Our Fellows

Emma Gillette Emma Gillette
2018 Fellow

Biography

Emma is a passionate aspiring humanitarian majoring in Neuroscience with a minor in the Study of Religion at UCLA. At UCLA, Emma is involved in a number of organizations including the Trauma Research Program (TRP) at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Outdoor Adventures through UCLA Recreation. Emma also serves the UCLA and broader community through her roles in Humans of UCLA, UCLA Radio, Colleges Against Cancer, Bruin Shelter, and Greek Life.

In the summer of 2017, Emma spent 7 weeks studying Border Health and working on public health service projects in rural Thailand. As part of the study abroad program, she spent half of her time in Mae Sot, a rural area of Northwestern Thailand, living with a family in Puter Village, and working on a service project with her team of peers. Through this program, Emma and her team worked briefly with the Mae Tao Clinic, a clinic founded by Dr. Cynthia Maung in 1989 that primarily serves Burmese migrants who don’t have access to Thai national health care. Due to the Clinic’s limited resources, they are unable to offer pre-hospital care, making it difficult for patients in emergency situations to travel safely to the clinic. The conditions in Mae Sot, from landmines on the Myanmar border to pothole-ridden roads on the infamous Umphang Death Highway running through Mae Sot, often result in injuries requiring immediate attention and life-saving measures that must be provided by members of the surrounding communities. Emma, herself, was involved in a motor accident on the Death Highway and experienced firsthand the vulnerability of not having access to prehospital care. Though she walked away with very minor injuries, Emma committed to finding a way to ensure this community gained access to life-saving strategies when emergency medical situations arise.

Project: Stop the Bleed in Rural Thailand

When she returned from Thailand, Emma participated in a “Stop the Bleed” course to learn the laymen’s way to control life-threatening bleeding in a trauma situation. Some of this knowledge was also transferred from her Wilderness First Responder certification which she received through the Outdoor Leadership Training Program. As the 2018 Global Citizens Fellow, Emma partnered with the Mae Tao Clinic to offer free courses in First Aid, CPR, and Stop the Bleed techniques to ensure that the communities in Mae Sot are prepared for emergency situations.


For more details, see her short video.