the University of Oregon, Cascade Campus earned a degree in general science and has worked and volunteered in six different medical clinics throughout Oregon, Zambia, Uganda and the war region of Eastern Congo, where she learned the importance of providing culturally competent health care. She co-founded the non-profit, Vima Lupwa Homes, which builds and administrates safe family homes for former child prostitutes and abused children in Zambia. In 2012, Malerie gave a TEDX talk about her work there in Zambia. When in Oregon she worked as a tech assistant, ultrasound coordinator and breast cancer conference coordinator.
Combining joint interests in family medicine and international development, Malerie hopes to pursue a career in primary care and “work in underserved communities in Oregon on reservations and in rural communities while continuing international work.”