Helen Coster, a New York- based staff writer at Forbes, will be traveling to Bolivia in the fall on a fellowship with the International Reporting Project. Ms. Coster's blog post is reprinted with permission from Forbes.

I’m in Washington, D.C. as part of a fellowship with the International Reporting Project. Next Saturday I head to Bolivia, where I’ll be reporting and writing on public health and a number of different topics.

One advantage of spending time in D.C.—in addition to meeting other IRP fellows and running past the White House— is the opportunity to meet with the world-class scientists and policy makers who work here. Yesterday I met with Dr. Peter Hotez, the president of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, a non-profit organization that’s affiliated with George Washington University.