Bahamian Hygiene Drive – P’Ashe Jones
P’Ashe Jones is a second-year epidemiology doctoral student from the Bahamas who plans to return to her home in the Bahamas and work for either the Ministry of Health or another government agency such as the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). P’Ashe’s family members, who live in the Bahamas, were not directly affected by hurricane Dorian that hit the country in August. However, after she saw the terrible videos and images of the destruction of two of the islands and of the people who were left with nothing, she felt a need to help her Bahamian people. As a public health student, she knew there would be a risk of increased infectious disease and a need for hygiene products. As a result, P’Ashe led a university-wide hygiene drive. She was able to collect 7,447 items in just 20 days and ship the items to the affected islands. P’Ashe is thankful to every individual who donated. She is especially thankful to Dean Alemagno and peers, Ankita Tendolkar, Chelsey Kirkland, Sarah Adkins, Christine Fishman, Katrina Darst and Lexie Jones for their help. Financial donations are still being accepted through the HeadKnowles Foundation, a non-governmental organization where 100 percent of proceeds go toward providing items and rescue for people affected by hurricanes.