|Name:||Sharon Hensley Alford|
Where do you work?
Henry Ford Hospital
When did you serve in the Peace Corps?
Where did you serve (which country/countries)?
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.