Samantha Malone, MPH, CPH, communications specialist for CHEC and doctoral student at GSPH, is a recipient of a travel grant from Duquesne University to participate in their Emerging Leaders’ Extraction and Environment (E-LEEP) program. E-LEEP will take approximately 22 people from across the United States to Accra, Ghana this summer. There they will examine the effects of extractive industries on populations, economics, and the environment and share their experiences from working on similar issues in the U.S. For the last two years, CHEC and Sam have researched the potential environmental and public health impacts of natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale region and helped to develop FracTracker.org. E-LEEP enables concerned professionals to share their global perspectives on local issues – an absolutely priceless experience. As part of this initiative, Sam will be blogging regularly during her trip. Check back soon for field photographs and updates.