Danielle Moyer began her career as a physician assistant in family practice in Central Pennsylvania, but the Drexel College of Nursing and Health Professions alum has since taken her training and compassion to some of the most dangerous places around the world. Working with organizations such as Global Health and World Health, she has served in hospitals and outpatient clinics in Uganda, provided medical services via mobile clinics during the civil war in South Sudan, treated civilian casualties during the Mosul offensive in Iraq and, most recently, cared for Rohingya refugees during a diphtheria outbreak in Bangladesh.
"It is difficult, and there are a lot of risks in this work," she says, "but life is always a risk. There's no promise of tomorrow, even here [in this country].”
CALLED TO HELP THE MOST VULNERABLE
Moyer credits this passion for caring to her Mennonite parents who took her on international service trips from a young age. Her parents and her faith have sustained her as she first pursued her graduate degree and then as she helped vulnerable people in places far from her Lancaster home.
“Knowing that my life is in someoneʼs hands who is greater than me allows me to give hope to those who have seen some of the most horrible things,” she says.
ONE STEP AT A TIME
Back in the States, Moyer is getting further training and obtaining Continuing Education credits to maintain her license. Still, the broader world beckons. A return to Uganda or Mosul? She remains committed to the work, but remains open to whatever may come next. “I take it one step at a time, and the road is shown when I get there,” she says.