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Monique Petrofsky

Class of 1983, Major - Nursing
Battling Deadly Diseases
Captain Monique Petrofsky's nursing career has taken her from a small Vermont town to the American southwest, the West African desert, and cities in Asia. Her latest job with the commissioned corps of the United States Public Health Service is in Anchorage, Alaska. Petrofsky's first USPHS assignment was with the Indian Health Services on an Arizona reservation, where she went to fulfill her commitment for funding her Saint Anselm education. Later, she earned a master's degree in public health at Johns Hopkins University. Her global course was set in 1994, when she was sent to a refugee camp in Zaire because of her fluency in French. She spent many years battling deadly disease in Africa. Partly as a result of her efforts, guinea worm disease has been eradicated in Nigeria and is close to being conquered in several other countries.

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