Jesse Abbott-Klafter

Master of Public Health candidate

Dean's Summer Research Fellowship, University of California, San Francisco
Work in Mexico on health care reform with Harvard Inititative for Global Health
Work in Thailand on distribution, treatment and control rates for chronic disease with Ministry of Pubic Health

United States

Health systems, Health disparities, the relationship between health inequalities and wealth inequalities, biostatistics

What are your career goals?

As a physician, I plan to practice medicine in low income and underserved settings in the US and aim to continue research on health inequalities and the structural determinants of health, both internationally and domestically. I hope to use my clinical experience and public health knowledge to help design, implement, and improve health programs that work to reduce health disparities and improve access to care, such as those I have been involved with in South Africa and San Francisco.

What sparked your interest in global health?

My work at the Harvard Initiative for Global Health as well as work abroad in India, Thailand and South Africa combined with my interest in social justice.

How do you see yourself making a difference in public health because of the Global Health Scholarship?

As a physician and public health professional, I aim to provide care for the underserved at the individual level and work to decrease health inequalities at the population level. An MPH from Hopkins will help me achieve my goals by providing formal training in the statistical methods necessary to undertake independent research as well as a public health framework to inform programmatic work within the US and abroad. The Global Health Scholarship is critical to my career goals as it makes this degree financially possible.

Who inspires you and why?

There are many people who inspire me but none that I wish to be singularly identified with.

People

Yukari C. Manabe, MD

Associate Director of Global Health Research and Innovation

Joanne Katz, ScD MS,BSc

Associate Chair, Director of Academic Programs

Robert Bollinger Jr., MD MPH

Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education (CCGHE); Associate Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Global...

Noreen Hynes, MD MPH

Director, Geographic Medicine Center of the Division of Infectious Diseases

Caitlin Kennedy, PhD MPH,BA

Co-Director, MPH concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health; Associate Director, Center for Qualitative...

Stefan Baral, MD MPH,MBA,MSc

Director, Key Populations Program
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Projects

Nutrition Innovation Lab

"Poshan", which means good nutrition in Nepali is ongoing research that involves two interlinked large-scale research studies...

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Identification and Enumeration of Pathogens in Drinking...

CWH researchers are using polymerase chain reaction and mass spectrometry technologies to develop a microbial isolation and...

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Mpilonhle

Mpilonhle brings multi-dimensional services to adolescents in rural South Africa. Its objective is to reduce the very high...

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Building an Enabling Environment for Vaccines in India...

This project, now in its second phase, aims to create an enabling environment for vaccines in India and contribute to...

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