Several years ago, Tasnim Beg took part in a medical mission to El
Guineo, Nicaraguaâand while she enjoyed deepening her medical skills and
getting to know the areaâs vibrant people and culture, she also began
to question the long-term impact of her medical efforts there.
âIt is frustrating to know that people are born into a roulette of
poverty and governmental neglect that can become cyclical and
all-encompassing,â she says.
As an MD/MPH student at Tulane University School of Medicine and School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine,
Beg saw that same roulette unfolding in New Orleansâand sheâs spending
her Schweitzer Fellowship year working to do something about it. Beg is
partnering with the Youth Drop-in Center to develop a yoga program that improves the health and quality of life of youth experiencing homelessness in New Orleans.
âAlthough America has school systems and prospects that are uncommon
in other parts of the world, New Orleans is an exception to this
opulence,â Beg says. âAs the needs of our city become more apparent and
more pressing, the opportunity for change is ripe.â
Visit ASFâs blog to read todayâs âFive Questions for a Fellowâ interview with Beg.