Working on plans for the annual Women's Week in Afio, Small Malaita, Solomon Islands

You can find "Peace" everywhere.

There is always time for fun in the Hapi Isles.

Name: Sharon Hensley Alford
U-M Affiliation: Alumni

Where do you work?

Henry Ford Hospital

When did you serve in the Peace Corps?

1993-1995

Where did you serve (which country/countries)?

Solomon Islands

What were your main responsibilities as a volunteer?

Rural Adult Education

Is there a specific person (or persons) who made a strong impression on you during that time?

Joycelyn Pwaotoro was my Solomon Island counterpart.

In what ways did your Peace Corps experience affect your life and/or career decisions?

Because of my Peace Corps experience, I decided to go into public health.

In what ways did your U-M education, both inside and outside the classroom, prepare you for your Peace Corps experience?

After finishing Peace Corps, I completed my MPH and PhD at UM in epidemiology.

What advice would you give to others who are contemplating going into the Peace Corps?

Step outside yourself and appreciate other views in a way you never dreamed possible.

What is the value gained from the Peace Corps experience?

Your view of people and the world will never be the same.

What lessons did you learn in the Peace Corps that you carry with you today?

Because of Peace Corps, I can let go of my own biases.

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