Ashley Amaladhas Fulfills Field Experience with CFHI in Mexico

Ashley is a senior double majoring in Global Health and Psychology. She is passionate about learning about the structures and barriers of healthcare systems and understanding how politics, economics, and science intersect to affect people’s access to health. On campus, she is involved in Student Health Advocates and is an RA at Marshall. This year, Ashley fulfilled her field experience by spending 4 weeks in Puerto Escondido, Mexico with Child Family Health International (CFHI), a nonprofit, faith-based health system.

Ashley spent her mornings shadowing doctors at the local “Centro de Salud” clinics. Her program focused on women’s reproductive health, so many of the patients were younger pregnant women coming in for check ups. She learned to use a Fetal Doppler device to hear the fetus’s heartbeat and ensure that there were no developmental concerns. She also cites conversations with the doctors as important learning moments, teaching her about their perspective on topics like maternal health, contracept