Many students strive to make a meaningful impact in their communities before they graduate. Jordan Bordeaux is one of them.
As an undergraduate student at the University of Wyoming, Bordeaux worked in the field of health and wellness promotion. This experience prompted her to look into graduate programs in public health.
“I love public health because it’s such an inclusive field of study and really focuses on health and wellness at the micro and macro levels,” said Bordeaux, a native of Douglas, Wyoming. .
She chose Georgia Southern University Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health (JPHCOPH) because of the quality of education and affordability, and for the emphasis on project-based learning and access to graduate assistantships that could help fund his educational endeavors.
In August 2020, Bordeaux enrolled in the Master’s program in public health with a concentration in community health. As a scholar of the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Fellowship Program, she was introduced to JPHCOPH faculty member Tilicia Mayo-Gamble, Ph.D. The assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Community Health would become Bordeaux’s mentor.
The Georgia AHEC Scholars program is a two-year, multidisciplinary certificate program for students in the health professions that provides opportunities for hands-on training, experience in rural and underserved communities, and networking with other students and professionals .
After learning about migrant farm worker clinics through the AHEC Scholars program, Jordan and Dr. Mayo-Gamble developed an independent study that would allow Jordan to gain real-world experience working with this population.
As part of her independent study, Bordeaux assisted in agricultural clinics for migrants and collaborated on a review presentation focused on the mental health of migrant agricultural workers. The independent study also allowed her to use Spanish to communicate health and wellness concepts.
“This course was one of the most impactful parts of my master’s program,” said Bordeaux. “Through the program, I improved my Spanish speaking and expanded my knowledge of the Latino and immigrant community and the experience of migrant farm workers.”
Bordeaux said she was grateful for all the amazing opportunities Georgia Southern gave her while she was a student.
“Georgia Southern really provided hands-on learning experiences that helped shape my future and equipped me with a wide range of transferable skills,” Bordeaux said. “This, I believe, will help me in a variety of concentrations.”
Mayo-Gamble noted how active Bordeaux was as a public health student.
“She was a graduate assistant in the Office of Student Wellness and Health Promotion and helped plan campus suicide prevention events as well as recruit Wellness Ambassadors and Peer Body Facilitators. Project,” Mayo-Gamble said. “She also obtained a mini-grant from the American College Health Association to examine COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and interned with the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential to garner support for comprehensive sex education. ”
Jordan’s long list of accomplishments and his passion for public health earned him the Graduate Student Leadership and Service Award at the 2022 Eagle Excellence Awards.
When she received her diploma during the opening ceremonies, Bordeaux reflected on her career plans.
“My plan for the future is to work in a community setting, where I can educate and empower others on topics related to sexual health, healthy relationships, mental health and addiction,” Bordeaux said.