Jessica Dyck '18

Jessica Dyck, Class of 2018, was a Natural Science (Chemistry) major from Lynnwood, Washington.  Jessica worked in the Biology Department as a Storeroom Assistant, and also as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community and MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital.  Jessica served as a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority and President of the Panhellenic Council.  Jessica studied abroad on the School for International Training's International Honors Program (IHP), which started in Washington, D.C. and then travelled to Hanoi, Vietnam, Cape Town, South Africa, and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Jessica was part of a team that studied traditional healing methods and conducted semi-structured interviews with healthcare providers. In her GDS thesis, The Prevention, Perception, and Treatment of the Double Burden of Disease in South AfricaJessica outlined the historical and political effects on the double burden of disease in South Africa. The double burden is the coupling of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, with infectious diseases, such as tuberculosis. Jessica's main focus was on the effects of apartheid poor leadership on HIV and noncommunicable diseases (specifically, metabolic disorders).