Alexandra DeAngelis is currently working with Professor Tamara Kay to study Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes), which is a collaborative model that enables medical experts to serve as mentors for community healthcare workers. The goal of Project ECHO is to ensure that patients can receive high-quality care in their home communities and to increase access to specialty treatments in underserved regions of the world. DeAngelis works primarily on using qualitative data coding software for interview transcript analysis in order to study the global diffusion of the ECHO model.
During the Winter Term of her sophomore year, DeAngelis participated in the St. Francis Menstrual Health Project in Uganda through Kaya Responsible Travel. With a team of three other Notre Dame students, DeAngelis worked virtually with a community of adolescent girls and young women from outside of Jinja, Uganda, to improve their menstrual health by assisting trainers in providing education on the topic and teaching them how to make reusable pads. In April of 2021, DeAngelis attended the Virtual Global Health & Innovation Conference hosted by Unite for Sight, and, during the summer of 2021, she participated in Notre Dame International’s Virtual Global Professional Experience Program. Under the mentorship of Dra. Tania Estrada Jiménez, a professor in the Department of Medical Sciences at Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP), DeAngelis conducted research on the role of non-structural proteins in the viral replication of dengue. DeAngelis is studying abroad in Puebla, Mexico for the Fall 2021 semester and is continuing her work with Dra. Estrada at UPAEP, with the ultimate goal of identifying a target for an antiviral drug that could be used to treat dengue. In Puebla, DeAngelis is also rotating through urgent care, university medical clinic, and physical therapy services to learn about how medicine is practiced in Mexico.