2014 Equity Intern: Eunice Jones

Jones_Eunice_150Eunice Jones has lived in two continents and is proficient in four languages. With her passion for community health, she is eager to share her knowledge about health promotion to help the community and make a difference.  

Eunice moved to the United States from Ghana with her family as a young girl.  She has worked hard to excel in school and attain good grades. She is the first member of her family to attend college.

"Coming from a small village in Ghana where there is no running water and flow of electricity, a place where people like me never get any education at all, I am very grateful that I have the privilege to study and participate in programs in the United States," she says.

At Western Oregon University (WOU), Eunice is a student leader, recognized for her work with the Multicultural Student Union Executive Board. She helps plan club meetings and events for students on campus. As part of the WOU Mentor Program, Eunice mentored students at Roosevelt High School, helping diverse students with scholarship applications.

As a Community Health major, Eunice is focused on pursuing graduate studies in Public Health and Epidemiology. "As I learn more about the eradication and control of diseases due to the efforts of science and public health I want to be part of the team that is building a healthier safer world," she says. "More specifically, I want to go back home to Ghana, West Africa to help educate and work to improves the lives of individuals in efforts controlling both communicable and infectious disease."

This summer at OHSU, Eunice is one of 18 interns who were selected for the highly competitive Summer Equity Research Internship Program, administered by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. She is working with Lissi Hansen, Ph.D., R.N., at OHSU School of Nursing.

Thus far in her internship, Eunice is thoroughly enjoying the exposure to nursing research and practice. "I've been reading many articles and books about nursing research and finding out that world of nursing is of many duties and responsibility. I have learned how much research have helped made the nursing profession a great and ever-improving career," she says. 

Interested in the Summer Equity Program? Contact David Martinez for more information.

Posted on July 3, 2014. Photo and write-up by Maileen Hamto.