Faculty Feature: Kristina Krohn
What are three things you would like to have said about you?
I would love to be known as compassionate, understanding and smart. One of the most difficult and most rewarding things is to help someone else realize their own potential and pursue their own dreams. In order to do that, you have to be able to hear what they really want, see what hurdles they need to overcome and see which ones they need assistance with. People don't realize their full potential when everything is done for them. If I can help someone access the few things they need to be truly successful on their own, that is a pretty awesome feeling.
Often, my involvement in the things that I have done that I am the proudest of is forgotten because the person or entity fully embraces my suggestion or help to the extent that it is fully theirs.
What are three examples of work that you'd like to have featured?
As a student, Bill Stauffer invited me to be the first student to see in on the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene's executive committee meeting (not as a voting member). During the meeting, the committee asked me why more students weren't involved at ASTMH. I answered honestly, that the fees were too high. Now ASTMH credits its reduced fees for students and for experts from Low and Low-Middle Income Countries as the main reason why they have so much involvement by students, medical providers and scientists from traditionally underrepresented countries.
Working with Health Frontiers in the Lao People's Democratic Republic, I had the privilege to work directly with the Lao government's Pediatric and Internal Medicine residency programs. The people I worked with were dedicated individuals working to better their country's health. None of them had to do a residency. They all wanted to. My main job was to try to connect these motivated individuals with resources to help them accomplish their goals. If possible, I want to continue to work with these amazing people.
Starting the section, "Stories from the Field" in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, the oldest global health journal out there, has been an inspiring and humbling experience. As scientists and medical providers we study the numbers and stats on why interventions work, but often we joined this field because of our own individual stories and experiences. While the stats are important, I find that often sharing the heartfelt stories that we experience in this field has a greater impact on others and helps regular folks and politicians alike understand why what we do is important. The numbers are correct, our work helps billions of people, but it also stems from our hearts and the day to day relationships we have with one another.
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