Master of Public Health degree candidate
BA, Anthropology, Columbia College (Columbia University)
Health Finance/Health Systems Research
What are your career goals?
I hope to advance my career in public policy research, with a focus on financing health systems in developed and developing countries.
What sparked your interest in global health?
As a student at Stuyvesant High School, I interned at the Women's Health Department of the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center in New York City's Chinatown. Through the internship, and later as a staff member working on the Title X and grants program, I witnessed the positive impact that accessible and low-cost care can have on women in low-income communities. The demonstrable impact of Title X and HIV/AIDS prevention funding at the Center, in particular, led me to focus on the provision of family planning and reproductive health services during my Fulbright research period in 2005-2006.
How do you see yourself making a difference in public health because of the Global Health Scholarship?
The Global Health Scholarship will allow me to attend the Master of Public Health program at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and to participate in activities sponsored by the Center for Global Health. Through graduate training and supplemental programs, I hope to continue to engage in research on health services in developing countries, with a focus on building and financing sustainable health systems.
Who inspires you and why?
My academic mentor, Dr. Kathleen McDermott, was an enormous inspiration in my life. As the adviser for study abroad and post-graduate grant programs, Dr. McDermott encouraged me to address fieldwork and academic inquiry in a holistic manner -- to focus on building community relationships and engaging in cultural integration as fundamental components to research. From a personal vantage point, Dr. McDermott taught me how to persevere and follow my own interests, regardless of how unconventional or unattainable they may appear to be.