Looking for my next opportunity to hone my data analysis skills in service to my passion for public health and women's rights
My core belief that the opportunity to obtain one's health is an unequivocal human right has driven me at every stage of my career.
My interest in health at the international level has brought me all around the world. To Peru where I worked with an occupational therapist making wheel chair fittings for differently abled children in small villages. To Jordan where I conducted research on Palestinian women's experiences with accessing family planning. To UNICEF where I worked to make vaccine supply chains more efficient and managed data for a multi-national study. To South Africa where I served in the Peace Corps for two years then went on to work towards my masters in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of the Witwatersrand.
The next step in my career is bringing these experiences and skills gained home to New York. With the perspective gained from my field work and skills gained from my studies, I am looking forward to contributing to a team of scientists who share my passion for and belief in the ideal of equitable access to quality healthcare for all.
When I entered university I knew I wanted the focus of my career to be helping people, and the more I studied I knew I wanted to see the impact of my work actualised. At Johns Hopkins I was introduced to the field of public health, which I knew fit each of my criteria for my future. Once I started down this academic path, I found inspiration in unexpected places to guide me to my focus area. At the time, the Showmax show Homeland was just coming out. The images from that show, and generally growing up in a post-9/11 America, of women being treated as sub-human deeply touched me. As odd as it sounds, this inspired my passion for equitable access to women's healthcare and reproductive justice.
This lead me to study abroad in Amman, Jordan. In my program with the School for International Training (SIT), I had the privilege of studying along side an incredibly diverse cohort. I learned so much about feminism and anthropology during lunch breaks and on walks to the best falafel place on Rainbow street (which is Al Quds, I don't care what anyone says). One of my classmates lent me Nicholas Kristof's and Sheryl WuDunn's Half the Sky mid-way through the program. Reading that book was such a pivotal moment in my life and absolutely shaped my career since.
Reading the personal accounts in that book stabbed at my gut belief about the human right to health in ways I had never experienced before. The imagery of women needlessly dying during child birth due to a lack of access to appropriate medical equipment and care painted by Kristoff made me take a second look at my perspective on public health. Ever since, my research endeavours have been focused on women's experiences with health and access to reproductive health services with the hope that the more that is understood about how to best deliver this care, the fewer excuses there are for governments to leave these essential services overlooked.
I appreciate if you've read my life story this far, and I invite you to take a look at the greatest hits organised on my resume page (also available to download), look more at the research I have been working on for a collective four years, and find out more about my work with the Peace Corps in South Africa.
All the best,