Elizabeth Koleski

I grew up as a “global nomad” attending ten schools in twelve years in six countries, that experience led me to have had a keen interest in working internationally with disadvantaged people.  After obtaining a Bachelor in Science in Nursing, I worked as a community health nurse in urban poor communities and with migrant farm workers in Florida. After starting a family, my husband, our three children and I moved to the Amazon rain forest of Ecuador where I developed a patient education program based out of a small community hospital. After five years, my family and I moved to Lilongwe, Malawi where I worked for three years in a free HIV/AIDS hospital and clinic, developing a community outreach program. I trained community health workers in HIV care. Our focus was on preventing ARV resistance and developing community and church based support groups for people living with AIDS. Some of the more rewarding groups were the kids and teens clubs for children with HIV.Currently I am teaching nursing at Pima Community College. My interest is in completing the MDP to continue working in Public Health, using the best practices in development to impact global health.  

Degree or Program: 

Nursing (BS)

Practicum partner: 

AMOS Health and Hope


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