Amy Shipow




Lorraine Muhimpundu

Placement Country: Rwanda
Title: Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research Officer
Partner: Health Development Initiative
Health equity dismantles systems of oppression to facilitate a global, shared humanity. It means allowing communities to define themselves, to listen to their strengths and needs, and to amplify their resiliency in the access to quality care.

Amy was born and raised in California. After graduating from the University of California San Diego, she interned in Tel Aviv, Israel where she assisted Eritrean asylum seekers with refugee-status applications. Amy worked at Terem Public Clinic, triaging incoming patients and tracking asthma medications to lobby the Ministry of Health for more effective alternatives. To pursue work with migratory populations, Amy worked as a research assistant with the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Social Work’s Refugee Wellness Initiative. After co-facilitating a Congolese support group, she helped the group obtain non-profit status and receive a federal grant for refugee-led supportive employment services. When Amy isn’t working with refugees, she's outside, dancing to Bollywood, and listening to Beyonce or NPR. She will be graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill with a master’s degree in social work and public health.