UW Health Nurse Receives Nelson Mandela Fellowship
Madison, Wisconsin - Susan Gold, RN, BSN, ACRN, is no stranger to helping others, and traveling thousands of miles to do so.
Her project, Talking Health Out Loud, is something she holds near and dear to her heart, as well as the HIV-positive African adolescents she helps educate about the importance of reproductive health.
According to Gold, a group of Mandela Fellowship recipients from Africa came to the University of Wisconsin and met with individuals who do work in Africa. One of whom was Dr. Sicily Mburu, physician from Nairobi and head of AIDS No More.
Gold had also been traveling to Kenya and Tanzania since 2003, and since 2012 she has been taking UW students to help teach her curriculum on reproductive health, train trainers to talk to kids and teens about sexuality, and other reproductive-related health education.
"When Dr. Mburu returned to Kenya she asked me if I'd be interested in pairing up with African clinicians - U.S. clinicians going to Africa," says Gold, who practices in the UW Health Infectious Disease and Immunology Clinics. "In addition to the impact of this amazing work, I thought it was a wonderful way to strengthen the University Hospital/UW Health position with regard to international outreach."
The Fellowship, funded through U.S. State Department, is a direct outgrowth of the work Gold did related to the Fulbright Scholarship she received in 2007 - the first clinical RN to receive the honor.
When Gold learned that she was awarded the Nelson Mandela Fellowship, needless to say, she was elated.
"I'm really proud and humbled by the awarding of the fellowship, and I think it reflects the support I get from UW Health and the staff and my work. It also makes a difference in lives every day," says Gold. "The ability to collaborate and partner with the African organization opens up even more opportunities in getting accurate information out to kids who really need it."
Gold's Fellowship takes place March 18-26 in Kenya.
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Date Published: 02/03/2017