Public Health Research Co-Lead Reflection
I began working with Wish for WASH as a grad student in the water, sanitation, and hygiene program at Emory, and I have stayed involved as I start my career in environmental health. My first project was collaborating on a literature review with hopes of publishing in a journal which can be found here. We focused on biosensors in wastewater infrastructure as a promising method for health surveillance and explored the applications, strengths, and weaknesses of this technology in the field. I was able to gain experience in the research and publication process as well as present the findings at conferences. Wish for WASH provides a great platform and support system for emerging researchers, and it has definitely been an invaluable learning experience for me. It was the first time I published something, and I’m really proud of the whole research team for the work that went into the project.
My favorite part of working with Wish for WASH is the opportunity to connect with so many students and young professionals who are innovators in the field of water and wastewater. Coming from a public health background, I knew about microbes and disease, but I didn’t know anything about the engineering and design side of WASH. I was able to see those perspectives applied in design thinking workshops that emphasized the user experience for WASH infrastructure, creating public health interventions that are intuitive and people actually want to use. It is exciting and energizing to work with a group that is passionate about WASH, and I have learned so much from the wide range of interests, research projects, and experiences of others in W4W. — Emma, Public Health Research Co-Lead