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Laura Drew is a fourth-year Maternal and Child Health doctoral student. Prior to living in Maryland, she lived in Texas, Ohio, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Malawi. She earned her B.S. in Zoology from Miami University. During her undergraduate studies, she served as an International Health Ambassador for the Department of Kinesiology and Health’s study abroad program and attended meetings at the World Health Organization, Doctors without Borders, and International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent. Laura earned her MPH in Epidemiology and an Interdisciplinary Specialization in Global Health from the Ohio State University. For her practicum, Laura worked at Columbus Public Health for a study that examined a possible biomarker of recent unprotected sexual activity, sexual behaviors, and body image of men who have sex with men. Because of a strong passion to help women and girls with obstetric fistula, Laura dedicated her Culminating Project to this topic and later traveled to work with UNC Project-Malawi at the Freedom from Fistula Foundation’s Fistula Care Clinic in Lilongwe, Malawi. In addition to improving the lives of women who have suffered from an obstetric fistula, Laura’s research interests include the following: reproductive health interventions and education in resource-limited settings, socio-behavioral epidemiology, sexual violence in areas of conflict, gender equality and empowerment of disadvantaged individuals, and community-based health programs in resource-limited settings that focus on maternal and child health. In her free time, Laura enjoys cooking, baking, hiking, traveling, paddle boarding, kayaking, and spending time with family and friends, as well as her two dogs, Dinah and Jasper. An interesting fact one would never know from meeting Laura is she used to be an avid horse rider and competed in equestrian jumping competitions.