After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Duke University, Ashley Younger worked on global health projects in the Guatemalan highlands and Kathmandu, Nepal. It was during these seminal experiences, Ashley realized the potential of nurse leadership within the context of global health. Ashley graduated with her Masters in Nursing (specialty in Women’s Health) from Boston College in 2009 and was the recipient of numerous awards including the Patricia Ibert Scholar Award for Nursing Leadership, the Graduate Commencement Award for Clinical Excellence in Women’s Health, the Nursing Dean’s Award as well as serving as an Albert Schweitzer Public Service Health Fellow. Ashley pursued a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health (specialty Global Health) and a Diploma in Tropical Nursing from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Since graduate school, Ashley has worked as a research consultant for reproductive health programs with Partners in Health in Guatemala as well as the Korean Foundation for International Health in Bhattambang Province, Cambodia. Ashley is currently a first year PhD student at the University of California San Francisco School of Nursing. Ashley’s research will focus on maternal health complications within the Household Air Pollution Intervention Network Study in Guatemala related to health facility access in rural communities.
Research/Clinical Practice Area: Jonas Scholar – Environmental Health
Dissertation: Adverse maternal health outcomes related to household indoor air pollution in Jalapa, Guatemala. For my doctoral research, I will be working with Dr. Lisa Thompson. Dr. Thompson is the principal investigator of the NIH funded HAPIN Trial (Household Air Pollution Intervention Network) in Jalapa, Guatemala. The HAPIN trip is a multi-centered randomized control trial assessing the impact of LPG cooking stove and fuel interventions on health outcomes, particularly low birth weight. My research will focus on adverse maternal health outcomes as well as barriers to facility-based childbirth.