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Haitian-American Dornsife Alumna Wen-kuni Ceant Receives Fulbright Student Award

Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health alumna Wen-kuni Ceant, MPH Health Management and Policy ’16, has been offered a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to Senegal in Public Health from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Ceant will be evaluating the implementation of a new health care prepayment system with experts at L’Institut Mère-Enfant in Kaolack (IMEK), Senegal, with an eye towards refining and developing a model to facilitate greater access and care for patients.

“This grant will allow me to integrate public health and medicine in an effort to eradicate health disparities both domestically and abroad,” said Ceant.

Wen-kuni Ceant giving commencement speech at the Dornsife School of Public Health.

Prior to graduating from the Dornsife School of Public Health with a Master of Public Health in Health Management and Policy in 2016, Ceant graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with honors from Howard University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.

Ceant is one of over 1,900 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research, and provide expertise abroad for the 2017-18 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries that are needed to solve global challenges.

The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the Program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

Since Fulbright Program’s establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Program has given more than 360,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Fulbrighters address critical global challenges – from sustainable energy and climate change to public health and food security – in all areas, while building relationships, knowledge, and leadership in support of the long-term interests of the United States and the world.  Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, including 54 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 82 who have received Pulitzer Prizes, and 33 who have served as a head of state or government.

Fulbright recipients are among over 50,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is administered by the Institute of International Education.

Story provided by Wen-kuni Ceant 

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