Scholar Stories

Jennifer Kue, PhD

These are some of the most common explanations Jennifer Kue hears from Southeast Asian American women about why they do not seek breast and cervical cancer screenings. A former refugee from Laos, Jennifer has translated information for family members ever since she learned to speak, read, and write in English.

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Sherrie Flynt Wallington

Growing up in rural Stokesdale, North Carolina, on a farm, Sherrie Flynt Wallington felt like a lot was out of her reach. The nearest hospital was three hours away. Higher education seemed even harder to grasp. Teachers told her “a girl from a tobacco farm has no chance of getting into college.” But Sherrie defied the odds, eventually studying at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Howard University, and then Harvard, and today is committed to paying it forward by supporting other junior scholars, particularly those tackling health disparities.

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Sandra Echeverría

Sandra Echeverría has an unshakable determination to help others. This commitment stems largely from her own experience seeing those she loved struggle daily to have a meal to eat. In their home country of Ecuador, Sandra’s family lived in abject poverty among conditions that led to disease and early death of a newborn younger brother and cousin. Now, Sandra lives out her desire to help others through researching health interventions and fostering relationships as a mentor to students and colleagues alike.

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