The Sten H. Vermund Award for Excellence in Global Health recognizes the graduating medical student who has most demonstrated a strong commitment to improving the health of the people of or from low- or middle-income countries through distinguished scholarship, education, and/or contributions to the improvement of clinical care. The award was established in 2017 to honor Dr. Sten H. Vermund, the founding director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health.
Kia Quinlan is a leader and innovator in global health and has demonstrated a strong commitment to global health throughout her time at Vanderbilt University. During her time at Vanderbilt, Kia has been involved in many of the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health’s programs and courses. Through the Integrated Science Course: Global Health, Kia completed a clinical rotation with Primeros Pasos Clinic in Guatemala. She engaged with indigenous populations through clinical care and community health outreach programs. In pursuing her goal to open a clinic in St. Kitts, where she has familial roots, she completed a Special Study Elective. She conducted key informant stakeholder interviews and developed a business plan for the clinic. Demonstrative of her passion to learn about health care delivery in international settings, outside of her coursework, she has engaged in health and community services in Anguilla, Honduras, Namibia, Nicaragua, the Philippines, and Saint Martin.
Kia placed first in the 2021 Vanderbilt Global Health Case Competition and represented Vanderbilt University at the Morningside International Global Health Case Competition. She was Vice President of Communications for the Owen Black Student Association, Co-Leader of the Vanderbilt Pediatrics Interest Group, a Young Leaders Board Member for Make-a-Wish Middle Tennessee, President of the Christian Union Yale Alumni Board, President and Choreographer for VMS Dance, and an Executive Board Member for the Student National Medical Association.
Kia is a dual degree student and will earn a M.D. and M.B.A. in May 2022. She will begin a residency in pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine.
We congratulate Kia as the recipient of the 2022 Sten H. Vermund Award for Excellence in Global Health!